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If You Meet Resistance, Stop Pushing

The advice seemed so obvious, I was caught off-guard by its simplicity. I was part of a conference workshop in which everyone in the room…

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Risky Play

When does play cross a threshold and become too risky? Do you encounter this question in your programs? Should young people be exposed to it?…

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A Curiosity Deficit?

I’m picking up on recent correspondence from my good friends Will and Chad from We and Me! In their email, they raised a phenomenon called…

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People Who Care To Do Work That Matters

I have come to realise that one of the most powerful attributes that attracts me to others is not their looks, their income, their job…

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Giving People A Choice To Connect

Colleague and expert group facilitator Chad Littlefield shared a video recently in which he presented the idea that we need to give people the choice…

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The Nature Pill

No matter how healthy you are, there’s one pill I recommend that you take, every day. The nature pill. This week we welcome David Bott…

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Empathy Leads to Connection which Leads to Trust

There are only two blogs I faithfully read every day when they are posted, and one of them is written by Seth Godin. This particular…

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Benefits of Emotional Intelligence – Insights from a Community Engagement Expert

If facilitation skills were considered a superpower, emotional intelligence would be the secret sauce! Hassan Ghiassi knows the amazing benefits of emotional intelligence. He has…

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The Mess of Creativity

Have you noticed that creativity can be messy sometimes? Does this mess of creativity cause you to be frustrated? This week, Dr Amy Climer shares…

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Connect First Then Seek Understanding

A playmeo enthusiast, who works as a social justice educator, reached out to me to describe how one of my recent Facilitator Tips video tutorials…

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How To Give Effective Feedback

Feedback is a wonderful tool that can help an individual or group grow, learn or develop a particular skill or insight. Yet, much like the…

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The Power of Relationships at School

Here’s a short video produced by the good folk at Edutopia that explores the powerful benefits of developing and nurturing strong & healthy relationships at…

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The Only Way to Learn from Experience…

Seth Godin wrote in a recent blog post that ‘…the only way to learn from experience is to have different experiences.’ This same notion could be…

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Subscribe to the playmeo YouTube Channel and automatically receive updates on dozens of free video and leadership tutorials that are hosted on the biggest online collection…

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Research-Based Overview of Experiential Education

I subscribe to a select number of blogs related to education, and this recent article from Teaching Matters struck a chord. Anecdotally, I have always…

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How to Build a Positive School Culture

playmeo is seriously committed to building connections because we know that this work helps to amplify whatever we’re trying to get done. In the spirit of connecting,…

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Teaching Friendship Skills

This week’s post comes to you from guest blogger Dana Kerford from URSTRONG, an internationally-recognised social-emotional wellbeing program for kids. Dana and I met at a…

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Conglom: Connecting Before Content

The word ‘conglom’ is a term used to describe the ritual of daily meetings at the beginning of every school day at Riverside School in…

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Spending Time Alone In Nature Is Good For You

Take a moment any time you’re part of a group that is waiting or biding its time – riding public transport, waiting in a queue,…

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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,…