Bicycle (Method)

2 . Name of activity:                                                                    Bicycle


Organization presenting this method:

Vilnius university

A Number of

people reflecting:

  Solo (1 person) X  Small group

(< 20 people)


 Large group

(> 20 people)


B The way(s) of sharing:
Verbal: X


Non-verbal:   Pictures /


  Text   Em­bodied  sculpture


 Other forms of expression


Digital:   Padlet


  Social media   Digital diary


C Place of reflection (where) X  Indoors


X  Out of doors   On-line


D The connection with guidelines:

What guidelines are you taking into consideration, while organizing your reflection?





Don´t direct content, direct process in order to co-create the reflective process.



Develop relationships based on trust, openness, empathy, honesty, dialogue and feed-back


Facilitate growth in awareness in learners, help them to “own” their learning,

In a personal and meaningful way.



Try to manage the paradox, involved in steering of an intrinsic learning process, ie to create a heightened reflective attention of learners.


Slow down and value moments of not-knowing, while progressively deepening your reflection questions.



Recall that reflection can never be imposed, only kindly invited.




Always consider reflection as a broad and deepening process, that should be holistic.





Goal of activity:


The goal is to think how do members of the group see themselves in the group: how do they feel being the group? Which role do they tend to take in the group during activities? How do they feel about being in the role? Are they happy, satisfied etc?







The method can be used in the process of experiential learning in groups. The method can be used after any group activity in which group would have been accomplishing a joint task.

The exercise can be used in the process of formal and non-formal education when group tasks are involved in the process of education.

The task for each participant is to think of a bicycle and choose a part of the bicycle which would represent him/her and his/her role in the group during the activity. And participant is asked to explain why he/she thinks and feels this way.



Story from practice:


  1. Group members are invited to think for themselves: Which parts of bicycle do they choose and why?
  2. Participants are invited to share their thoughts with the group.
  3. The feedback on the role of the participant can be given from other group members and/or trainers if needed.


Timeframe: 1,5 hour.