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,
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.
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.