Lesson Plan: A City of Neighborhoods New York Community Districts; 'Piece-full' Resolutions
Mapzzles ® can be used for people, places and geographic spaces to initiate positive give and take where the specific objectives are to:
1. Build self-esteem
2. Encourage self-confidence
3. Model successful cooperation
4. Teach useful team-building skills
5. Facilitate risk taking and a reason to share
6. Provide emotional distance from personal issues
7. Address issues of scarcity and/or perceptions of insufficiency
8. Identify limits and/or explore issues related to boundaries
9. Demonstrate mind-mapping methods of conflict resolution
10. Achieve your mission by means of collaboration and time on task
GOAL: To assemble a Panorama of New York City Community Districts by cooperative means while engaging one another in a non-verbal activity.
PROCESS: Seven Steps
1. Assign the GOAL. (Step 1 and 3 may be reversed).
2. Optional step. Display a picture of the GOAL completed. Give it's actual size (18x 24)
3. Distribute pieces among the participants any way you choose. There are only 108 pieces.
4. Designate a clean flat surface larger than the area of the completed objective.
Provide free and easy access from all sides.
1. NO talking or signaling to others.
2. NO hitting, pushing or taking pieces away from others.
3. GIVE - when you see what you have is needed.
6. Begin. Encourage participants to follow the RULES.
7. Time the activity or set time limits; ex. ( 15 minutes ).
Process Comments / Observation Questions. Follow-up Activity Approx.20 minutes
1. Who initiated activity?
2. Who were the leaders?
3. How were boundaries defined?
4. Who was it that provided the last piece?
5. Was the task completed inside-out or outside-in?
6. Did border or corner pieces appear early in the process or later?
7. Were areas of text finished before local areas were completed?
8. Was anyone unable to contribute?
9. Did you observe any conflicts being re-solved?
10. What pattern of cooperation did you see?
11. How could the process have been improved?
12. What else can this activity teach?
TEN OTHER WAYS
1. Complete picture-side down without clear vision or a mission.
2. Assemble corners, top down or placing edge pieces first.
3. Start with a color; red, or purple etc., and assemble outward.
4. Give more pieces to some participants, less to others.
5. Do it with or without time limits.
6. Ask 'right-handers' to use only their left hands and vice versa.
7. Have everybody cover one eye. No peeking allowed.
8. Blindfold half the group during the activity.
9. Invite teams of 3 to connect their pieces before tabling them.
10. Assemble one Borough at a time, green, white, yellow etc.
The Power of MAP Metaphor (Means of Aerial Perspective)
Metaphors are methods of perception that help us see the world in different ways as being one thing or another. There are multiple definitions for anything. Mapzzles ® are maps that are puzzles. Mapzzles® are games too. Mapzzles® are virtual problems needing to be solved whether the mission is virtual or visual or vaguely undefined. Mapzzles® are icebreakers as well as team builders.
Mapzzles™ are Meta-Fours © More than the sum of their parts. And so are you! How do I know? How do any of us know what we know? Only four ways. We believe. We think. We feel. We do. We carry that FIRE (spirit) of place within us and where ever we are and where ever we go we hold the FIRE within Faith, Intuition, Reason and Experience teach us all we know - and we are life long learners all.
But what kind of learner are you and how do you know that? Are you
Bring this to your group and invite a discussion of the meaning of each preceding metaphor.
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