Announce that you would like each person to share their response to three G’s:
– What’s Good in your life?
– What’s Goofy about you?
– What Goal(s) are you aiming to achieve?
Allow 2 to 5 minutes for conversation.
Video Transcript for Three G Debrief
presented by Nate Folan
So one of the things you might think about in your own programming is, are there moments where there’s transitions.
If you’re in a school going from class to class, if you’re going from one space to another, right? You think you’re just walking in for lunch, whatever it is, there’s really moments that you could take advantage of, and to be brief because we are moving up so then we can have an experience on the course again then come back down for lunch.
But sometimes it’s a game, like you could even use Count Off, which you did in a sitting circle, trying to get to twenty without talking to each other. That’s a great one walking up.
This one is just a brief conversation with a partner, and it revolves around three G.
The three G for you is having a conversation on three words, that is
What’s Good in your life, that’s the first G.
Second one what’s Goofy about you, that’s your second G.
And the third one is, your Goals, what are you seeing? Are they popping up? Are you getting what you need for your goals?
So what’s Good, what’s Goofy, your Goals.
So that’s your three topics to discuss as you walk up. Cool?
How To Play Narrative
One of the keys to conducting a productive debrief is variety. Here’s another fun one to add to your repertoire…
Ask your group to break into small groups of two, three or no more than four people.
Then announce that you would like each person to share their responses to the following three questions, all of which feature the letter ‘G:’
What is Good in your life?
What is Goofy about you?
What Goal(s) are you aiming to achieve in this experience?
There is no particular order, and each person will share at whatever level they feel comfortable with.
Practical Leadership Tips
Take a look at Useful Debriefing Tips to learn about the benefits of processing your group’s experience, and how to run a successful debrief.
The Three G debrief strategy is ideal for transitions, ie when you want to occupy your group as you move from one spot to another. A strolling conversation is somehow always more poetic than a stationary chat.
Design a series of questions (connected to your nominated letter, eg G) where at least one of the questions challenges an individual to share something personal about themselves. Naturally, the beauty of this exercise is that as the sharing only occurs in small groups, an individual will likely feel more comfortable to share than would otherwise be possible.
After several minutes of sharing, you may choose to ask several people (or everyone) to share their response to one of the more important questions to the larger group, eg their G for Goal.
You could integrate Three G Debrief as part of a well-designed SEL program to develop your group’s ability to understand their emotions, thoughts and values and how these influence behaviour in different situations.
Specifically, this activity offers opportunities to explore and practice the following social & interpersonal skills:
Linking Feelings, Values & Thoughts
Identifying Personal, Cultural & Linguistic Assets
You can learn more about SEL and how it can support character education here.
Health & Wellness Programming
There is no specific health & wellness perspective to this activity other than promoting the benefits of self-awareness and sharing with others (see Social-Emotional Learning tab for more.)
If you can think of more explicit ways in which Three G Debrief could be purposefully integrated into a health and wellness program, please leave a comment at the base of this page.
Swap & Share: For purposes of interaction and mixing, form new groups several times, repeating the sharing as above.
Combo Debrief: Involve a large group, where you Whip Around the circle inviting individual responses.
Any Letter Will Do: Take a look at the Three H Debrief to focus your processing on another letter of the alphabet. Indeed, you can adopt any other letter of the alphabet, for example, the letter A where you discuss something: – Awesome about yourself,
– Average about your abilities, and
– what you Aim to achieve in this experience.
Open the Virtual Adaptation tab to learn how to present this activity online.
Allocate the participants of your virtual or remote gathering into unique breakout rooms of two people, and proceed as described above.
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Useful Framing Ideas
It may sound like…
“DISCUSS WITH THE PARTNERS IN YOUR GROUP YOUR RESPONSE TO THREE QUESTIONS WHICH ALL FEATURE THE LETTER ‘G’ – WHAT’S GOOD IN YOUR LIFE, WHAT IS GOOFY ABOUT YOU, AND WHAT GOALS DO YOU PLAN TO ACHIEVE DURING THIS EXPERIENCE…”
The inspiration for Three G Debrief was sourced from my good friend, colleague and playmeo contributor Nate Folan.