Teaching Others About Group Dynamics

Good morning:

As you may recall, I showed a brief video clip of two people engaged in a side conversation. One of our colleagues asked if they could show this clip in one of their classes as a way of starting a conversation about group dynamics and how to deal with them. I thought that was a great idea. So, I've included more of the video clips I created last year. Feel free to use them! They're a great way of helping people talk about the challenges of group work. 

 

Days Like These

The Meeting

Content Neutrality Gone Wrong

How Not Intervene

Our Facilitation Resources

Thank you, Scott Conrad, for providing this beautiful photo of Buffleheads.

Thank you, Scott Conrad, for providing this beautiful photo of Buffleheads.

Hi Everyone

It was so nice meeting you last week during our Advanced Skills for Outstanding Facilitation. As promised, here are some useful follow-up resources that we might find useful in our work with groups. Please feel free to add resources and comments in the comment section. It's always nice to have access to other brilliant minds.

All the best,

Al


First things first: Babes on Broadway!

Crystal Watson will be performing Babes on Broadway (with the Aeolian Singers) on Saturday, May 28 at the King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal and on Sunday, May 29 at Grace United Church, Dartmouth. It looks like it will be a fantastic evening. Good luck with your rehearsals, Crystal. I know you and the show will be great.


Click on this image to access this free webinar.

Click on this image to access this free webinar.

Great webinar on strategies for implementing universal design for learning

Scott shared this resource with us. It's a free webinar that reinforces the work we did in distinguishing our observations and inferences. It's really good. Once you provide your name and email, your access to the course is immediate. Thanks for sharing this, Scott.


Harvard Business review's collaboration series

HBR offers a pretty good set of articles on collaboration. You have to sign up to receive their email updates (I personally find that annoying, however...) but the articles offer some useful insights into group dynamics and how to facilitate when things are tough.


Just click on the image above to download the file.

Just click on the image above to download the file.

Energizers and Ice Breakers

Oh, happy day! Here's a booklet of energizers and ice breakers that you might find usefulover the course of your facilitating... Just click on the image to download a guide for conducting:

  • Speed Dating
  • Collaborative Expressions
  • Unmusical Chairs
  • Famous Human Sticky Back
  • Just Like Me!
  • Word Zoom
  • Human Continuum
  • Sorting Game
  • Telephone Game
  • Toxic Gas Explosion!
  • Dilithium Crystal
  • Do Something Different Meditation
  • Closing Circle
  • Hat Closure
  • Hat Closure and Objectives Review

Laughter Yoga!

Shelley Ballantyne shared the following World Laughter Day information with us:

"World Laughter Day is May 1, 2016 (the first Sunday in May) and there is a link on that page to information on World Laughter Day.  There aren’t a lot of events listed yet. Every first Sunday of May we celebrate World Laughter Day. This is a special day designated to build global awareness of health, happiness and world peace through laughter. On this day, Laughter Club members and their friends and families get together in important squares and public parks to laugh together for world peace."

Click here for more information on Laughter Yoga.


Just click on the image above to access all of the podcasts.

Just click on the image above to access all of the podcasts.

National public radio's "The Hidden Brain" podcast

This is one of my favourite podcasts. It delves into how humans perceive and navigate their way through life. The podcasts are available by clicking the image to the right.

Just click on the titles below to access the specific episodes I mentioned in our workshop:

 

 

 

 


You know the drill... Just click on the image above to access Coursera's courses.

You know the drill... Just click on the image above to access Coursera's courses.

Free online (and excellent) courses

Coursera offers a host of fabulous MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) created by some of the world's best Universities (Harvard, University of California, Princeton) on a wide variety of topics. If you or anyone you know if struggling with math, there's a great course to help you. You want to learn about positive psychology? There's a course starting right now. I love MOOCs because they're free to everyone and they bring great courses to anyone with a computer.

Learning How to Learn is my favourite course.

 

 


And Just for fun...