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Experiential Learning

By Kim - Posted on 26 May 2010

Our member Peggy Simmons ran our May meeting, this being billed as Experiential Learning. It was based on the idea that the best way to learn something is to do it. Peggy started by splitting us into pairs. She insisted that those who knew each other well could not form a pair. First time visitors were very popular! Some pairs were rearranged by Peggy when she was not satisfied with their relative anonymity. The Organising Secretary and the Treasurer were almost forcibly separated!

The meeting mainly involved talking to the other person to find out their views and their approach to humanism, first one way, then the other, then feeding back in turn. Finally we had to tell the whole meeting what we’d found out.

It was an unusual meeting for us, normally we just sit and listen, then discuss. It is easy to sit at the back and not contribute. This meeting forced everyone to participate, and although some claimed that they were “private people” they did enter into the spirit of things and everyone seemed to end up enjoying it.

If you are thinking of coming to next month’s meeting, don’t worry. We’re back to sitting and listening. You will be safe!



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