What are the Latest Trends in Education?
A few weeks back, a playmeo member asked me what I knew about current educational trends. That is a great question, I thought. I had…
There are many group leaders who are challenged to include and value the contribution of people who do not speak and/or understand the native language, ie English for instance.
In the case of cosmopolitan Melbourne, I know of some classrooms in which there are more than 12 different languages spoken at home! This makes (a) activity instructions and (b) conversations among group members problematic.
This was exactly the situation of Greg, a playmeo member, who reached out specifically to help me workshop a long list of non-verbal games and activities he could use with his (mostly) refugee and migrant students.
No matter your language or skill level, we all want to feel acknowledged, valued and, above all, feel that our contribution can be included.
Putting aside any health and safety precautions that may be necessary to keep your groups safe during the current pandemic, Greg and I discussed two further key elements that elevate the safety of our programs:
To the second point, we built a very quick and long list of activities featured within playmeo’s activity database that are wholly non-verbal (ie they typically need no more than a demonstration of what to do) or mostly non-verbal in that they rely heavily on no language skills.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of activities that are wholly or primarily non-verbal in their nature. For balance, we focused on a selection of 21 x icebreakers, group games, trust-building exercises, team building initiatives and a few reflection strategies:
What non-verbal activities do you know and use in your programs?
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