More about learning…. from the french class

More about learning.... from the french class
This is further to the last post – Learning about learning in a French language class.   I cannot help note down a few more amazing design elements among all others, before I talk about how the French teacher facilitated.    The class really revolutionize the conventional ones where all just listen and repeat ‘Je mange, Tu ...

Facilitation Work as a Cover-Up 1

Facilitation Work as a Cover-Up
I was shown in a facilitation learning event a short video clip.   It is about a retreat for 50+ people in an organisation design and facilitated by a facilitator   It is the kind of upbeat video with delightful music which showed the smiling faces, colourful wall-charts, fun activities, etc.   There were captions indicating how much ...

Intended Messiness – Part 3

Intended Messiness - Part 3
The 2nd question to reflect on is ‘What are ‘good’ odd moments and what are those ‘bad’ ones to avoid?’    By ‘bad’, I mean those odd moments which are not conductive to the learning objectives.   As such, the answer to this question is really ‘it depends’.   On one extreme, if the learning intervention is about ...

Intended Messiness – Part 2

Intended Messiness – Part 2
Following from the argument from the last post, there are 2 questions How to assist the participants to learn from the odd moments instead of just staying in the ‘complaint’ mode in those moments? What are ‘good’ odd moments and what are those ‘bad’ ones to avoid? Capitalizing Messiness – To the first question, the ...

Intended Messiness – Part 1

Intended Messiness - Part 1
Scenario – Along with others, you designed and ran a 3-day workshop.   For various reasons (e.g. flow design, learners’ composition), on Day 2 morning, a few participants criticized strongly and openly their workshop experience on Day 1.   It was a hard time for the facilitators to deal with the dynamics on spot, and adapted subsequently. ...

Drawing out thoughts and emotions (Cont’d)

Drawing out thoughts and emotions (Cont'd)
                [.. continued from last post] Third, it is the space.  We held the session in her quiet little penthouse in a very old house.   From where I sit, I can see the trees through a small window.   The room is ‘populated’ with books.   The lighting is mild ...

Drawing out thoughts and emotions

Drawing out thoughts and emotions
  In my exploration of what some people called ‘Depth Psychology’, I have been receiving psycho-analysis in recent months.    There are a lot of angles for me to reflect on the experience e.g. feeling and sensation, mid-life, family.   In this post, let me take the perspective of facilitation and coaching. We had very deep conversation ...

What’s the point?

What's the point?
 I still remember when I saw the first time an Abstractionism painting many many years ago, I wondered ‘what is the point?’ I have never managed to appreciate them. I went into Albertina in Vienna earlier…. partly involuntarily. At least for the sections I visited, the museum contains a good variety of paintings in the ...