Modelling Beginnings and Ends
- In pairs. 15 minutes each way.
your partner to self-model their strategy for knowing when they consider today's event started/began.
When did [today's Developing Group] start for you?
How do you know that's when it started?
Note any words or gestures that symbolise them having started.
Debrief in whole group: Compare and contrast people's models of knowing an event has started.PART B
- Two pairs become a team of 4. (Do not specify a time for Part B)
Handout an envelope to each team. The envelope contains strips of paper each of which has printed on it one of the 'beginnings' or 'ends' words listed below. Each team is to:
1. Separate the enclosed words into two groups:
2. Arrange the words spatially so you have a sequence depicting the temporal relationships between the words.
After some groups appear to have finished and some haven't (usually about 15 minutes) ask everyone to stop, whether they have finished on not.
Hand each team a piece of paper drawn thus:
3. Each team member marks where they were on the time line were when 'time' was called in activity APART C
- Pair up with someone else in your team. 15 minutes each way.
your partner to self-model their strategy for knowing when they have
(or will have) finished Part A of the activity. Start by asking them
which ever question is appropriate:
How did you know you had finished/completed the 'sorting the words' activity?
How would you have known you had finished/completed the 'sorting the words' activity?
Note any words or gestures that symbolise them having finished:
[Examples from the group were:
- That's it.
- That's enough for now.
- I decided to end it.
- Time to move on.
- I just finished.
- Done it.
- Good enough.
- It's over.]
Debrief in whole group: Compare and contrast people's model's of knowing they have finished the activity.PART D
- In the whole group
Questions to the whole group:
How many arranged the words:
Beginning/Start -> End/Finished
End/Finished -> Begin/Start?
What happens when swap them round in your mind?
Did you notice more of a response to some words than others (in Part B)?
If so, which had the most and least chage for you?
Do you have a preference for:
If so, put them in order of preference.
What could this tell you about who you might like to have in a work team?
Is there a relationship between your models for starts/begins and ends/finishes (Part A and Part C) and how you start/end:
- a client session?PART E
- a conversation?
- a relationship?
- a job?
- a project?
Do any patterns enable you?
And do any inhibit you?
- In pairs. 45 minutes each way.
Facilitate your partner to self-model how thay
Given what you now know about yourself in relation to beginnings/starts and ends/finishes, what would you like to have happen?List of words about 'beginning' and 'ending':
Set in motion
Draw to a close