Check in & Out
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Checking-in or checking-out is a simple yet effective way for a team to open or close a process, symbolically and in a collaborative way. Checking-in/out invites each member in a group to be present, seen and heard, and to express a reflection or a feeling.
Stand or sit in a circle. Invite each member of the group to share one thing they “check-in” with. This could be a feeling, a reflection from the previous day, an attitude they bring into this session, or something playful like “the animal that represents my mood today.” Choose a check-in question based on the group and the purpose of the program.
TIP: Managing time is crucial for running effective meetings. As a facilitator you can introduce different constraints to a check-in to allow for more or less time. Examples are:
“In one word…”
“In two words…”
“In one sentence…”
“Think of three things…”
“Taking as much time as you need…”
One-by-one participants check-in, either in order around the circle or at random. Once every person has checked-in one time, check-in is over.
Stand or sit in a circle. Invite each member of the group to share one thing they “check-out” with. This could be a feeling, a reflection experience, the most important thing they take with them. Choose a check-out question based on the group and the purpose of the program. (What do you want to take forward? What was a highlight for you? What is one way you will use something you have learned here? What next step do you plan to take?)
One-by-one participants check-out either in order around the circle or at random. Once every person has checked-out one time, check-out is over.
If you have a co-facilitator, appoint him or her to role model how it works, otherwise: set the example yourself.
Original source: hyperisland.com