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On May 30th, 2015 I will be speaking at the Whole Person Preparedness Conference and Expo in Boise, Idaho. My topic is Finding Your Passion. We will talk about discovering your life mission and using it to guide your education and career choices. I am so excited to teach this class, and I know the

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Part 1 Part 2 The following warm up activities will help your group get up and get moving. These are particularly helpful after a lunch break or if your group seems sluggish.   Tick Tock by the Clock Tell the group to pretend the room is a clock with the middle of one wall being

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Part 1 Part 3 These group warm up ideas are good for groups that want to learn a little bit more about the different members of the group. They are designed to get a group thinking and talking about things below the surface.   Thinking On Leadership Have each person write down all the qualities

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Most people learn best when they have people to talk with about what they are learning. Youth and adults especially benefit from and get excited about having peers to discuss learning. It is easy to stay motivated to keep reading a difficult book when you know that your friends are also reading it and eager

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Part 2 Part 3 The following three activities are great warm ups for a group that is first getting to know one another. These warm ups do not require a lot of moving around or pretending, but they do allow groups to gain a level of comfort with one another.   Coat of Arms Have

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It is helpful to have a few warm ups ready for your group when you meet for your simulation. If your group meets early in the morning or right after lunch, you might notice that everyone is sluggish and not ready to be active. Or you may have a group that still doesn’t really know

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A commonplace book is a notebook that you write things down in, specifically your ideas about what you are learning, observing, or wondering. I like to take my commonplace book with me everywhere, because I never know when I am going to want to jot down an idea or insight. Perhaps the most famous commonplace

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The word simulation is often used to apply to any type of learning that is an experience. Learning experiences are a helpful way to make knowledge useful and lasting. Not every type of learning experience is a true simulation, however. Other types of experiential learning are valuable, and will be addressed in this blog later.