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Walter Houghtons Group Work Booklet

Walter Houghtons Group Work Booklet

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youthwork booklet made so youthworkers and schools can make positive activities to engage young people from 11 - 19 years in a safe enviroment
youthwork booklet made so youthworkers and schools can make positive activities to engage young people from 11 - 19 years in a safe enviroment

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COMPLILEDBY
 
WALTER HOUGHTON
 
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GROUP WORK ACTIVITIES
 These activities are designed to teach various group work and leadership skills likecommunication, listening skills, creative thinking skills, problem solving, etc. Some are similar toinitiative tasks in that there is some type of problem to solve but the problems are a little differentfrom some big group challenge. They are more along the lines of figuring out how to make a groupmore effective. Most of these activities can be done in the classroom and tend to be a little lessactive than some of the other sections.One of the things that I tell my students or any other group that I am working with is thattheir ability to work well with others is going to be one of the most important skills they will learn inschool.
People that can‟t work well with others often find themselves unemployed.
 
It‟s surprisinghow many people, adults and children, don‟t understand the importance of being able to work withothers, even those they don‟t get a l
ong with or like.
I am always pointing out that in today‟s worldof technology, the one thing that hasn‟t changed is the fact that most accomplishments still require
more than one person to pull it off. When I drive over a bridge, I want to know that there werehundreds of people who were working well together that designed and built it.Just like any other skill, group work needs to be learned. Very few individuals cometogether in a group for the first time and know how to work effectively with each other. It is a skillthat should be taught in schools but too often it is taught by putting students in groups and havingthem work together on some project without ever really teaching them how to work together in thatgroup.
That‟s where this section o
f this book comes in. One of the best methods to teach people
how to work together is to first have them work as a team on tasks that aren‟t really all that
important but allow for specific lessons on what is successful and not so successful group work.
That‟s what you will find in this section.
 As you use this section with your different groups and teams, make sure that you spend thetime before and after each activity to analyze the results with your different groups. While youcould just pull out some of these activities to fill in the time and have some fun, that defeats thepurpose of the tasks. The very first activity includes some common games like Charades which atfirst glance is nothing more than a fun party game but if used properly can facilitate a discussion on
what is effective communication and what happens when it doesn‟t occur.
 As part of teaching group work, you also need to teach about the different positive andnegative roles that can exist in a group.
 
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Express Yourself 
A number of thinking & communication activities that can be done anywhere.Works on individual thinking and verbal and non-verbal communication skills.Any group size.None.To get the group at large to guess correctly the topic.
Charades
1.
 
A person from the group is given a topic and they must act out that topic in such a waythat someone in the group is able to guess what it is and say the topic.2.
 
The person at the front is not allowed to make any sounds, mouth any words, draw or writeanything down.3.
 
The person at the front is not allowed to have the group run through the alphabet in orderto guess letters.
Pictionary
1.
 
Similar to Charades except that the person at the front has to draw whatever they can toget the group to guess the topic.2.
 
Again, they can‟t make any sounds, mouth any words or have the group run through the
alphabet.3.
 
If the group guesses a word or part of a word from the topic, the person may write it on thepaper to help guide the group.1.
 
A neat variation of Pictionary is to do it using clay instead of drawings. The person at thefront is given a lump of play dough or clay and has to mould it into whatever they want inorder to get the group to guess the word(s). To start with you might want to stick withactual objects that can be moulded in clay. Move onto difficult concepts later on.
Team Charades or Team Pictionary

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