The facilitator awards each participant a candy bar that reflects a personal story or experience that was shared at a prior meeting.
This builds on a prior strategy where participants have shared a formative experience that they had between the ages of 10-13 (or whatever age the students are that they work with). Then they talked about how this informed the way they interact with their students. This could also be used to build on other types of stories or experiences shared during prior meetings or interactions.
The facilitator summarizes the participant’s story and then awards the related candy bar.
For example, one teacher had related how she played the violin when she was in elementary school. When she joined an orchestra in the 6th grade she was amazed and in awe about how much better it was to collaborate with others and how that enriched her musical experience. She has held on to the spirit of collaboration ever since. She received a Symphony bar.
This exercise is a fun way to open a meeting while continuing to build relationships and community.