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Facilitating Groups, Building Teams, and Running Effective Meetings (K-2)

Workshop Description 

This workshop will be divided into to parts. Part 1 (3 hours) will be devoted to facilitating groups and building teams. Part 2 (3 hours) will be devoted to running effective meetings.

Facilitating Groups and Building Teams

Part 1 focuses on the skills you will need to facilitate groups and build teams.

You will 
  • decide when using a team is appropriate for the task 
  • understand team leadership functions and why trust is so important to effective teamwork
  • master goal setting and determine how to build a team that gets results 
  • differentiate facilitation and management 
  • develop awareness of group dysfunction and learn how to work around it

Running Effective Meetings

Part 2 focuses on the essential components of organizing and running a good meeting from the perspective of working as a team.

You will 
  • describe key elements of effective meetings
  • articulate valid purposes for holding a meeting 
  • discuss essential steps in planning and preparing for a meeting 
  • think through the process of organizing a meeting agenda 
  • consider how to facilitate a meeting and keep it on track 
  • identify types of meeting detractors, including difficult participants, and how to address them 
  • distinguish critical aspects of meeting follow-up

Workshop Presenter

Neil J Anderson is as an English language teacher and a professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Professor Anderson has taught and/or presented papers and workshops in more than 40 countries. His research interests include second language reading, language learner strategies, learner self-assessment, motivation in language teaching and learning, and ELT leadership development. Professor Anderson served as president of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages from 2001 to 2002. He was also a member of the board of trustees of The International Research Foundation (TIRF) from 2002 to 2008 and served as the board president from 2004 to 2006. He has been a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar in Costa Rica (2002–2003) and in Guatemala (2009–2010).