Using Questions

You can use this tip for almost any class or workshop you teach to teachers or students. You have identified the concepts and learning objectives that you plan to cover. How do you keep your participants on their toes and interested in the content you are trying to get across?

  • Come up with a question for each point or concept you are teaching.
  • Write each question on a post-it note and put them randomly around the room. You can hide them, but keep a map so you remember where you put each question.
  • After you present the first concept and are sure that everyone understands the concept, ask one participant to find the first post-it and read the question that pertains to that concept.
  • Ask this person then to ask another person in the group to answer the question.
  • Continue using this method until you complete all the questions.

This method adds a new dimension to workshops. Everyone starts paying closer attention to what is being covered since they might be called on to answer something. You may find this is a great way of reinforcing concepts or may decide it doesn’t work after the first question. What you hope to do is create a way for people to get to know each other and get to know the concepts in an informal environment. You can add freebies as incentives if you have the means.

Submitted by:Barbara Bray

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