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Early Childhood Workshops That Work!: The Essential Guide to Successful Training and Workshops
     

Early Childhood Workshops That Work!: The Essential Guide to Successful Training and Workshops

by Nancy Alexander
 

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ISBN-10: 0876592159

ISBN-13: 2900876592150

Pub. Date: 09/01/2000

Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.

This comprehensive guide illustrates how to design organize conduct and evaluate effective workshop and training seminars. It also includes sections on troubleshooting and designing learning materials. Early Childhood Workshops That Work. shows you how to make your training effective interactive and rewarding.

Overview

This comprehensive guide illustrates how to design organize conduct and evaluate effective workshop and training seminars. It also includes sections on troubleshooting and designing learning materials. Early Childhood Workshops That Work. shows you how to make your training effective interactive and rewarding.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900876592150
Publisher:
Gryphon House Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Designing Training11
Workshop and Training Design11
Conducting Needs Assessments11
Guidelines for Questionnaires12
Analyzing Training Needs12
Setting Realistic Goals12
Writing Learning Objectives12
Answering "What's in It for Me?"14
Planning14
Components of Quality Planning15
Preparation15
Relevance15
Adaptability15
Individualized16
Guidelines for Planning16
Involving All Learning Styles16
Providing Balance17
Including Variety18
Outlining Training Content18
Sequence of Content18
Simple to Complex18
Familiar to Unfamiliar18
Chronological Order19
Relative Importance19
Logical Grouping19
Planning Aids19
Organizing Learning Experiences20
Sample Workshop Format20
Checklist for Training Plan21
Planning for Learning Transfer21
Planning for Involvement22
Planning for Movement22
Activities23
Making Arrangements for Training24
Flyers24
Proof, Proof, Proof!24
Directions and Location25
Date and Time25
Credit25
Who Should Register25
Logistics of a Training Session25
Opening the Session26
Housekeeping Details26
Ending the Session26
Closure Activities27
Chapter 2Activities for Individuals, Partners, Small Groups and Whole Groups33
Icebreakers and Opening Activities33
Why Icebreakers?33
Selecting the Right Icebreaker34
Introductory Icebreakers36
Icebreakers Related to Training Content40
Icebreakers Just for Fun42
Individual Activities43
Journaling44
Word Games44
Partner Activities46
Interviews47
Debates47
Partner Worksheets48
Other Partner Activities49
Selecting Partners50
Small Group Activities52
Disadvantages and Cautions53
Dealing with These Concerns53
Guidelines for Working with Small Groups53
Group Leader Tasks54
Novel Ways to Select Group Leaders54
Dividing into Groups54
Facilitating Group Reporting56
Small Group Discussion Ideas57
Team Games58
Other Activities for Small Groups60
Whole Group Activities62
Lectures62
Panel Presentations and Discussions63
Facilitator-led Discussions63
Interactive Whole Group Experiences64
Attention-grabbers and Motivators64
Chapter 3Demonstrations, Learning Games, and Other Learning Experiences71
Demonstrations71
Guidelines for Effective Demonstrations71
Coping with Change72
Importance of Working Together73
Finding Solutions to Problems76
Communication Activities78
The Value of Observing83
Curriculum and Working with Children84
Learning Games92
When Are Games Appropriate?93
Bingo Games94
Carnival Ducks98
Go Fishing100
Jeopardy102
Card Games104
Board Games107
Tic-Tac-Toe Games117
Other Games119
Other Learning Experiences123
Brainstorming123
Role-play124
Learning Stations130
Field Experiences133
Stories, Quotations, Proverbs, and Analogies135
Chapter 4Making and Using Effective Workshop Materials141
Audiovisual Aids--VCRs and Other Monsters141
Videos141
Prepare for Viewing141
Showing the Video142
Viewers' Guides143
Making and Using Your Own Videotapes143
Activities Using Videos143
Overhead Transparencies144
Creating Effective Transparencies144
Using Overhead Transparencies145
Slides146
Making Your Own Slides146
Setting up for Slide Presentations146
Showing Slides148
Useful Accessories for Audiovisual Equipment149
Flipcharts149
Flipcharts to Inform150
Flipcharts to Record Ideas and Suggestions150
Using Flipcharts151
Props151
Why Use Props?151
Prop Ideas151
Fruit and Veggie Props153
Occupation Symbol Props154
Traffic Sign Props155
Dry-erase Boards156
Posters156
Why Make Posters?157
Making Effective Posters157
Poster-making Activity Ideas157
Handouts158
Formatting for Comprehension158
Guidelines for Effective Handouts161
KISS--Keep It Short and Simple161
Types of Handouts and Their Uses161
Tools for Handouts162
Tent Cards163
Making Tent Cards164
Participant Guidance164
Inspirational and Motivational Messages165
Discussion Starters166
Questioning Techniques166
Categories of Questions167
Constructing Good Questions168
Types of Questions168
Useful Questions and Responses for Trainers169
Ways to Direct Questions170
Allowing Time for Response170
Ways for Participants to Answer170
Ways for Participants to Ask Questions171
Responding to Questions from Trainees172
Teaching Questioning Techniques174
Facilitation175
Roles of the Facilitator175
Reaching Consensus176
Additional Facilitation Tips177
Effective Listening177
Chapter 5Components of Effective Training181
Setting the Stage for Learning181
The Physical Environment181
Room Arrangement181
Assessing the Physical Environment183
The Emotional Environment184
Establishing the Emotional Climate184
Activities to Establish the Emotional Climate185
More Environmental Tips188
Understanding Adult Learners188
Adult Learning Styles188
Factors Affecting Adult Learning189
Special Concerns of Adult Learners190
Evaluating Training192
Ways to Evaluate Effectiveness193
Smile Sheets: What Did They Like?193
Assessing Knowledge: What Did They Learn?194
Change in Performance: What Will They Do Differently?195
Bottom Line: What Are the Benefits to Children, Families, and Programs?197
Evaluation and Feedback Questions199
Evaluating on the Go204
Fast Feedback Forms204
Activities for Feedback During Training204
Chapter 6Trouble Shooting207
Participation and Personality Issues207
Reluctant Participants207
Low Literacy Levels209
Side Conversations209
Distractions and Latecomers209
Antagonistic Participants210
Negative Participants211
Showoffs, Know-it-alls, and Dominators211
Personality Clashes213
Attention Issues214
Getting and Keeping Attention214
Preventing Inattention After Lunch214
Facilitating Transfer of Learning to the Work Site215
Why Training Fails215
Making Reviews and Summaries Frequent and Fun216
Review and Reinforcement Techniques217
Review and Reinforcement Activities217
The Value of Overlearning220
Memory Aids221
Handouts and Job Aids223
Preventing Relapse226
Activities to Facilitate Transfer of Learning227
After the Workshop: Follow-up Activities231
Building a Supportive Environment233
Providing Materials and Supplies235
Logistical Matters: Whatever Can Go Wrong, Will235
Workshop First-aid Kit and Emergency Plan235
Preventing and Coping with Training Disasters236
Save the Day with Humor239
Time-saving Tips241
Organizing Materials241
Filing and Finding241
Storing Transparencies244
Storing Posters244
Storing Bulky Materials245
Magazines and Professional Journals245
Improving Presentation Skills and Presence246
Learning To Give Presentations249
Eliminate Distractions249
Voice Quality--How You Say It250
Gestures and Other Body Language250
Using Notes252
Training No-nos253
Appendix255
Index301

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