Opening Circle – an OC led by the named person, plus the usual debrief.

Feedback on Day 1 – we always began each day with a feedback session.
This allows anyone to ask any questions on anything they’ve not understood,
or to raise questions of ethics/procedures/whatever that would slow down
their understanding of day 2 material. We always worked to the idea that an
individual cannot move forward into new learning until they are comfortable
with what they have already consolidated. We would not move forward into
the next exercise until everyone was ready.
 
Elements of Theory – a short space to reflect on Coco theory prior to the practical session.

Philosophy – why I want to teach Coco. This was a small group exercise to flag up reasons for being there. For me it was always important to be able to say “I’m teaching this because…” and for me it was always about elegance and enabling. The justification is a part of my world view, my Gestalt!

Teaching The Theory – this was a working exercise with a small group of 5 whom the teacher would brief as to their stage of development, i.e., a brand new group on day 1. The teacher would then outline the theory, adding any home-made examples, and take any questions that the “new” group could create.  

Debrief - would follow the normal format, teacher, group, G & MB.

Short Straw 3 & 4 – working on the 3rd and 4th Worst Fear.

Patterns – We flip-charted patterns around facilitation that could cause problems for the group. Working as a Co-Facilitator allows each one to support and challenge the other when pre-warned patterns come up. Knowledge of your own teaching patterns allows you to begin to think about avoiding them, IF THAT’S WHAT YOU DECIDE! The awareness of your teaching patterns may well impact on who you’d like to teach with anyway.

Rules  – this was another flip-chart exercise to begin to define what would you want to have rules about in any group you are running? Might they change if you were running a different group?
Group Process – an outline of the standard process of group development as it relates to coco groups. We discussed the 4 main stages, Forming/Storming/Norming and Performing. These stages are pretty much self explanatory but we spent some time reinforcing the idea that it is an essential part of the group development that participants Storm i.e. challenge the facilitator(s) as early as possible, in order to be able to move on to the later productive stages.

Closing Circle – led by the named individual, followed by their debrief.

Resent/Appreciate on the day and Closure as usual

Homework – Prepare what you are going to teach tomorrow.

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