Method & Sources

Exercises from the sensitivity courses for teachers

Block I

For teachers, facilitators and artists
This activity can be helpful for reflecting on aspects of your identity as a teacher/facilitator/artist and how these may play out in the school context. (To reflect on other intersectional aspects of your identity, see the G.R.A.C.E.S. exercise in Block II.)

Activity: Identity and School (30 min.)

How do the different parts of my identity affect my students? How do the identities of my students affect me? 

a) Write your perception/impression for yourself on a sheet of paper (5 min.)
b) In separate rooms, we share about this one-on-one (10 min.)

  • Person 1 shares while Person 2 writes down what he/she hears.
  • Person 2 then repeats what he/she has heard (not his/her own opinion, etc.).
  • Then the pair switches roles

c) Finally, in the big group, your partner shares what he/she heard from you (15 min.)

Block II

G.R.A.C.E.S. Exercise (30 min.)

This exercise is suitable for teachers as well as artists and facilitators to consider aspects of identity (and their related forms of discrimination) together.

The exercise is divided into three steps:

After participants reflect for themselves and write down their own G.R.A.C.E.S., they share aspects from this step in plenary or small groups.

1. What aspects make up our identity?

Let’s take 5 minutes to gather what we understand of these aspects.

Now let’s add the forms of discrimination that are related to each area. (5 min.)

2. What are your G.R.A.C.E.S. today?

(Gender, Race/Religion, Age/Ability, Class/Culture, Education, Sexuality)

Please take 5 minutes to reflect on your own G.R.A.C.E.S.. Write down your G.R.A.C.E.S. for today.

3. Share.

A sharing round about one aspect of your “G.R.A.C.E.S.” that you would like to share today (5 min.).

Block III

A simple activity for teachers that might be especially relevant for online learning is the waterfall method. It can be used to consolidate understanding, for example after a theoretical input, and makes individual perceptions visible.

All participants in an online event simultaneously type their understanding as a short text or in one word in the chat. Only when the instructing person gives a “Go,“ everyone simultaneously hits the ‘enter’ key. All the answers appear in a kind of waterfall.

Block IV

For teachers/educators:

The mind map activity may be a helpful educational tool for educators. The list of questions and an example of the mind map can be found here: Mind Map Exercise

For teachers/educators:

This mind mapping activity is structured around a series of questions intended to help teachers reflect on what they already have, how they would like to grow, and what they will need to get there. If you would like a reflective exercise to help you set intentions for your growth, this exercise could help.