Sometimes a simple drawing can spark a great conversation.
In this activity, participants of different generations will share a few ideas and memories of their experiences going to school.
Each participant receives a sheet of paper and a handful of crayons, markers, etc, whatever is a comfortable drawing tool.
Fold the paper in half lengthwise and then fold down sideways so when you unfold it, the creases make 4 sections. Now each person will draw whatever comes to their mind for each item in this list: SCHOOL, TEACHER, LEARNING, FRIENDS
Don't worry whether the drawings look good -- it's the ideas behind the drawing that are important. After everyone has completed their drawings, it's time to talk. Each person can describe what or who they drew and answer some of the following questions:
SCHOOL: What do you/did you like most about school? What is/was your favorite part of your classroom? How do you/did you get to school every morning?
TEACHER: Talk about a teacher who has been special to you and why. What makes for a good teacher? What might you like to teach?
LEARNING: What is/was your favorite subject in school and why? Why is learning important? What do you want to learn about now?
FRIENDS: Who are/were your friends in school? What games do/did you like to play with your friends? What makes for a good friend?