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Public Achievement Issue Development

Small Group Work Plan for Sept. 13


OBJECTIVES

1. Brainstorm issue and problem ideas

    Students will think about, share and hear ideas.

2. Introduce MSU coaches and DMMS students

     Coaches will meet students who will be in PA.

3. Introduce all to PA

Everyone share what they think PA is, and state their expectations. Begin to work democratically in team-sized groups. Coaches practice being facilitators.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

1. Whatever is needed for an icebreaker as chosen by individual coaches.

2. A written agenda

3. Paper and pen/pencil

3. Suggested: A talking piece to facilitate speaking and listening.

 

SUGGESTED PROCESS

1. GET SEATED AND PREPARE TO HAVE A MEETING

Sit in a circle that includes everyone. Take turns speaking, listening.

 

If you choose to use a talking piece, show it, to demonstrate that only the person holding the piece has permission to talk and others should listen. Tell the group you will be passing the talking piece around the circle and everyone will have several turns to speak.

 

With or without a talking piece, only one person can talk at a time. Let them know that you are the facilitator for the day and they will get to take turns doing this their future teams. You might use the concepts of democracy and equality. "In a really democratic group everyone shares equally -equal speaking, equal listening."

2 DO AN ICE-BREAKER TO GET ACQUAINTED (5 min)

The Green Book has examples of both ice-breakers (pp. 76-77) and team builders (pp. 78-81, 93-96). You may have ideas of your own to get people to introduce themselves in a fun way.

3. TALK ABOUT WHAT PUBLIC ACHIEVEMENT IS AND CAN BE  (5 min)

Ask the youth what they think PA is and could be at its best. Find out what they know about PA and their expectations. Why are they in PA?

Explain what you think. You can be honest that you are just learning about PA.

-How does PA work?   

-What can it be at its best?

            Youth identify issues                                   Work together as a group

            Teams formed around issues                     Learn Skills

            Coaches                                                         Make a difference in public/community

                                    Democracy                Citizenship                Power

Tell them about the issues assembly and what will happen next week. Stress the importance of the teams issue or problem the teams. Youth will come up with the choices. You will be working on these all year long.

4. BRAINSTORM ISSUES AND PROBLEMS (and projects)  (15 min)

Ask: "What public issues or problems do you think young citizens should work on? What problems are there that affect young people like you? What problems or issues are there that young people like you can affect?

What Issue or Problem?

School

young people

local  community

state or nation

world

 

-BRAINSTORM as many ideas as possible without discussing.

-USE CATEGORIES ABOVE to see what they came up with, and encourage more and wider thinking.

-COME UP WITH SOME OTHER ISSUES.
-DISCUSS: go back and discuss the issues that came up.

a. If they come up with projects ask what the bigger problem is.

b. Are these public problems or issues?  Who is affected by the problem?

c. What could be done to address this issue?  Discuss feasibility.

    &Address& probably doesn't mean & solve.& It could be publicize, help, educate,

      organize to get others working on solutions.

d. How would we learn more about the issue (research)?

-PLAN TO LEARN MORE: Urge them to find out about other issues and talk to parents, teachers (social studies especially) about these and other ideas.

 

7. DO A LITTLE EVALUATION the last 3-5 minutes.

Call it evaluation and say why it is important in public meetings.

 

Please take notes on the issues raised and turn this in to Chris Boyce.

 

BE PREPARED with some activity or topic in case there is time left over.

Brainstorm: What is a good citizen? Find out what they think of politics?

Jesse Ventura?