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Leading with Laughter: The Power of Humor in Leadership | Paul Osincup | TEDxNapaValley

Paul Osincup talks about his idea for using laughter to building stronger leaders as part of the TEDxNapaValley 2016 "Go Figure!" event. Find out more abou
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23 Tips From Comedians to Be Funnier in Your Next Presentation (via the book Do You Talk Funny?)

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The Surprising Link Between Laughter And Learning

The Surprising Link Between Laughter And Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Relaxing is key to learning. Learning is key to leadership. Laughter unlocks both.
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5 Ways NOT to Teach Like a Dinosaur

5 Ways NOT to Teach Like a Dinosaur | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Are Your Lessons Interesting, Engaging, and Maybe Even a Little Fun?

 

The days of overly long, bored-to-tears lectures are drawing to an overdue end. There are so many tools and techniques at our disposal to make learning more active and encourage more student participation and ownership of learning.Get students thinking, moving, and creating … involve them in their own learning. Make your classroom a place they like to be. Here’s a handful of techniques that can be applied to just about any academic subject. Some involve technology, and some don’t. 

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Today's Fabulous Finds: Whose Game Is It Anyway? (Group Game)

Today's Fabulous Finds: Whose Game Is It Anyway? (Group Game) | Serious Play | Scoop.it

The name of the game is "Who's Game is it Anyway?"  It's a conglomeration of  a bunch of games all pulled together into one:  "Who's Line is it Anyway? (the title), Jeopardy, Minute To Win It, Pictionary, Family Feud, Monopoly, and The Price Is Right.  It's also loosely based on the board game Cranium.

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games and fun — DeepFUN

The fifth chapter in Marc Prensky’s Digital Game-Based Learning, is called Fun, Play and Games: What Makes Games Engaging (PDF). I wanted to share the introductory part with you. 

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Using Humor in the Classroom

Using Humor in the Classroom | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias explains how laughter can reduce stress and offers a handful of teaching activities to lighten up the learning.
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8 TED Talks on the importance of play

8 TED Talks on the importance of play | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Play invites creativity and collaboration, and can inspire you to think out of the box! Take a recess and learn about the benefits of connecting with your inner-child.
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A Playful Path

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A Playful Path, the new book by games guru and fun theorist Bernard De Koven, serves as a collection of ideas and tools to help us bring our playfulness back into the open. When we find ourselves forgetting the life of the game or the game of life, the joy of form or the content, the play of brain or mind, body or spirit, this book can help us return to that which our soul is heir.
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Recreation Therapy Ideas: Ante Up

Recreation Therapy Ideas: Ante Up | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Size of Group: small to large
Equipment: a jar of pennies (about 25 per person and 100 more for the "pot"), questions written on index cards beforehand
Objective: increase socialization
Description: Residents sit around a table. Each has 25 pennies placed in front of him/her. The "pot" of pennies is placed in the middle. Each resident takes turns reading a card and following the directions on it. Each card tells the reader to either give or take a penny. The resident with the most pennies at the end "wins", but this is also just a fun socializing game and is good for ice breakers too. Very quick to organize after you've done it once. 
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Great ice breaker. A fun socializing game. 

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» 3 Levels of Fun: Challenging, Accommodating & Relaxing - World of Psychology

» 3 Levels of Fun: Challenging, Accommodating & Relaxing - World of Psychology | Serious Play | Scoop.it

What kinds of challenging or accommodating fun activities do you make sure to include in your day?
Do you struggle to limit your time with TV (or any kind of screen)?

 

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How do you deal with ‘wise guys’? | Trainers Warehouse Blog

How do you deal with ‘wise guys’? | Trainers Warehouse Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it

About a month ago, Vesna Sodnik asked this question on our Effective and Fun Training Techniques LinkedIN group. She was looking for ways to manage the “know-it-all” participants. Here are a few of the suggestions that were shared online, which capture the breadth, diversity, and wisdom of our community.

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