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Essential Elements of Experiential-Based Learning Curriculum

A senior university lecturer reached out to me recently to ask a thoughtful question: What curriculum must be presented at a minimum to develop the…

Essential Elements of Experiential-Based Learning Curriculum

A senior university lecturer reached out to me recently to ask a thoughtful question: What curriculum must be presented at a minimum to develop the…

Redefining ‘Back-to-School’ Programming

Two weeks ago, I shared links to a bunch of useful articles that would help many educators prepare themselves and their students for the return-to-school…

Group Games & Activities Are Not the Solution

Okay, now that I have your attention, I’m not saying that interactive group games & activities don’t work. My point is – don’t fall into…

Engaging 750 People Online You Can’t See

There was a time amid the height of the recent health pandemic I was invited to present a short session to a virtual audience in…

How to Encourage People Who Don’t or Won’t Want to Play

Have you ever asked yourself this question? I’m afraid that some of the people in my team won’t want to play. What do I do?…

Still Leading Virtual Team-Building Programs?

It may seem to many of us that the pandemic is over, but clearly, there are many programs where certain safety precautions are still being…

Why Icebreakers Don’t Work & How to Fix Them

This topic has been a very popular keynote theme and conference workshop session of mine for a few years now. While many understand the concept…

The Power of Fun Is In The Trying

I love it when someone shares a story that illustrates the difference they are making in this world, especially when I may have inspired it…

How Do I Sequence My Activities?

A playmeo member recently asked: I’m creating a team building program for summer camp. I understand how to run each activity but I don’t know…

How To Beat Zoom Fatigue

With so many of our experiential programs venturing into the online or virtual world over the past year, it is clear that zoom fatigue is…

Leading Interactive Group Games & Activities into 2021

After a year like no other, if you could hold a crystal ball and look into the future, what do you think you might see…

Is Connection The Same As Belonging?

Readers of this blog will know that I have long been an enthusiastic supporter of the “connect before content” approach. Or, in other words, any…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Two Hours of Fun & Physical Activity Every Week in Schools

Followers of this blog, not to mention my work in the field of education, will know that I bang on a lot about the critical…

Learning Together Is Best

I’m an avid follower of Seth Godin, an inspiring thought leader of our time. His latest post got me musing… When you think of groups like…