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,
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.
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.
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
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."
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:
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.