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IMPROV RULES; Using Creative Experiences To Develop Social-Emotional Skills

"Intelligence is a brain-body-environment structure and function system...learning and change are grounded in the experience of discovery." Madrazzo and Motz,  “Brain Research: Implications For Diverse Learners” published in Science Educator
"The thinking part of our brain evolved through entanglement with older parts that we now know are involved in emotion and feelings. Emotion and thought are physically entangled— immensely so. This brings our body into the story because we feel our emotions in our body, and the way we feel always influences our brain."  James Zull, "The Art Of Changing The Brain" Educational Leadership,

Our interactions with other people are constantly creating and reinforcing neural pathways and neural pathways are the "habits of mind" that we experience as thoughts, beliefs, identity and sense of self.During developmental years, having skills that promote relationships of reciprocity can form a foundation for shaping one's…

Transformative Storytelling: Developing Stories That Educate, Motivate and Inspire Workshop Handout

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” Robert McKee
There have never been so many competing demands for attention at the same time there is so much essential knowledge to communicate to clients, colleagues and the communities we serve. The ability to craft and deliver a compelling story is one of the most empowering tools we can possess to impart ideas, information or inspiration.  Research into the way our brains pay and process attention provides important and effective guidelines for doing just that. Thanks science!
    Well-crafted stories can frame and explain important concepts engage listeners in ways that add color, imagination and emotional significance to important information and in this way make the content memorable and meaningful. "The story is actually just a delivery system for the teller’s agenda," writes Jonathan Gotschall in Why Storytelling Is Th…

GAMECHANGERS: Using Improv Games For Therapeutic Goals Workshop Handout

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct." Carl Jung


Applied Improvisation games are a form of brain training and social-emotional skill development that are increasingly used in training, therapy and classrooms. "Improv enthusiasts rave about its educational value," writes Linda Flanagan in "How Improv Can Open Up The Mind In The Classroom and Beyond" on Mindshift. According to BostonImprov National Touring Company director Deanna Criess, who is quoted in the article, improvisation "not only hones communication and public speaking skills, it also stimulates fast thinking and engagement with ideas. On a deeper level, improv chips away at mental barriers that block creative thinking — that internal editor who crosses out every word before it appears on a page — and rewards spontaneous, intuitive responses. Because improv depends on the group providing categorical support for every answer, participants also…