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ERIC Number: EJ899648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Setting the Tone
Stanchfield, Jennifer
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v19 n4 p31-34 Sum 2007
Introductory activities create a positive environment, enhance performance and set the tone for the rest of the program. Taking time for the group to get comfortable and learn each others' names will pay off later. An engaging opening activity designed to get the group interacting and sharing names, backgrounds and goals in an intriguing way can really maximize the group process. Every facilitator has their own set of favourite opening activities. Many activity books have whole sections on this subject. The author has learned some of the best and most effective activities in her repertoire from other facilitators, experimenting with groups, and adapting activities over time and experience. This article offers a few favourite activities that work to set the tone for most group situations.
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Language: English
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