Processing and facilitation in Adventure Education

Here’s a quick update from the front lines on this Veterans Day.

I’m taking an awesome class this semester called AE 350 – Adventure Processing and Facilitation.  In a nutshell, we are learning  about theories and methods of effective facilitation of adventure activities, as well as creative and meaningful ways to debrief the experiences.  This has been my favorite class in the AE program thus far (not counting the expedition portions of the AE block semester, of course).  It is fun, challenging, practical, and thought provoking.  It is the synthesis of many of the theories and concepts we have been learning since AE 101.  And as Professor Bob Stremba is fond of saying, it is “The WHY behind the What.” 

Our current class projects involves co-leading an initiative with another classmate and debriefing it at the end.  My partner, Veronica, and I are developing a prop and activity called The Pipeline which involves a group rolling a marble from point A to point B using sections of PVC pipe.  I spent this morning cutting and sanding various diameters and lengths of pipe and we will glue fittings and paint them shortly.  The point of the activity is to assist groups with communication and teamwork.  I am excited to try it out when we present next Wednesday.

Okay, I’ve got to run to Home Depot for a few supplies.  Until next time…

Thank a vet.  Freedom isn’t free.

– Dave Lynch

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