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The sea of learning

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A dynamic visual exercise to make people think about how they have learnt so far in their lives.

Aims of the tool

· To reflect on important learning moments in life
· To become aware of what and how they have learnt
· To share and compare with others

Description of the tool

Introduce the participants to the aims of the exercise and get a large piece of paper and pens,
pencils and watercolours. Ask participants to look back at their lives and think about times or
events when they really felt they had learnt something. The results of this reflection should end up being illustrated on the piece of paper, using the metaphor of crossing a sea. Use examples such as:boats, islands, different streams, wind, fish; that can help create the metaphor. They have half an hour to do this.

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Tool overview

This tool is for

. Any

and addresses

Personal Development, Evaluation

Materials needed:

· A large piece of paper for every participant
· Markers, pencils, paint
· Coloured paper
· Glue
· Scissors


· 2-3 hours

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Paul Kloosterman

in the context of

Handbook Youthpass Unfolded

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Ayoub Intern (on 13 October 2015)

and last modified

8 October 2015

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