Archive for January, 2013

From the Archive: The Disappearance of Neighborhood “Pick Up” Games and the Importance of Collaborative Learning

In my work with students of all ages in a variety of schools and treatment programs, I notice that many increasingly seem to struggle with group communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution. On the playground during recess I observe elementary and even middle school students coming to teachers to resolve the simplest disagreements or conflicts. Similarly, many of my high school and college students struggle with group projects and the skills of group decision-making, empathy, and collaborative problem solving…

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Can a Lecture Be Experiential?

This article was originally posted in the fall of 2010. Over the past couple of years I have continued to explore this subject. Here is the updated post: While in graduate school, I had an interesting conversation with Dr. Jasper Hunt, my professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato. We were filling out conference proposal forms for an experiential education conference. He commented about the “check box” on the application form requesting us to identify which portion of the presentation would be experiential and which portion would be lecture based. Jasper shared that he felt this was counter productive to defining a quality presentation. He argued that a good lecture CAN be experiential…

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A Favorite Collaborative Problem Solving Challenge: Fill the Crate

A few weeks ago I posted a picture on Facebook of a group of teachers engaged in one of my favorite problem-solving activities. I received a number of queries asking more about this activity. “Fill the Crate” is one of my favorite problem solving challenges because there are many solutions unique to each group that takes it on. I find this activity tells me a lot about a group’s dynamics and working style and offers great “food for thought” for group members to reflect on their roles, communication and collaboration methods…

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