Many people, including most teachers and professional educators, have a poor understanding of what experiential learning is, often confusing it with ‘learning by doing.’ This article aims to explain what experiential learning is in a quick, simple and non-technical manner.
Most people think that simply running a quick activity at the beginning of their program will serve as their ice-breaker. Or, worse, they think that using ice-breakers is a waste of time, so they dispense with their use altogether. This article defines the essential elements of a successful ice-breaking experience and distinguishes them from an ‘ice-maker.’
Adopting a sequenced approach to your programs requires an ability to assess and read your group at any given time. This article explores a handy self-assessment tool called GRABBSS that you can use to help you pick the right activity at the right time, and when to make adjustments to your program.