Decide How to Best Teach The Objectives
After establishing and sequencing the learning objectives, the actual lessons must be developed. First you must be very clear about:
- Who will be trained?
- What is the time frame alloted for the training?
- Where will training occur?
- Who will facilitate ?
If you want to reach all learners, you must understanding the four basic learning styles. Your training should include activities that address these questions:
- Why do we need to learn this?
- What, exactly, are we learning?
- How do we use what we are learning?
- What if circumstances require that we adapt and adjust?
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All of this requires planning -- thinking through the best ways to convey to material in ways that truly engage the learners.
- Avoid providing "lecture only" as much as possible, instead:
- Divide your training into a series of presentation sections
- Each "presentation" section will have the most impact if it lasts only 10 minutes or so
- In between each section, incorporate short activities in which learners reinforce their learning by talking with each other about what's been presented (these do not need to be long)
- Groups should consist of no more than four people
- If possible, learners should have time to try / practice / experiment
The following "formula" may help in DESIGNING your training:
- Review the learning objective for the lesson -
- Select an activity that helps learners relate to the concept
- Decide how you will discuss their insights from the activity
- Display an image that connects learners to the concept
- Present the information / material that's key to the learning objective
- Decide how you will test / evaluate learners on what you presented
- Select an activity that allows learners to experiment / try the learning
- Have learners present their findings to the class.