The main purpose of adventure education practices is to explore, learn, and grow in the areas of personal and interpersonal relationships. Some recognize this as the development of pro-social skills and social emotional learning. (For a more in-depth view, see my Adventure Education Historical Perspective found on the Resources page under Essays & Documents here at FUNdoing.)
Recently I ran into a leadership piece at Forbes Online from Jeff Schmitt that I thought might be good for educators everywhere - at least it's a good reminder of the simple things we can do to encourage pro-social development. Jeff shares 15 Phrases That Build Bridges Between People. Teaching and encouraging these phrases does not take a lot of time, only commitment. Hopefully we are already using them to strengthen the communities we belong to. Here is a quick reference to the phrases. See Jeff's article for his perspective on each phrase.
Jeff and I ask, "What phrases do you use to make people feel more comfortable, motivated, and appreciated?" Share your thoughts in the comments area below.
All the best,
I was just searching around for something (team building dice games - still searching), when I came across a site that seems to have a variety of activities within it. I'll be going back to look around more, but I wanted to share it:
Businessballs.com (who comes up with these names?!!)
(Be sure to check the "Related Materials" links in the left hand column for additional journeys.)
While browsing around for inspiration I found this incredible list of acronyms (and Backronyms - more on this term below). I remember from one of my first trainings (way back in the day) our group participated in a "Master Mind Relay" (made popular by Project Adventure). A relay consists of all sorts of activity choices (e.g., puzzles, challenges, adventures) groups work together to solve in a certain amount of time. Solving acronyms was one of the challenges. (If you are a Karl Rohnke fan and have some of his older publications, you know he was - and still is - a fan of acronyms. Did you know, according to Karl, the term Challenge by Choice was inspired by the acronym CBC - complete blood count)
Something else I learned about at the acronym site (I love learning surprises) was the term "Backronym." I'm guessing it's been around for a while, I just haven't come across it - but I do know the idea. Basically, you create an acronym out of a word that is not an acronym. For instance, one I saw at the site: YAHOO - You Always Have Other Options (I'm sure Yahoo does not claim this slogan!)
Let me know if you find anything really good!! I'll do the same.
All the best,
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This blog is a space for hands-on programable fun - energetic activities and ideas that can be used as a means to bring people together; activities and ideas we as educators can add to our social development curriculums.
Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.