Effective Group Facilitation in Education How to Energize Meetings and Manage Difficult Groups

ISBN-10: 1412904625
ISBN-13: 9781412904629
Edition: 2004
Authors: John Eller
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Description: Practical pointers for maximizing meetings and motivating team members! At their worst, meetings can waste time, lack focus, foster a combative spirit, or be just plain boring. At their best, meetings can be a positive, dynamic experience  More...

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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 3/18/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Practical pointers for maximizing meetings and motivating team members! At their worst, meetings can waste time, lack focus, foster a combative spirit, or be just plain boring. At their best, meetings can be a positive, dynamic experience that nurtures individual strengths while inspiring teamwork to successfully accomplish an established task. The fate of a meeting lies in the skill of the facilitator, and this easy-to-use guide has all the tips and tools necessary to make you shine in this challenging role. Anyone charged with navigating a group of people toward a desired objective will benefit from this books indispensable features, which include: Templates for easy implementation at every stage of the facilitation process Straightforward tactics for managing difficult participants and emotionally charged situations Realistic examples to help you avoid pitfalls Surefire methods for delegating in a meaningful and respectful manner From pre-meeting preparation, to the meetings critical first few minutes, to its conclusion and beyond--this manual provides step-by-step guidance for the entire facilitation process. It is packed with proven dos and donts based on psychological principles, research, real-life experience, and field-tested best practices. The user-friendly strategies focus on such key areas as teambuilding, brainstorming, motivating, overcoming problematic situations, reaching goals, and assessing results.

John Eller is an educator with varied experiences in working with adults over the years he has been in education.nbsp; He has worked with masters students in developing professional learning communities at both Southwest Iowa Principal's Academy, an assistant superintendent for curriculum, learning, and staff development, a principal in a variety of settings, and a secondary and elementary teacher.nbsp; He works with groups to help them unleash the potential that may be locked up inside their organizations.nbsp; In addition to the work he does in training and supporting facilitators, he also provides organizations assistance in the areas of dealing with difficult people; building professional learning communities; employee evaluation; conferencing skills, coaching skills; strategic planning strategies, school improvement planning and implementation; differentiated instruction; leadership for differentiation; employee recruitment, selection, and induction; supervisory skills; effective teaching strategies; and anbsp;variety of other topics pertinent to today's educators.nbsp; He currently lives in Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area with his family.nbsp; He has his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University-Chicago and his MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.nbsp; He has authored books on substitute teaching, support materials for school leaders, and has assisted in the design of the e-learning communities in the areas of data-driven instruction and differentiated instruction that are currently being implemented by Sagebrush Learning and Corwin Press.nbsp; He has experience in writing e-learning course material, and coaches site leaders in their implementation efforts.

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
What am I Getting Into?
Why do We Get People Together to Meet?
When Do We Use Teams?
The Impact of a Facilitator on the Effectiveness of a Group
The Unique Position of a Group Facilitator
Internal Versus External Facilitators
Characteristics of Effective Facilitators
Your Mission as a Facilitator
Summary
Get Ready, Get Set...
The Importance of Planning to a Successful Session
Factors to Take Into Consideration When Planning Meetings
Breaking the Meeting Tasks Into Parts
Planning for the Effective Delivery of Directions
Summary
Go
Setting the Proper Tone for a Meeting
The Use of Music
Foundation-Setting Activities
Good News
The Use of Framing
Active Learning Strategies
Watching Team Member Behaviors During the Start of a Meeting
Opening the Session
Setting Norms and Ground Rules
Summary
Connecting All Members of the Team
Interdependence/Community and Its Importance to Team Operation
Community
Team Building
Conflict Resolution
Conflict and Chaos
Protecting Team Members During the Decision-Making Process
Protecting Team Members When Announcing the Results of Their Decisions
Keeping Uninvolved Stakeholder Groups Informed About Decision Progress
Summary
Reaching Peak Performance: Connecting Their Minds
The Need to Minimize/Maximize Energy
Diagnosing Group Energy
Working/Processing Combinations
Grouping and Regrouping Strategies
Other Group Processing Strategies
Summary
Working the Brain
Brainstorming Techniques
Brainstorming Strategies and Ideas
Summary
Reaching the Goal
The Problem with Goals
Typical Issues Inhibiting Goal Implementation Success and Facilitator Implications
Other Important Considerations for Success in the Goal Process
Summary
Putting On Your Oxygen Mask
Important Factors for Facilitators to Track
Importance of Self-Protection
Understanding Your Role as the Group Facilitator
Use of Positive Presuppositions
Gesturing
Use of Charts, Papers and Other Visuals to Deflect Anger
Use of Positioning in the Room
Developing an Exit Plan
Reflect Emotions/Content Back to the Group
Summary
Transforming a Difficult Group
What is a Difficult Group?
Problem People
Identification Strategies
Starting a Session
Music and Difficult Groups
Foundation-Setting Activities
Framing
Use of an Agenda
Summary
References
Index

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