A closing exercise that can be used to measure how the day/workshop went and give the participants a chance to reflect on what they have learned.
A. If the workshop starts with the ‘Check In’ exercise then it will be suitable to use the ‘Check Out’ as an ending. The two exercises form a good frame for the whole process.
B. Remember to tell the participants that there are no right and wrong answers.
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Briefly illustrate the exercise by telling the participants that, before starting a journey, you often start with a check in. Now they have completed the journey and need to check out.
Make sure to tell the participants that there is no correct answer to the check out. It is only a check out to better understand what each participant has gained from the day/workshop, final remarks and/or how they feel at the given moment.
The participants place themselves in the middle of the room and form a circle.
The facilitator asks one to two questions which the participants can relate to.
The questions may vary depending on the process. But most of the time check out is used to state impressions of the day or to make some final/evaluation or remarks.
You may ask:
“What is the most important thing you are taking away with you today?”
“Mention two things you learned during the day”
The facilitator stands in the circle, too, and starts the exercise by checking out first.
The participants should not spend more than one minute checking out. The person checking out takes one step inside the circle and forms a new inner circle. When everyone is done checking out, a new circle will have been formed.
There is no particular order, the participants can step in whenever they feel like it.
As the participants are checking out, you can use a small ball which the participants throw to each other. The person who catches the ball is the one who checks out. With this variation, you can create a flow.
The exercise itself is a form of individual reflection of the day, conducted in the group.
Thank everyone for what they chose to share with the group and remind everyone that what was shared is a gift given and received and should be treated as such.