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Six Simple Principles of Play

I’m excited to share a wonderful framework, developed by Playworks, to help you create fun, free and totally inclusive moments of play with your groups….

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What Are Your Character Strengths?

In the early 2000s, scientists began to study character. A three-year project involving dozens of distinguished scientists devoted to studying character traits throughout history was launched….

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9 Questions Interesting People Ask

A friend once said to me that she had noticed the most interesting people she knew were people who asked good questions. This got me…

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Asking Powerful Questions

What if powerful questions came to you easily in the moment during your debriefs or reflection times? Will Wise and Chad Littlefield have facilitated workshops,…

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The PE Geek Interviews Mark Collard

Learn more about the power and value of developing authentic connections and relationships with participants, in this fun podcast interview hosted by Mr PE Geek,…

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AEE Webinar: August

SERIOUS FUN: How to Create Remarkably Fun Experiential Programs that Make a Difference http://www.aee.org/webinar-home#upcomingwebinar Can you answer “YES” to any of these questions? Have you ever…

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Valuing the Benefits of Play

There’s a wonderful organisation called Playworks that believes recess (you know, that free time during school hours students spend out of the classroom?) should be…

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How To Break The Ice

As already shared, I’m excited to be keynoting at the forthcoming APPEC in Hong Kong, 12-13 November 2016. I always have so much to share,…

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The Benefits of Playing Outside

Here’s a must-view short film that is not only beautiful to watch, but offers a message too important to miss. Click to watch: Muddy Puddles…

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The Power of Experiential Learning

Ever wanted a glimpse into what is possible at school? Read this article from Education Week newspaper. The author, Jonathan Lash, provides a wonderful illustration…

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At What Point In Your Life…?

My good friend and fellow experiential educator Tom Heck presented a TED Talk recently, and in it, he quoted a colleague of his asking one…

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What Is Possible?

For some time now, I have framed the start of many of my programs with an activity I call Rope House. Not only is it wonderfully…

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All Work & No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy

Here’s a link to a Radio National interview conducted recently which explored the value and enormous benefits of integrating ‘play’ into the lives of adults in…

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Debriefing via Learning Styles

It is no secret that we all learn in different ways.  Wouldn’t it also make sense that we process experiences in different ways as well?…

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Team-Building is Crap

I spend a few minutes each day contributing to various educational blogs and social media platforms. In one post on TeachThought, a program provider from…

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Become A Better Teacher – Play!

I’m a regular browser of Edutopia. Today, I came across a wonderful article which captured the essence of Dr Stuart Brown’s book ‘Play.’ I have…

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Inspiring TED Talk from Kyle Bryant

This TEDx Talk is super brilliant. It is moving, inspirational and above all, demonstrates several lessons – it’s not always about ‘me,’ there is enormous power in…

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How To Spread A Good Idea

I delivered a unique session as part of the Victorian Applied Learning Association’s annual conference last week, which was hosted under the theme of ‘Are…

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Live Your List Podcast

Like the fuel you add to your car, I am very clear that what we add to our minds will significantly influence our performance. Psychologist Archibald…

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Our Choices Define Us

Anyone who follows this blog will know that I’m a big fan of Seth Godin. He just gets it right, never a word wasted. Today,…

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Why play is making a comeback

I recently stumbled across this post, describing why play is making a comeback, which was first published on PBS in the United States: Click here –>…