Weather Report

Group size:  Any size

Purpose:  This is a great Check-in activity for participants to identify how they are feeling, using the metaphor of the weather.

Props Needed:  None. But if desired you could print off pictures of weather activity

Activity Preparation:  you do not have to have anything to prepare for this activity.

Prep time needed:  5 minutes

Time needed

  • Directions: 3 minutes
  • Activity: 5 – 10 minutes
  • Debrief: 5 – 10 minutes

Set Up:  Check-in activity. May also be used for debriefing an activity.

Activity Directions:

  • Gather the attention of participants. Explain that everyone is invited to check in using the metaphor of the weather.
  • Give an example of weather elements, for example sunny, foggy, clear, overcast, partly cloudy, rain, hail, sleet, etc.
  • Ask participants think how they have been feeling (i.e., yesterday or since last session), and today.
  • Using the metaphor of the weather, check in with describing your feelings or your state of mind for yesterday, today, and giving a forecast for your tomorrow.
  • Facilitator can give their own weather report as an example.

 

Facilitator script:  “Lets gather around and settle in for our session. We will begin our check-in using the metaphor of a weather report. Think of a meteorologist or weather-person you may see on the news or TV. Usually when they give a weather report, they begin with what the weather has been a few days before today, what today’s weather is, and the forecast for the next days or week. So checking in now, I would like you to describe how you are feeling or how things have been for you since our last session using terms of a weather report. Describing how your weather has been for the past few days, how it is today, and what your weather forecast is looking like for the next few days.”

Debrief

  • What did you notice about yourself / others in giving your weather/traffic report?
  • What made a difference between prior day/session’s report and today’s report?
  • How do your stated weather elements represent your state of being or feelings? Represent your recovery process?
  • What will need to happen to see a difference between today’s session and your weather forecast?
  • What is one thing you will commit to so you can realize a step in a positive direction?

 

Recovery / Wellness Metaphor: Since the weather is a common system that many can understand, it can be used in various settings and can be used as a check-in regardless of problem area or clinical domain.

Role of Facilitator: Introduce the check-in activity. Give an example of your own weather report so participants can follow the model. “Yesterday my weather was . . . ; today my weather system is . . . , and my forecast for tomorrow is . . . .”

Modifications: Print pictures of weather activity for participants who may have trouble finding words that describes their feelings.

Variations:

  • When used as a debriefing tool for any activity, invite participants to think about their feelings or state of mind before the activity, during, and after using the weather as a metaphor.
  • Traffic Report. Use same activity instructions using the metaphor of a traffic report.
  • Give an example of road / traffic conditions: clear, smooth sailing, going the speed limit, excessive driving, road rage, detour, etc.

 

Source:  Adapted from The Power of One, Page 129, Lung, Stauffer, and Alvarez