IAF Methods

Bridges, Magnets, and Islands

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Used in a team building program.

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Goal

Participants use bridges, magnets and islands as metaphors to explore group dynamics.

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Materials

    Instructions

    Before

    Setting: Post pictures of bridges, magnets and islands on the wall.

    During

    Context
    Share with the group: "We are going to use the metaphors of bridges, magnets, and islands to discuss the dynamics of groups. Every group has different degrees of bridges, magnets and islands."

    Steps

    1. Divide the group into smaller groups (if over 12)

    2. Have each group list 10 to 15 words they associate with each of the 3 terms-bridges, magnets, and islands. Capture these on flip-charts.

    3. Ask participants to discuss how bridges operate in groups.
    4. Ask participants to discuss how magnets operate in groups.
    5. Ask participants to discuss how islands operate in groups.
    6. Now discuss how different combinations of these things change groups dynamics. What are some illustrations of these dynamics.

    Reflection

    1. If you divide into groups ask: "What were some of the associations you made with bridges... magnets,... islands?"

    2. What were some of the dynamics you discussed?

    3. What are some of the insights from the discussion?

    4. What are some things you learned?

    5. What can you use in your work with groups?

    After

    Usual or Expected Outcomes: An increased understanding of how groups work.

    Background

    Source: Bonnie Tsai

    Derived from: Bonnie Tsai presented this at the 2007 Conference of the International Alliance for Learning Conference.

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