To evaluate the process of small group facilitation.
Experience planning an hour group meeting.
Enough Group Cubes for one per small group
Scenarios of group situations
Copies of Group Facilitation Guide and Group Planning Form
BEFORE THE MEETING
You will need to prepare enough Group Cubes for each small
group. To do this, you’ll simply need to copy it, cut along the dark
lines, fold along the lighter lines and tape the edges together.
Also, cut the Group Scenarios into slips to give to each small
group in the Learning Activity A, as well as make a copy of the
Group Facilitation Guide for each small group.
NOTES TO THE LEADER
In this session on group facilitation, participants will give their
input on what they think is helpful to a positive group experience,
as well as plan their own small group meetings.
Also, be sure to inform the participants that there is more
informational resources in their participation packets that may be
helpful in planning and evaluating meetings they lead.
10 min. Instruct participants to move into their small groups. Give each
small group a Group Cube. Instruct them to take turns tossing the
cube in the air and answering the question on the cube that lands
A. STYLES OF FACILITATION
10 min. Refer to the “Understanding styles of facilitators” resource (II-B) in
their participant packets. Briefly go over the four different
leadership styles and ask them for personal examples of each.
B. SMALL GROUP SCENARIOS
20 min. Say to the group,
“A large part of a successful group meeting is the
preparation and thoughtfulness that goes into the meeting
beforehand. To be best prepared, it’s important to think
about the big picture, like the goal or purpose of the
meeting, expectations what you hope the group will gain,
etc. But you also have to pay attention to the details, like
space, supplies, meeting agenda, snacks, etc. In your small
groups, we’re going to practice planning meetings.”
Collect the cubes and distribute a different group scenario, as well
as a “Group Facilitation Guide” (II-F) and the “Meeting Outline” (II-
E) for each group. Tell them they have 20 minutes to design a
one-hour group session based on the guidelines from the
scenarios. Encourage them to use the “Group Facilitation Guide”
(II-F) and the “Meeting Outline” (II-E)
After 20 minutes, have them describe their mock session to the
NOTE: Depending upon the experience participants have planning
and leading groups, they may need more time and/or guidance
with this activity.
If a small group is particularly skilled in the group facilitation area,
you can add the following challenges to their scenarios:
You have a group member who really struggles with
You have a group member who has a broken leg.
Only four people show up.
The participants really don’t seem to like the other
C. THE _________ MODEL OF GROUP DEVELOPMENT
15 min. (REPLACE TUCKMAN MODEL HERE)
Referring the group members to their supplemental Personal
5 min. Reflection worksheet about Group Facilitation (II-H), ask the
participants to spend five minutes reflecting on their experiences
by answering the questions. These will not be shared with other