We’ve all heard myths and urban legends about Big Foot, tested illogical home remedies like using hot water to make ice cubes faster and have made conservative choices on Friday the 13th, but how many of us have missed out on a travel adventure due to the fear caused by a few travel rumors? Here are some of the biggest urban legends in travel and the facts that debunk them.Myth 1: Americans Are The Worst TouristsAre Americans really the world’s worst tourists?American’s rank 9th best out of 27 nationalities, according to an annual survey of hotel managers. The truth is Americans were ranked the loudest but also the biggest tippers.Myth 2: Once You Step Onboard Your Money Is No GoodThe truth is that your soda, meals, waters in the dining hall and buffets are paid for, everything else costs including alcohol, alternative dining, internet access and more. The fact is an average cruise traveler spend 50% more than the base fare on additional amenities.Myth 3: Rule 240 = Money BackIf your flight is delayed, the urban legend states that Rule 240 requires the airline to compensate you. This is not exactly true, the rule 240 did at one time exist. It was created by the Civil Aeronautics Board. With deregulation though, Rule 240 has been expunged.Myth 4: Bottled Water Is Your New BFFAt least 25% of bottles water is simply tap water. So if you are weary of Montezuma’s Revenge while abroad, know that there’s a 25% chance the brand you buy will simply be local tap water anyway.Myth 5: Your Hotel Key Card Knows More About You Than You!This again is also not true, your hotel key card doesn’t know everything about you. This rumor was started by Detective Sergeant Kathryn Jorge of the Pasadena Police. She saw a presentation about fraud techniques indicating this as a possibility, and sent an alarming email in response. The police department had to retract the statements of DS Jorge to quell fears.Myth 6: There’s Money In That BibleThis is another myth which people want to be true, the myth is that people believe that there is a crisp $100 tucked into their hotel Bible. But till date there are no reports of such generosity.Possibly, all of these myths depends on the mode of your travel, like many cruise lines don’t include soda in their inclusive meal price so you need to pay for your soda every time you buy it or you might want to go for a soda card plan. Other than that I wish I found that money in the Bible or anywhere in my hotel room, but my bad luck.
Role playing games offer an excellent method for teaching kids leadership skills. However, the games must be designed to achieve maximum results. This article outlines tips for development and implementation. They benefit anyone who works with children (teachers, aides, camp counselors, etc.).7 Tips
Determine the topics.
Here, the point is to first determine what you want the topic to be. Leadership is broad, but you must narrow the subject matter. Relevant topics concerning traits of leaders, for example, include self-control, respect, choices, compassion, confidence, kindness, responsibility, character, honesty, courage, and gratitude. Likewise, brainstorm topics to cover with children about leadership principles.
List your objectives.
Games offer innovative and fun ways to learn about a subject. Still, they must have clear and measurable objectives. With that said, begin by deciding what you want kids to learn about each topic. The objectives drive the design portion of planning.Sample objectives are as follows: To learn what leadership is and is not, To learn the qualities of good leaders, To use media, To meet different learning styles, To engage, To measure learning, or To obtain feedback.
Brainstorm creative scenarios.
After you settle on the topics, the next step is to design the scenarios. Aim for at least two activities per topic. Why? Two strong activities that hit the nail on the head will leave a lasting impression.At the same time, how many children will participate in the activity? A role play can involve two persons and observers, or it can involve the entire class. All in all, it depends on how you structure it. Will the participants follow written instructions or respond to questions or statements?
A role play comprises instructions for saying or doing certain things. Therefore, writing clear and concise prompts or scripts is imperative. For instance, if you want one person to shout during the role play, you must state it on the card or slip of paper.
Gather materials and supplies.
Be creative. The more dramatic the activity the greater likelihood the information will stick. Do you want the children dressed in costume? Do you need objects (balls, marbles, colorful stickers, notecards, etc.)? Will you need a laptop and screen to display pictures or information? Even though it’s a role play, the game can comprise elements to meet different learning styles.
Write a lesson plan.
Think of each activity as part of the curriculum. Thus, a 1-page lesson plan is necessary. This overview states the name of the game, objective(s), amount of time needed, materials, step by step instructions, and discussion questions. At length, a written plan provides consistency and a road map for others to follow.
Develop discussion questions.
Aside from generating discussion, questions help to measure learning, clarify concepts, and get feedback. Furthermore, the latter gives insight for improving the activity.