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Is It Managing or Controlling?

Staff Development Guide

Training Situation: Meeting (small group)

Length: 20 minutes

Objective: Participants will compare management versus control in order to positively manage groups for learning.


  • Comparison of management vs control – 15 minutes
  • See the skill in action – 5 minutes



Video-Based Learning Module

Watch the activity overview video. This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.

As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

  • What attention-grabbing strategies did you see the staff using in this video?
  • What positive statements did staff use that kept youth together and engaged?
  • If you were leading this activity, what would you do differently? What would you do the same?

Now that you’ve watched the video, reflect on what you saw.

  • What strategies do you use in your program to keep youth together when doing a group activity?
  • How did youth respond to the strategies used?
  • What is it important to encourage youth to work together when doing STEM?