Tip #607: Tic-Tac-Toe, What Do You Know?

On February 8, 2016, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #607: Tic-Tac-Toe, What Do You Know?

“Life is more fun if you play games.” Roald Dahl

Learning is also more fun if you play games!

I was reading a wonderful InfoLine written by Julie Patrick: “Creative Facilitation Techniques for Training” and found a simple yet effective content review activity: Tic-Tac-Toe.

According to Ms. Patrick, this activity can be used: in classroom training, during on-the-job training that involves at least two participants, or with an unlimited number of participants during synchronous online sessions.

The tic-tac-toe “board” can be drawn on a flipchart or provided in a handout.

Two participants or two teams compete against each other to answer content review questions. If they answer correctly, they place an X or an O on the tic-tac-toe “board.” Regardless … Read the rest

Tip #573: Pros and Cons of Using Jeopardy

On June 15, 2015, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #573: Pros and Cons of Using Jeopardy

“Education levels the playing field, allowing everyone to compete.” Joyce A. Myers

Jeopardy is a great game for checking participant comprehension. It can be used for any subject area, since it is a simple question and answer activity.

Adults enjoy its competitive nature. It can be a lot of fun, depending upon how you set up the answering process. When there are small groups competing against each other, you can require them to ring a bell, wave their hands, stand up, or throw a Koosh in the air to indicate that the group has the answer.

You can follow the Jeopardy rule that requires the answer to be phrased in the form of question or establish any other rule you … Read the rest

Tip #559: Let’s Call Homework Something Else

On March 9, 2015, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #559: Let’s Call Homework Something Else

“There are overtones and undertones to a word, and lateral echoes, too.” Knut Hamsun

I made an interesting and unhappy observation this weekend. My two little granddaughters stayed with me and that meant we had to work together on their homework.

When I asked the kindergartner about her homework, she groused and complained, saying that she hated homework. That really surprised me. Where did a kindergartner get that attitude?

(Later, when I worked with her second grader sister, I discovered that she had the same negative attitude about homework. Since the little one copies everything her older sister does, copying her attitude about homework was a foregone conclusion.)

So, what was this terrible homework? She had to read 12 short … Read the rest