Stages of Change Group Activities

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Use these activities to help your high school students engage with the stages of change detailed in Prochaska's transtheoretical model (TTM). In these activities, students apply the concepts independently, with partners, and in teams.

The Stages of Change Activities

Although there are multiple change theories and models, these high school activities directly address Prochaska's transtheoretical model (TTM), which details six stages of change. Each activity will provide a hands-on application of one or more of the stages: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and termination. Each activity includes a description and a list of materials and specifies whether it is best used with individuals, partners, or teams.

The Stages of Change… on Stage

  • Materials: stages of change reference material, stages of change graphic organizer (optional).

In this activity, you can guide teams of students through the stages of change by asking them to create a short skit depicting each one. Based on your preferred level of complexity, you may want to assign one or two stages per team or have each team create their own interpretation of all the stages. Begin by providing students adequate information and support to help them effectively create a skit related to their assigned stages. It is best if you have addressed the concepts previously and provided some examples as a framework.

Provide adequate time for students to develop a short skit depicting one or more ''characters'' as they travel through the stages of change. For example, one team may choose to show a person who is planning to make a change in study habits. Another team may want to address a change related to improving their basketball skills or fitness level. As teams perform their skits, have classmates determine which stage(s) are being shown throughout the skit. You may want to provide a graphic organizer on which students record skit examples of each stage of change. Debrief by asking the class to share their observations.

Partner Change

  • Materials: stages of change reference material, graphic organizer, examples of words and actions for each stage (optional, for added support).

In this activity, students will travel from partner to partner depicting the stages of change through actions and words. Begin the activity by providing each student with a stage of change and a graphic organizer with space for writing details about each stage. Ask students not to share the stage they have been assigned.

Allow time for students to brainstorm words and actions related to their stage. For example, if they are given the contemplation stage, they may include research as a potential action and ''I've been thinking about…'' as a related phrase. Circulate and assist, as needed, or provide reference material that will help them with their brainstorming. Alternatively, you may want to provide students with a list actions and words for their assigned stage.

For the partnering portion of the activity, either ask students to circulate and partner up or assign them partners. Allow each student time to share some actions and words with their partner. Partners should then guess which stage of change their partner has been given. As soon as they have both guessed correctly, ask students to ''break up'' and partner with someone new. Allow partnering to continue until each person has partnered with someone new several times.

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