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This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.

As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

What attention-grabbing strategies did you see the Staff using in this video? (Watch at 0:09, 0:52, 0:58)

What positive statements did staff use that kept youth together and engaged? (Listen at 0:33; 0:39, 0:45, 1:14)

If you were leading this activity, what would you do differently? What would you do the same?


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Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

What strategies do you use in your program to keep youth together when doing a group activity?
Rita Thomas's picture
I have found that if you give students a puzzle to solve--most of them will instinctively work with
others. This is not the case with all students, some will navigate back to their space and
will be watching and listening to others, or will be working and creating on their own.
In this senario, I will try to start a discussion and will ask them questions to get their points
of view and ideas to be heard and included. This works well with some students. With others this does not.
We have to recognize as a society that there are types of personalities that perform in different
ways. This is not to say that we shouldn't try to coax a person who is introverted into a group
setting--but we do need to understand and respect the differences. Some of the greatest minds of
our times have been those who did not prefer being in a group. :)
How did youth respond to the strategies used?
Rita Thomas's picture
I think they seem to respond and accept differences, more so that we might think.
Why would it be important to keep youth together when working on STEM? 
Rita Thomas's picture
Of course the world we live in has a social structure, and odds are if they begin in a career; they will be part of a group.
In some cases we learn from each other.

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Keeping the Group Focused

Engage youth in STEM learning by managing group and individual behavior of youth during STEM activities.
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