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,
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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.