Tip #722: Overlooking the Obvious

On May 21, 2018, Posted by , In presentation, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #722: Overlooking the Obvious

“It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.” Alfred North Whitehead

I’ve facilitated train the trainer and presentation skills workshops both nationally and internationally for many many years. But it was gently pointed out to me in a recent workshop that I’ve been debriefing facilitation practices backwards!

Let me explain. In my train the trainer workshops, participants learn how to create participatory lesson plans and design participatory learning activities. For the last day, they design a 10-minute learning activity at a learning level of application or above. This is on a topic relevant to the other participants in an activity they have never facilitated before.

In debriefing, I’ve always asked for the observers’ feedback regarding the strengths of the … Read the rest

Tip #592: A Growth Mindset

On October 26, 2015, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #592: A Growth Mindset

A growth mindset: “There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder.” Ronald Reagan

A fixed mindset: “There is a theory of human behavior that says people subconsciously retard their own intellectual growth.”  Philip Crosby

[Note: The following information is drawn from an article by Deborah Farmer Kris, “Never Too Late: Creating a Climate for Adults to Learn New Skills,” and an article by Maria Popova, “Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives.”]

In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck writes that her twenty years of research have shown that our … Read the rest