Anticipating & Evaluating the Consequences of One’s Actions
Promoting Personal & Collective Well-Being
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Health & Wellness Programming
The dynamics of this simple, yet difficult group initiative will invite your group to interact and engage with each other in a manner that necessarily speaks to the benefits of having developed a set of supportive and healthy behavioural norms in advance. Or, if not, you could focus on any less-than-desired interactions or outcomes to explore what sorts of behaviours your group would prefer to see and commit to in the future.
For example, in addition to those described in the Reflection Tips tab, you could invite your group to reflect on the following questions to explore a variety of full value behaviours such as:
How did the group demonstrate its ability to care for self and others?
Generally speaking, how did the group make decisions? Were all members involved, and if not, why not?
What types of leadership were demonstrated during the exercise? Were they effective?
Was adaptability a key component of the group’s success? What are some examples?
Were there moments of safety that concerned you? Why?
Line-Up Sequence: There are dozens of ways to ask your group to re-arrange their position on the pole, including:
– Date of birth (not including year) from 1 January to 31 December;
– Last two digits of your mobile (cell) phone number from 00 to 99;
– Height from tallest to shortest;
– Shoe size (actual, not stated size) from smallest to biggest;
– Colour of tops from lightest to darkest; etc.
TP Shuffle Jam: Start with half of your team at each end of the pole. Challenge each smaller group to pass the other team to stand on the other side.
Accessible: Take a look at TP Shuffle on a Rope to present a more accessible version of this classic group initiative anywhere, inside or out using just a rope on the floor/ground.
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Useful Framing Ideas
Sometimes, when we think about support in the context of adventure programs, we often just focus on physical support, but this is only part of the picture. Emotional and mental support is just, if not more important. This next exercise will provide you and your group with an opportunity to explore the benefits of many types of support…
Okay, now that you are standing on the pole, without getting off it, make an effort to see and speak with others who are positioned at the other end of the pole [ allow time … ] As you experienced, it’s very difficult to communicate as a group when standing in a straight line, which is why circles are so useful in group discussions. Keep this experience in mind as you tackle this next exercise…
Reflection Tips & Strategies
Coupled with one or more reflection strategies, here are some sample questions you could use to process your group’s experience after undertaking this fun group initiative:
What was the first thing you said or did as soon as you discovered you would have to move your position on the pole? Why?
What processes (if any) did your group adopt during the exercise? How effective were they?
How easy or difficult was it for the group to communicate?
What types of feelings were experienced during the task? How many of these were observed or acknowledged? Does this mean anything?
What types of support were offered? Did these supports assist your group to be successful?
If you were to attempt this task again, what would you do differently?
The inspiration for the TP Shuffle is generally unknown but was popularised during the development of Project Adventure‘s adventure-based curriculum in the early 1970s.