Relationship Building for the Virtual Classroom

This session supports the SEL principle of building relationships in the online and in-person learning environments. Participants will experience activities that provide opportunities to initiate communication, peer to peer interactions, and engagement in a shared experience. In this initial session, participants will take steps toward building positive group culture, and begin to consider benefits in… READ MORE >

Engagement Strategies for the Virtual Classroom

The session explores what engagement looks and feels like as a participant and how educators can promote engagement and buy-in from youth using thoughtful and deliberate strategies and practices in an online learning environment. Session Objectives At the end of this session participants will be able to: Facilitate 5 engagement activities with students in the… READ MORE >

Icebreakers and Energizers for the Virtual Classroom

The session offers short, ice-breaker and energizer activities that may be incorporated at the beginning of the day, between learning activities or throughout the school day when the group needs a pick-me-up. Participants will discuss the difference between activity types (icebreakers, energizers, relationship builders, and team builders) and how these quick activities can benefit the… READ MORE >

Reflection, Application and Transference

The session supports the SEL areas of self and social awareness by using reflection activities as tools to promote growth along the experiential learning cycle – “so what” and “now what.” Participants will experience and practice activities that invite individual and group reflection and challenges educators, with their student groups, to consider how their time… READ MORE >

Team Building for Educators

The session(s) will be a designed program, focused on meeting the needs and goals of school staff. These sessions, much like an in-person program facilitated by POBS, will be geared toward strengthening school teams, supporting the growth and development of staff as leaders, as peers, and as educators working together. Through a collaborative planning process,… READ MORE >

The Thriving Classroom – Engaging the Whole Learner

  This series will prepare you to support the development of social and emotional skills in their classrooms. Get introduced to Outward Bound’s educational framework for social-emotional development, engage in activities that promote SEL skill-building, and learn practices you can implement into your teaching. Each session in this 5-session series is 2.5 hours in length… READ MORE >

Insight: Team Building for Organizations

We offer one day courses on our Aerial Team Challenge Course at The Discovery Center, at our satellite ropes course in Fairmount Park’s Wissahickon, or at your facility. Participants spend the day engaged in ground-based problem solving initiatives as well as high-ropes challenges. As they tackle their fears, they build confidence and develop a sense of trust and… READ MORE >