Objective: The goal of the first few sessions is to build connection and trust in the group while encouraging students to become comfortable sharing about themselves with others. This second session focuses on the role of Parnasut in accomplishing these goals. Over the year, every other week will be dedicated to Parnasut.
It is recommended that a facilitator/teacher serve as parnas for this session and bring some snacks for the group.
סיפור שלי להיום:
Additional ברכה ראשונה:
Pair students into chavrutot (person sitting next to them for time’s sake) and ask them to take turns asking each other any of the questions below (One student asks a question, second gives answer, second asks questions, first gives answer etc.)
If it is an older group that already knows each other well you can add at the end:
Ask for a few volunteers to share something new they learned about their chavruta. (or you can save this for the end)
1. Use the goals below and Parnasut Guidlines doc to frame parnasut. It is recommended to briefly describe what parnasut is and why you will be doing it and spend more time modeling/doing the parnasut. Tell students that over the course of the year everyone will be a parnas/it at some point but, at the beginning, you will ask for volunteers for who is willing to go first. (Unless you decide to just make a list which could be a good idea.)
Parnasut is when one member of the group shares some food and something about themself with the group. The goal is:
2. The teacher should act as parnas and share a little bit about themselves and their background. Sharing a dilemma may not be appropriate at this point but if the teacher can think of an authentic dilemma that is not overly personal it can go a long way in setting a serious tone for this slot.
Teacher should tell the students that this week they will serve two roles- be the parnas/it and help facilitate it so that the students could learn a little bit more about them. Usually, a student will be a parnasit and the teacher will facilitate the response of the class to them.
3. Once the teacher finishes, ask students to share:
Ask each or a few students to share:
What is one thing you learned about someone else today that you didn’t know before?
For more advanced groups: What is one thing you learned about yourself today that you didn’t know before?
Tell students that you will now step out of the experience of the past two weeks to think about what we as a group need to make this time safe and meaningful for everyone.
Ask: What do we need to create a safe, trusting environment where everyone can feel comfortable speaking in an authentic way? Some answers to highlight whether students bring them up or not:
There is no judgment here. No right or wrong answers.
We will work to understand each other and put aside assumptions we tend to make.
Leave all phones outside the circle
Try your best to listen to what other people are saying
Watch the amount of time you are contributing/speaking vs. listening