A recent article in The Atlantic reported on interesting research on stress balls and other types of hand held toys. Researchers from the Polytechnic Institute of New York looked at what they call "fidget widgets." These are objects people play with while thinking about something else. Their preliminary findings indicate playing with these toys might boost both attention and memory.
In a training session or a meeting, a staff member who is fiddling with a object might just be doing it to improve their ability to pay attention. Neuroscience has shown that physical activity improves brain functioning. Particularly for kinesthetic learners, the physical manipulation of an object can be helpful.
Maybe "fidget widgets" for everyone at the beginning of staff training might be a good idea next summer.
Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.