Five key strategies leaders use for successful group behavior.

When a group is not positively engaged, it can be had to get everyone back on track. That is why it is important to take a proactive approach to group management.

Use these five strategies to improve your group management:

  1. Building Rapport. Whether it is through get-to-know-you games, one-on-one conversations, secret handshakes, or silly claps and cheers, rapport helps develop the mutual respect needed to experience positive group behavior.
  2. Attention Getters and Signals. Playful attention getters and other signals add fun to your program while make it easier to see and hear instructions needed to accomplish the next task.
  3. Transitions, Openings, and Closings. Transitions can make or break a day! Adding a check-in to the beginning and end of the day can make all the difference, as can adding a simple game, such as follow the leader, to move from one space to another.
  4. Learning Style. Whether visual, auditory, or kinesthetic, people learn best from a variety of learning styles. So when leading a group, don’t just tell them your instructions, show them. Have them practice with their movements.
  5. Rules and Consequences. If you have clear and simple rules and consistent follow through on those rules, kids know what to expect—which creates a safe environment for everyone to succeed.

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