Reflection Prompts

Getting Stuck?

Purpose: This exercise gives participants a chance to slow down and take stock of where they are in the process. It helps them identify any areas that they need to clarify.

Materials: Paper and pens for each participant.

Process:

  • Have participants select an image based on the prompt.
  • Ask participants to write about it non-stop for two minutes.
  • Give participants 30 seconds to re-read what they wrote and come up with a one-sentence summary.
  • Ask each participant to share their one-sentence summary with the group.

Prompt: Select an image that represents something that feels missing or stuck.

Variants: Pick one or more images to create a story that is outrageous and preposterous.

Tips:

  • Give the group a thirty-second warning before they need to stop writing.
  • Encourage participants, even if they feel stuck, to not censor themselves or second-guess—just keep writing for the two minute period.

Easy Free-Writer

Purpose: This exercise gives participants a chance to slow down and take stock of where they are in the process. It lets them focus on a particular area of what they have covered so far.

Materials: Paper and pens for each participant.

Process:

  • State the prompt.
  • Give participants twenty seconds to choose an image.
  • Give participants one minute to free write about how the image relates to the prompt.
  • Have participants read what they wrote and circle anything that stands out or feels hot.
  • Give participants one additional minute to write about what they circled.
  • Give each participant an opportunity to talk about what they  wrote.

Prompt: Select an image that represents (state aspect of topic you want them to reflect on).

Tips:

  • Choose an aspect of the topic you want the group to write about in advance.
  • Keep the writing topic somewhat broad.
  • Give the group a twenty-second warning before they need to stop writing.

 

The Visual Icebreaker is also available in a printed version