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  • Wilma Hartenfels

Tip 27: The power of group dynamics

'When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn.' Confucius 


Last week, I attended a workshop on neuro didactics led by the inspiring Tom Freudenthal. I learned strategies how to create brain-friendly trainings with self-regulated learning processes to initiate lasting insights & behavioural change. 


One of the main insights was the topic of group dynamics. As every trainer knows, learning is a very social process. The more training participants grow together as a group, the better the learning experience. How to do that? Here are some ideas: Make sure that participants learn each other’s name right away (e.g. name + animal + sound + movement), situate chairs very close to each other, work with pairs instead of small groups to make sure that everyone is active, mix new pairs in every new exercise to avoid the building of sub-groups, ask participants to choose a new seat after every intervention. 


What are your ideas to stimulate positive group dynamics?


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