Each week, Instant Meeting presents an idea or activity that you might use to make staff meetings more interesting, teacher-centered, educational, or fun.
This fun activity ensures that all meeting participants are actively engaged and participating; everybody gives their 2 cents (or a five cents!).
This format can be used for an entire meeting or for the part of it that focuses on discussion a topic of school-wide interest or importance.
"Instant Meeting" Idea
Do the conversations at your meetings always seem to be dominated by a few outspoken and opinionated -- and perhaps even pessimistic -- participants?
The next time you plan a meeting where you will present a topic for school-wide discussion -- a topic about which you want to hear from everybody in the room -- come prepared: At the start of the meeting, "pay" each participant 5 pennies. Each time a participant wants to speak, he or she must "spend" a penny.
If your group is small, or if you don't want the discussion to go too long, you might give participants only 2 or 3 pennies. If you give everybody 2 pennies, then each person has his or her opportunity to give their two cents.
If you want to really motivate discussion, you might even bring along nickels. Each time a participant speaks, he or she will "trade" a penny for a nickel. That way, the participants "earn interest" for their ideas.
You might want to state up front that in this "meeting economy" no lending or borrowing is allowed.
Ask meeting participants for feedback on this meeting. You might do that in a follow-up email the next day, or you might ask participants to fill out a quick Meeting Evaluation Form as they leave the meeting room. The form provides a simple checklist with a space for comments and suggestions.