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During our first discussion, one couple talked an inordinate amount of time for each comment either of them made and wanted to steer the topics to their areas of interest. They double-teamed us a bit when we tried to move them on–she would and turn to him to ask for back up or that he add to her statement and vice versa. It threw both the co-facilitator and I for a bit of loop but we discussed after the program and again before the last one. Since we knew what to look for this time, we were able to work together using some of the statements from our training to limit the “hand off” and keep us moving and on topic.
Also, in the first discussion we followed the 90-minute program format of 1) introduction, 2) book summary, 3)general thoughts on book and theme, 4) author video, 5) video discussion, 6) Science in Real Life video, 7) video discussion, and 8) conclusion. We found that our attendees really wanted to jump right into the book, theme, science discussion even though only about ½ of them are reading the book so we rearranged the order of things a bit. For the second discussion, we started with 1) an introduction, 2) the author video and a book summary, 3) a general discussion about the author video, the book and its relation to our theme and 4) in the last 25 minutes, we played the Science in Real Life video and then discussed it in relation to the theme. For us, this order seems to have flowed better so we will stick with it for the next discussions.