There are four different facilitation purposes, which I’ve designed to quickly guide you through the pre-planning experience. The four parts are: The Stated goal, The Stated Purpose, The Unstated Goal, and finally, the Unstated Purpose. Their power is to divide what is actually happening from the outcomes you wish to see. Keep these four concepts in mind as you setup your next team building event. … Continue reading The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Goals
This is the most important component to a quality team building session, because this is where all your hard work will bear its fruit. During the debriefing students will discuss and reflect on the events of the activity and connect what is learned during the team building game to their classroom, home and personal experience. There are a few important ways to debrief that will … Continue reading The Basic Components of Team Building – Debriefing
Framing an activity is to give a team building game a fictional plot. The frame has different functions including adding excitement and helping to keep participants within the given rules. We will learn more about that soon, but first let’s take this game example without a frame, then give it a frame to see the difference. “You have laid down a starting line with a … Continue reading Basic Components to Team Building – Framing
Components to Team Building There are four basic components of a team building activity. Of the four components, only one component is the actual facilitation of the activity. Much more goes on in a successful session than the participants simply playing out the activity. While these are the basics of team building, even the advanced facilitator will find that it is a good refresher … Continue reading Basic Components to Team Building In Your Classroom – Setting Expectations
Reporting student progress to parents is tricky and the daily work to make it happen can be laborious. Fortunately, making sense of the whole picture doesn’t have to be. The three buckets of reporting is a simple way to think about the three main modalities we have as teachers and schools to report to parents, with the buckets bein; report cards, individual pieces and portfolios. … Continue reading The Three Buckets of Reporting
This is not another article looking to take down a trend in education. No. This is a statement of how much further a great idea is still to come. Should Design Thinking, in capital letters, manage to survive the great pendulum of time and trends in education, then it needs itself to iterate. See, my call to a new universal design model as one example … Continue reading Design thinking in education has a massive hole in it: the skills designers have.
Curb cuts are the gentle sloping edges to sidewalks that are now ubiquitous across the country and all over the world. Yet, there was a day when curb cuts just didn’t exist. The tenacious activist Ed Roberts led a movement in Berkley, California to demand that the city make curb cuts (99PI podcast episode) to increase access for the disabled who wished for mobility around … Continue reading Design Curb Cuts to Help All of Your Students