The language and design of playmeo's exclusive content - activity descriptions, video tutorials, and lesson plans, etc - are modelled in the spirit of five primary philosophies, as reflected in Project Adventure's successful approach to active learning:
- A potent tool which invites people to engage and participate
playmeo strongly believes that people are encouraged and attracted to participate when what they are doing is fun. So, having a good time with ample opportunities to laugh, play and share should be integral to the outcome of any program. Indeed, this principle is often referred to throughout playmeo as F U N N - functional understanding not necessary, a whimsical acronym (developed by Karl Rohnke) which says that if it's fun, I want to be a part of it.
Challenge by Choice
- No one is forced to participate
This means that every person may choose his or her own level of participation. No one is forced to participate in any part of a playmeo program. Generally, an atmosphere of care and support is developed during the program, in which people surprise themselves at accomplishing something that at first glance they did not think they were capable.
- Choosing the right activity at the right time
The key to the success of any program or curriculum is the sequence of its activities, or in other words, using the right activity at the right time. This means that the language used throughout playmeo necessarily acknowledges a group's needs at all times.
Processing the Experience
- Transferring learning & skills to the 'real' world
This philosophy suggests that simply doing activities is not enough to promote learning. A key to the success of all playmeo programs is the debriefing, or processing of the group's experience at the completion of significant activities. This process allows a group to reflect back on what they have just achieved, and consider what might be learned from their experience.
Full Value Contract
- Everyone has something to contribute
An agreement developed within the learning environment of a program that inspires and encourages members of a group to squeeze the fullest value from themselves and their experience together. It's the antithesis of a devaluing atmosphere. playmeo subscribes to the view that everyone has value to contribute.
The most significant outcomes of a program developed from the extensive resources of playmeo will be to invite individuals to interact and share at a level that they feel comfortable, to have fun and feel a valuable part of the group.