Dealing with conflicts: Chair Play

Stage of the project

Working Phase

Aims

  • reflect one´s own and group behaviour
  • understand dynamic of conflicts

Settings

  • room which is big enough to move around
  • as many chairs as participants

Learning Outcome

  • strengthen communication skills
  • strengthen ability to reflect
  • Promote self-awareness

Activities

Building 3 groups

Atoms and Molecules:

Participants move in the room – the trainer proclaims a number: 5!
Groups with 5 participants are formed.

Silent Action

Each group is getting a different order:

  • 1st group: Set up all chairs in the room as quickly as possible in a circle.
  • 2nd group: Bring all chairs in the room as quickly as possible in front of the door.
  • 3rd group: Bring all chairs in the room as quickly as possible in a corner of the room.

without talking to each other

Feedback and Reflection

Plenary: Reflect and discuss following questions:

  • What did you notice, what happened?
  • How were the reactions and interactions?
  • Were there any conflicts?
  • Did you find nonverbal conversation with others?