This is what I’ve learned from a Relationship month with fifth and sixth graders:
Create ways for students to voice questions anonymously.
This is a great way to get the ball rolling especially in a big group.
Big groups are great for generating lots and lots of questions.
Big groups are intimating when you have deep/personal questions to ask.
In big groups, its hard to address specifics.
Big groups come with lots of different opinions, ideas, + thoughts.
Make sure adults + students are heard.
Big groups raise awareness about what others are dealing with and the questions they are asking.
They remind us we are not alone.
Big groups need a moderator…
someone to keep the decision rolling and moving in the right direction.
Small groups help after a big group talk/discussion because they allow space to solidify points.
Small groups have the ability to discuss questions of a personal nature.
Small groups provide accountability.
Small groups must address specifics.
Small groups provide a place to be challenging in your thinking.
In a small group, your name and story is more fully known.
Big or small their are positive and negatives of each.
Knowing the dynamics of each is helpful in deciding which is a better tool in your situation.
What would you add to these lists? What have you learned from the dynamics of each?