Tried and Tweaked: Activities to re-energize peer learning sessions:
The PAL Program at the University of Minnesota has assembled a collection of 96 activities that our student facilitators have designed and conducted in their weekly sessions over the past four years. Many of the activities developed from an emphasis on two particular principles (there are eight) that guide our peer-learning sessions: modeling productive learning behaviors, and engaging students with each other. Each activity offers suggestions for preparation, supplies needed, appropriate courses, and the type of student grouping used in the activity.
The spirit in which these session activities are designed is one of creating an informal, social, and welcoming environment. Our hope is that they will re-energize not only the session atmosphere, but facilitators as well. We look forward to inspiring new and veteran facilitators alike so they can develop and archive their own collection to pass on.
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