As an instructor, trainer, facilitator or teacher, how many of these situations can you relate to?
Here's what I know: These classroom scenarios are very, very common. But, by tackling these scenarios the right way, you can be profoundly more effective in the classroom than you currently are or ever thought you could be!
In this 36-lesson, 4-hour course, we will learn:
If you are willing to critically evaluate your current approach to training, be open to learning some new training techniques, and do some hard work both during and after this course, I will partner with you to help you become a dramatically more effective and confident trainer, instructor, facilitator, or teacher.
In other words: Once you've completed the Facilitation Basics course, you will never look at training the same way again!
(NOTE TO STUDENTS: The Course title was revised on July 2017, so don't panic when you see the "Facilitation Basics" slide. You're still in the right place!)
Let's being by talking about those common problems that we all encounter in the classroom.
The content in this course is pulled from my live Facilitation Skills Train-the-Trainer workshop, which has been tested and proven with over 700 participants over the past 7 years.
Yes, an introvert can become a successful teacher and instructor. Here's my early story.
At a high level, here's what we'll cover in the course.
In this lesson, we'll introduce 6 critical facts and principles about your learners and how they learn.
To create a more effective classroom learning experience, you need to consider these 4 adult learning principles.
They are in your classroom. Question is: Why?
Let's review the three types of learners.
You're probably familiar with visual and auditory learning styles. But do you know what happens when you make your students use both styles at the same time?
A quiz about learning styles.
When people with this learning style buy furniture from IKEA, they don't use (or need) no stinkin' instructions. They just go for it and figure it out. Question is: Have you prepared your classroom and your content to support this learning style?
How much do you think about room setup? And how big of an impact do you think it has on your classroom?
In this lesson, we'll look at some common room arrangements and discuss the pros and cons of each.
Room setup question #1.
What does an early psychology experiment from 1885 have to do with your classroom? Watch this lesson to find out.
Believe it or not, neuroscientists know a thing or two about learning. In this lesson, we discuss 6 findings from brain research that have a direct impact on what we should be doing in the classroom.
An overview of the principles from the book, Made to Stick.
In this lesson, we'll examine two ways to use the principle of simplicity in our classroom.
Probably the most difficult thing for an instructor to be is this: unexpected. Yet this is probably the most powerful technique that you are not using. In this lesson, we'll discuss three applications of the principle of unexpected.
A big challenge for instructors can be communicating an idea or concept in a way that each student gets the meaning that you intended. The principle of concrete can help us do that.
Credibility goes a long way in the eyes of your students. But you can't fake it, that's for sure. In this lesson, we'll discuss three ways that you can cultivate credibility.
Your students may cry after taking one of your exams....but that's not what we're talking about here. To connect on an emotional level with your students, you've got to do this one thing really well.
If you are doing this in your training, it's most likely just your story. While that's a great start, there are other stories that you can be using. Whose stories? Watch and find out.
Based on the facts and principles that you just learned, I think you're starting to see that some things have to change. But yet there are still bad trainers delivering bad training - why?
Alright, this is it. The moment when you put your bad training ways (and days) behind you. You are about to step into a brand-new world - the world of Facilitation. In this lesson, we draw the comparisons between what you've been doing and how you will start doing your training differently...and what that means for both you and your students.
This one's all about your audience.
To begin delivering training as a Facilitator, here's an overview of the 11 tasks you'll need to perform.
Finally! A solution for squeezing too much content into too little time. And it all starts with this lesson. This lesson is the linchpin for the remainder of the Facilitation Basics course.
The previous lesson may have been the linchpin, but this is where the heavy lifting happens. You may not be used to doing "prep work," but following the directions in this lesson will make or break your success in the classroom.
Fun happens here...because you designed it! And it's all about the activities you create. Once you have the concepts in this lesson in your toolkit, you will only be limited by your creativity.
What are the components of a great opening? I'll give you a hint - there are three.
Just because I like you guys, I'm offering this bonus!
It's an activity that I designed and have had great success with. And it allows you to give your students additional value in terms of the takeaway from the activity. Watch this lesson to learn how to implement this activity. Enjoy!
Now that you've completed all of your prep work, it's time to truly facilitate your class.
The first thing you need to consider is the room setup. Yes, we talked about this earlier. But now we have new information - specifically with regards to facilitation - that we need to consider.
This is not a repeat - do not skip this lesson.
In Class Quiz #1
Ever been in a course where the instructor wagged the finger at you and said, "I expect you to participate?"
Well, as facilitators, that's not the way we do things. In this lesson, you'll learn how to set the expectation for participation.
As part of your prep work, you crafted this content. Now it's time to deliver it...along with a couple of other pieces of information.
Yeah, that's right. I said 4-6 times per hour. But how? There's not enough time?
Well, if you did your prep work correctly, you made the time. This lesson goes into all the details about how you make this work.
In Class Quiz #3
Improving your students' retention of content from 10-20% to 70-80% all comes down to the critical information you want them to retain - what we call the key takeaways. In this lesson you will learn the two approaches to addressing those key takeaways.
In Class Quiz #2
In my years as a training student, instructional designer and facilitator, I've seen some crazy things in the classroom (you probably have too). But when it comes to managing your classroom, it doesn't have to feel overwhelming. Here are some things I've picked up and learned over the years.
In Class Quiz #4
After you facilitate your first class, I think you will appreciate not only your effort, but the effort that your participants put in as well. Realizing that, why would you end your class with, "Any questions? Ok, thanks," when you can do so much more. In this lesson, I describe how I close and celebrate my Train-the-Trainer workshops.
A little extra something, just because you've made it this far. This is a flow of the Teach Back, with all of the critical components listed. Let this become your new BFF.
Congratulations! You are now prepared (and hopefully) inspired to go out and facilitate your next training course. In this lesson, we wrap up the Facilitation Basics course.
My 29+ years of experience in the classroom began when I was a very anxious graduate teaching assistant who was suddenly given a teaching role (that's a kind way of saying I was thrown into a classroom full of freshman students). I honestly had no clue what I was doing. But that initial experience revealed something very surprising to me: I enjoyed teaching. I still wasn't that good at it, but I enjoyed it.
So I worked harder, studied, experimented and gradually allowed more of my personality to come through in the classroom. That growth allowed me to develop a brand-new undergraduate class (while still a graduate student) and inspired me to eventually take on an adjunct instructor position - while working a full-time job and pursuing a 2nd Masters degree.
Over the last 12 years, my focus has been on corporate training, as I both introduced and led the use of Facilitation as the primary training methodology at Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating.
During that time, I designed a number of unique and effective training programs. And for 7 of those years, I designed and facilitated a Train-the-Trainer workshop specifically focused on our internal and external instructors. To date, 700 participants have completed that workshop.
My first Udemy course, Become an 11x More Effective Corporate Trainer This Year, reflects the core content from my live Train-the-Trainer workshop.
Little to no student engagement and a lack of creativity in the design and delivery of training programs are the two biggest issues that I focus on. I can teach you how to easily and consistently engage your students, while creating a fun learning experience for both your students and yourself!
I have designed and facilitated multiple training workshops, team-building and employee engagement events. I also write about creating engaging, memorable and unexpected learning experiences on my blog (see website link below).