After some consideration about specific situation, I tried something new. With the groups that knew each other well, a name card activity was not very challenging. So during a recent program I asked each person to create a card with a value on it - something each person brought to their particular group. To help with their consideration I scattered around the tables some Value Cards (print-n-play). (They were not required to choose one of these values specifically, they were provided as a resource if needed.)
After everyone created a card we gathered in a big circle to see (look at) what everyone chose. Then, I led them through the Name Card Return (Part 1) process. Over the number of rounds we played, it was fun to hear the value-related stories about some of the participants. We also spent some of the discussion time talking about how these same values would help them throughout their program.
During the program I brought out the cards as a processing tool to see how the values were holding up for them - what values were clear to see and which ones could be better utilized. (NOTE: When I initially considered using value words instead of names, I didn't think about using the cards throughout the program - the realization occurred during the program. Lesson: build it and see what it does and be open to what else it can do.)
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Chris Cavert, Ed.D.