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Short Exercise Breaks Improve Concentration

This article is reprinted with permission from The Conversation.   Primary school teachers often provide students with short physical activity breaks to energise kids and…

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Short Exercise Breaks Improve Concentration

This article is reprinted with permission from The Conversation.   Primary school teachers often provide students with short physical activity breaks to energise kids and…

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How To Adapt Activities for Physical-Distancing Rules

There have been two primary waves of enquiries since the current health pandemic rocked the world. The first and most urgent was focused on “How…

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7 Lessons Learned Presenting Group Activities Online

When the pandemic hit early in 2020, the overwhelming focus of my work shifted to adapting everything I knew that worked for an in-person group…

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Question: How Do I Engage People Who Do Not Switch Their Video On?

A playmeo member asks: I’ve been hired to conduct a virtual conference session in which the participants are not required to switch their video on…

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Why Active Learning Is Important

Students who perform short bursts of physical activity during class perform better than their sedentary peers, according to new international research. Once again, we have…

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Active Maths & Literacy Games in the Outdoors

Connecting with like-minded people and enterprises across this planet is one of the small pleasures I have enjoyed during this unusual time in history. One…

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The Science To Explain Why Brain Breaks Are Beneficial

When you’re working hard, taking a break just makes sense, right? A quick break helps you catch your breath, refresh and review. The same is…

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Building Engagement & Connections Remotely: Podcast

If you consume some of your media via podcast, you’re going to love the latest Energetic Education podcast, from Dale Sidebottom. I appeared many years…

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How To Do Online Meetings Well

Online conferencing and virtual meetings are exploding all over the world, and most of us are relative novices in this realm. Consequently, if my most…

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How Do I Build Community In an Asynchronous Setting?

A school teacher, impacted by the current COVID-19 emergency, asks: How can I address ways to build community in asynchronous environments? First, Amy, thanks for…

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Question: Should I Meet My Audience Before A Presentation?

A subscriber asks: Is it okay to mingle with and meet my audience or training group in advance of my session starting? If so, how…

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Top Four Interactive Exercises for Online Meetings & Virtual Conferences

Are you looking for interactive exercises to add to your next online meeting or conference, especially when face-to-face meetings are difficult or not possible at…

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Teambuilding in a Ballet School: A Case Study

The following article is a wonderful case study of what is possible when you combine play, fun and group games & activities in an unexpected…

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What Is Flow?

After working with groups all over the world for 30+ years now, I know that when they accept my invitation to enter into a space…

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Question: How Do I End Long-Term Programs?

A playmeo member asks: Do you have any tips or strategies on how to finish a group?  I co-facilitate a 29-week personal development group with…

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Group Development Process of Adventure Therapy Groups

You are probably aware of the popular group development model published by Bruce Tuckman, the rhyming schema of Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing and Transforming/Mourning. This…

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Deliberate Creative

Would you like your team to be more creative? Not quite sure how to do this? This week, Dr Amy Climer shares the discoveries of…

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What Do I Do With Diverse Group Needs?

A long-time playmeo subscriber asks: We have a large group of staff who comprise young, old, loud, shy and a few very disgruntled people. My…

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Can Play Save The World?

Followers of this blog and the work of playmeo will know that we have a fervent belief that play is an essential element in the…

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Play Is A State of Mind: Podcast Interview

For most of us, we think of ‘play’ in terms of playing a game, an activity. It’s not – it’s a state of mind. And…

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Reflecting as an Individual

A question came in this week from a playmeo member: What activities or exercises can I deliver that will give each person the experience of…

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How To Remember Names

People often remark that I have a great memory for names. I don’t, I just use a couple of key ‘how to remember names’ strategies to…

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Does Experiential Learning Work?

There are some educators who believe that integrating ‘real-life’ experiences – which they understand as experiential learning – into school curriculum offers no discernible long-term value…

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Got A Large Group? What To Play With Large Groups of People

Another in a long line of great questions, often posed by group leaders who are looking for some guidance: How do I deliver a series…