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Field of application

Dealing with #diversity

Resume / Brief description


Different teams receive envelopes written with different categories of disruptive #behaviour. Participants collect guidelines on how to deal with their behaviour, write these guidelines on a card and put them in the envelope. The teams pass the cards on in rotation and thus develop guidelines. In the evaluation phase, the team members discuss the cards with the guidelines and determine the five best suggestions


Target group

(including group size)


  • Min. 3
  • Max. 60
  • Ideal: 12-28


#Learning strategies to deal with different categories of conspicuous and disruptive #behavior during teaching sessions



  • 25-45 min



  • Four envelopes
  • Three empty index cards per team
  • Stopwatch
  • Signal  

Online Implementation:

  • For envelopes/Stopwatch: Breakout sessions (or similar possibility to put the participants in different groups)
  • For index cards: Blank Word document / Handout shared before starting breakout sessions

Implementation - Guidelines






  • Select four categories for disruptive participants from the list
  • Label each of the four envelopes with a theme



  • Instruction of the participants
  • Remembering situations with unruly participants
  • Invite participants to consider strategies for prevention
  • Group classification
    • Division into four approximately equally sized groups with a maximum of 6 members
    • The teams sit in a circle to facilitate the exchange of envelopes
  • Distribution of the materials
    • Each team gets an envelope and three index cards


  • First round
    • Teams discuss guidelines on how to deal with the disruptive behavior under discussion
    • Guidelines are recorded on the index cards 
    • Duration: 3min
    • End of the first round: Index cards are put into envelope after sound signal and passed on to the next team
  • Second round
    • Participants think again about the next category
    • You are not allowed to look at the answers in the envelope
    • New answers will be put back in envelope
  • Third round
    • Runs like the rounds before


  • Evaluation stage
    • The cards in the envelopes are rated
    • The five best proposals all cards are selected
  • Presentation of the results
    • One person per team presents and discusses the results



  • Which category was the most difficult fo the participants?
  • Clarifying questions and comments

Additional format/references

Thiagarajan, S. (2016) p. 207-211


Thiagi Gameletter (monthly Online-Newsletter by Sivasailam Thiagarajan) (24.01.2014)