Children, youth, adults
This is a simple review process that you can use in almost any situation. Participants first talk about how they feel about what they just experienced (HEART), then about what they learned (HEAD), and finally about what they are going to do as a result of what they experienced and learned (HANDS). You can have the participants discuss this is groups, or you can do a facilitated discussion.
- Practice the script.
Use the following script and instructions (or modify to suit your needs):
- “Let’s review what you’ve just experienced.”
- “We will use a simple process, called ‘Heart, Head, Hands.’”
- “First, I would like you to share how you feel about the experience. That’s the HEART part.”
- “Then, I want you to discuss what you learned from it. That’s the HEAD part.”
- “Finally, discuss what you will do as a result of what you experienced and what you learned. That’s the HANDS part.”
- “HEART, HEAD, HANDS is just a simple way to help you remember the process for the debrief.”
- “Does anyone have any questions about what we are about to do?” (Answer any questions. Then, let them discuss the three aspects of the debrief. Finish with a large-group debrief and ask for volunteers to share any insights or commitments that they made.)