Tip #552: The Importance of Modeling in Training

On January 19, 2015, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #552: The Importance of Modeling in Training

“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.” Patrick Henry

A recent conversation with a colleague reminded me once again how important it is for trainers to model (demonstrate) what they want their learners to do- before the learners do it on their own (in small groups, pairs or individually).

I learned the hard way, through trial and error (mostly error), that modeling before assigning an activity is important. I had given small participant groups some case studies to analyze, without showing them how to analyze a case study. As a result, they settled on the obvious causes rather than the real causes. Had I walked them through a preliminary … Read the rest