• The intended lesson is for students to be more aware of all the factors of communication. How sometimes the “message we send is not always the one that is received.” We discuss how easy it is for miscommunications to occur when using electronic/social media outlets.
• Students are given a brief powerpoint that discusses what communication is
• Students are to be assigned or instructed to form groups of 2
o Given very little instruction, one of the members is to align their desk to face the projected screen and their role is the speaker
o The other member is to align their desk opposite of their partners and their role is the listener
o The objective is for the speaker to describe an image (the “message”) that their partner cannot see in as clear and concise way possible.
o After 5 minutes, students are instructed to stop and are permitted to look at the screen to compare their message to the message that was actually portrayed.
o The group with the most accurate “message,” can be given positive praise.
o Instructor then reviews errors in communication and strategies to communicate more effectively.
o Students are instructed to trade roles and a new image (“message”) is projected.
o After 5 minutes students are instructed to stop and put their desks back into the appropriate places. They can then compare their messages.
• As a class, we discuss what was difficult about the activity and what made the activity easier to handle.
• Students finish the powerpoint, re-iterating the positive strategies that benefit effective communication.
• Students are given a handout to supplement the lesson.