The "Empty Your Pockets" Exercise

This exercise is pretty simple. Break the class down into small groups. The students take turns emptying their pockets (or pocketbooks, backpacks, etc.) to show their group what they are carrying with them. No one is required to show anything that they would prefer NOT to show.

The person and the group then discusses what the objects say about the person. Does it reveal something about one's personality and lifestyle? Is there any one object that stands out as a reflection of some aspect of that person? Sometimes what is MISSING also says something about the person.


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