Sounds of Silence

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
90-120 min
Topics addressed: 
Communication
Recognition of learning

Sounds of Silence is a collection of tools and methods, where the technique of silence is used to improve concentration skills as a tool for enhanced learning and deeper attention in today's accelerated world.

Aim: 

Our aim was to explore silence through diverse non-formal educational methods and reflect upon it after personal experiences. At first, participants created connections through sharing their encounters with silence around the welcome bonfire. Group bonding was accompanied by non-verbal activities and self-directed learning was introduced through the creation process of the symbol of learning. This helped participants to get ready for “silence challenges”, individually and in a group context. They experienced silence through personal reflection, active listening, mindfulness, movement and outdoor exercises. After the experience, it was a moment to take a break and draw a conclusion from the previous days of climbing to the peak of learning.

Methodology: 

The project is not about introducing a new method rather creating a safe space for learning to become more aware of silence as a supportive tool for learning mainly for young people.

Step by step process: 

1, Welcome instruction cards in silence
2, Embracing silence in a group setting
3, Individual mindful moments
4, In space - warming up body movement exercise with a partner
5, Flock of birds - group exercise - half of the group is participating in the process, half of the group is observing
6, Silent floor method for evaluation

Materials and resources: 

Colourful papers and pens, flip charts, markers, spacious room for body movement exercise.

Outcomes: 

As coming from different backgrounds the participants of Sounds of Silence TC were also invited to share and discuss how they use silence in their own practice. Our perception was that there might have been some differences between those, who work mainly with individuals and those who work with individuals in groups. We asked participants to think about how they use silence as a way of communication, mainly non-verbally; how they use it for their own professional development; what it means for their clients and for themselves as someone supporting their well-being. There are for sure much more layers of how silence can be used in any professional relationship with individuals or groups.

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