“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” Bill Moyers
This was the last day of the second 5-day train the trainer. Last night, after getting back so late from the trip to the Dead Sea restaurant, I stayed up until 2 a.m. reviewing 27 of the participants’ lesson plans. As opposed to last week’s participants, who were often confused, I had about 7 lesson plans that were excellent. (I attribute this to: (1) reminding them to compare their lesson plans to the examples in their binders and (2) walking them through the different elements of the lesson plan at two different points to make sure they understood what each category meant).
This group also enjoyed the Jeopardy game. … Read the rest
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward De Bono
The Jordan travelogue will definitely continue, but I thought you might appreciate a description of a short serendipitous learning activity.
It can be a real nightmare for a trainer when participants complete learning activities much more quickly than anticipated. I found myself in that predicament this week when I was facilitating a workshop on “Managing Your Stress and Time Before They Manage You!” Two activities that were each supposed to take an hour were completed in one hour. There was an entire hour calling for additional content.
For the last exercise, the participants had paired up to take turns discussing … Read the rest
“You can’t know too much, but you can say too much.” Calvin Coolidge
There is no reason why a trainer should bore trainees and waste valuable training time by rehashing information that the trainees already possess. A number of individual and group participatory activities can serve as informal needs assessments at the very beginning of a class. Here are seven possibilities to consider.
At the beginning of the program, the trainer can have the trainees:
1. Complete and submit a pre-test. This pre-test should cover key content areas. It can take the form of a simple checklist, a true/false questionnaire, a multiple- choice questionnaire, or even short essay questions. For example, in an assertive communication class, the pre-test could ask … Read the rest
The kinesthetic learner is often the most difficult to satisfy in classroom training. However, there are some creative ways to add movement to classroom content review activities. These kinesthetic activities provide whole body learning, which increases retention. Today, we will discuss the Gallery Walk.
What: A Gallery Walk involves having the participants walk and add their thoughts to flip charts posted along the length of a wall.
When: It can be used at any time you would like to review what learners either know or have learned.
Why: It is intended to provide some physical activity, specifically to meet the needs of kinesthetic learners.
How: The trainer posts flipcharts with different headings related to the topic … Read the rest