Games for learning – bring play into education

Games for Learning helps educators see the learning potential in play and to devise simple games to enhance learning in their subject area. Each participant experiences a range of educational games and has the opportunity to devise and test out their own creation.

The workshop includes:

  • An overview of the different types of play
  • An introduction to clown and physical games
  • Word-based improvisation games
  • How to think strategically about designing games for learning
  • A template to design your own games for your students

Workshop length: 2.5 hours
Group size: Up to 16
Suitable for: teachers, lecturers and trainers

It’s a real trick to bring a group of adults together and get them to play games without being childlike. (Candice Pratico-Trevor, Challenger Institute of Technology)

Education: make it relevant

Funding changes for Australian education mean educators need to think strategically to meet the continuously changing needs of students. This workshop is for lecturers and teachers who want to collaborate to deliver more creative, industry-relevant classes, and to enhance their communication with students.

Education is more than teaching technical skills

The workshop includes:

  • An overview of creative teaching methods
  • Templates for designing industry-relevant lessons
  • Methods for offering constructive feedback to students
  • Practical experience of facilitative techniques, such as World Café and learning through play
  • Time to design your own methods and collaborate on ideas

We discuss positive impacts lecturers have within a student’s career in their industry, and how they can continue to develop themselves as educators in a constantly changing environment. When educators understand the purpose of their work and feel empowered to build their own skills, they can continue to develop and meet the challenges of a changing environment.

Read how this workshop worked for engineering lecturers at Challenger Institute.  Contact rachael@strategiccreativityatwork.com.au to discuss options.

 

The keys to great facilitation

Explore awareness and presence as a facilitator using clown and physical play  

Clowning workshop for facilitators

“You’ll practice letting go and rediscover spontaneity.”

This workshop is a unique opportunity for facilitators, trainers and educators to develop the aspects to facilitation that differentiate a good facilitator from a really great one: someone who is comfortable with themselves, connected to the group they are working with, and tuned in to where the discussion needs to go.

Through movement, play and the art of clown we explore how being present in your body helps you better connect with the people you are working with, and how an understanding of theatrical devices like timing and rhythm can help you better manage the energy in the room and the flow of the day.

The art of clown holds surprising parallels to the work of a facilitator, allowing us to develop the intangible but critical aspects to facilitation that are often developed only on the job.  Many of us think of clown as silliness and slapstick (which it can be) but there is a much deeper learning enabled by this type of play. We learn to be more comfortable in ourselves (or notice when we are not comfortable), to explore the tensions between doing and being still, and to understand more about how we are with others.

We also find in clown-inspired play a number of practical performance skills that help with running engaging training sessions, such as timing, using tension in a health way, playing with rhythm and lifting the energy in a room.

For facilitators, teachers and people who lead groups. Places limited to ten.

Who is this workshop for?  Facilitators, trainers, educators and people who work with people – from freelancers to organisations like Department of Water, Challenger TAFE, Powerhouse Museum and Department of Agriculture – have all come along to this workshop and expressed enjoyable, practical, professional learning.

“It was valuable to take myself out of traditional facilitator type training and try something new.”

“A great and valuable experience – you learn so much about yourself through small games and activities with other people.” (Janni, Meld Studios, Sydney)

“Most valuable for my professional life was widening the possibilities for leading facilitation, and finding links between theatre and work.” (Andrew Botros, Expressive Engineering, NSW)

“I will remember to say committed to my audience/client needs, listening deeply and engaging to find creative solutions.” (Kate, performer, NSW)

“Tell future participants they’ll find room to play and discover themselves in a supportive, open environment.” (Dominique, Meld Studios, Sydney) 

“I’ll be making room for stillness and allowing people to come to conclusions without telling them how to get there.” (Gemma, Facilitator at Scitech, WA)

“The most valuable thing for my professional life was watching the group form and doing things easily, not the hard way”.
(Beth, Disabilities Services Commission)

“A highlight was thinking more consciously about how it feels to be an audience member and how I can reflect on this experience as a facilitator.” (Jacqui, Challenger TAFE)

“In the future I’ll be more relaxed and self-aware…” (Diana, Life without Borders)

“I loved it.”
(Kate Raynes-Goldie, lecturer at Curtin University)

How to run great meetings

A great meeting can save time, money and sanity. Discuss why we run meetings, what you can do to get the most our of your time, and why it’s important to understand your organisation’s culture when it comes to getting people together.

We’ll look at:

  • the features of a great meeting
  • making people feel welcome in a group
  • thinking strategically about how to run great meetings
  • how to effectively use pre-meeting communication to warm up your group
  • how setting ground rules can build your confidence as a meeting facilitator
  • the benefits to keeping to an agenda.

We’ll also close with a discussion about overcoming the barriers in your organisation that seem to stop people from arriving on time, reviewing any of the information you ask them to, and turning up to meetings with an idea of what it’s about.

Workshop length: 1-hour
Group size: 10 – 30
Suitable for: engineers, project managers and those wanting to build confidence at facilitating effective meetings

 

Read the blog series, How to run great meetings – advice from a yogi or book this workshop for your business rachael@strategiccreativityatwork.com.au.

Engaging, meaningful presentations: skills for technical people

Workshop length: 3 hours
Group size: 8 – 12

This unique workshop helps engineers, scientists and other technically-minded people to put themselves in the shoes of their audience and deliver presentations that are engaging, relevant and memorable.

“Make it compulsory – those that think they don’t need it probably do!” (Participant, 2012)

About the workshop

Technical people often choose engineering degrees or IT jobs – not drama school, public relations or auctioneering – because they prefer to do the work rather than talk about it. But when it’s time to tell the world about what you do, finding the right language and delivery style means more people will hear your message, remember it, and understand how you can help them.

Learn to keep your audience engaged so they remember you, and what you need them to know.

Participants learn:

  1. Skills for being a present, aware speaker.
  2. Body awareness and how you move on stage.
  3. The importance of taking time to connect with your audience and co-presenters.
  4. How to be engaging, but still you.
  5. Introductions that make the audience sit up and listen.
  6. Simple, effective techniques to wake your audience up (important for the after-lunch slot!).
  7. Experiment with creative presentation styles, such as props and storytelling.
  8. That it’s OK to not know everything – and this can actually help you give a more enjoyable presentation.
  9. How to put yourself in your audience’s shoes so you can tell them just what they need to know, in language that makes sense to them.

Engaging, meaningful presentations is an interactive, half-day workshop that draws on theatre techniques, and Rachael’s speaker coaching background to help you better understand your audience and future clients. Being more aware of yourself and your listeners means more effective communication – and the potential for creative collaborations and sustainable business relationships. 

The workshop closes with Participants applying what they have learned to a short presentation relevant to their work. They present this in small groups for feedback.

Best for: engineers, scientists and technically trained people looking to enhance their presentation skills

Read how engineers and scientists at the Department of Water enjoy this course ever year here.  To book this workshop at your organisation email rachael@strategiccreativityatwork.com.au or call +61 450 393 336.