Learning facilitators want to move their audiences. Sometimes we want them to move their knowledge and skills to a new level. Other times we want to move an audience to action. You can accomplish both of these more effectively if you get them physically moving, too. Try one, or all, of these simple strategies to get people moving.
1. Instead of handing out tasks, set up a “Mad Dash” board. Slip the tasks inside envelopes and post them on walls or chart stands around the room. Announce “1, 2, 3, Go!” and have participants dash and grab an envelope.
2. Post a sign in each of the four corners of the room marked A, B, C, D. Whenever you see that participants need to move, assign each letter a value such as never, rarely, sometimes and always. Pose a question and ask participants to move to that corner and talk with their group members.
(Laminate your signs so that you can easily use them over and over again!)
3. Add variety to the tired out “raise your hand if…” by asking participants to stand, thump their heart, snap their fingers, stomp their feet, high 5 a partner, put their arms up in a victory pose or post a sticky.
Adding movement will help to increase alertness and lead to better comprehension of your message. So what are you waiting for…get them moving!
For more ideas, check out Caffeinated Learning: How to Design and Conduct Rich, Robust Professional Training.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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