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


Early Childhood Workshops That Work! is a comprehensive guide that illustrates how to design, organize, conduct, and evaluate effective early childhood workshop and training seminars. It also includes sections on troubleshooting problem situations and designing learning materials. The author offers tips, guidance, and inside information from her years of experience as a successful workshop leader.

Nancy Alexander is the President of ASTD (The American Society for Training and ...

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Early Childhood Workshops That Work! is a comprehensive guide that illustrates how to design, organize, conduct, and evaluate effective early childhood workshop and training seminars. It also includes sections on troubleshooting problem situations and designing learning materials. The author offers tips, guidance, and inside information from her years of experience as a successful workshop leader.

Nancy Alexander is the President of ASTD (The American Society for Training and Development) and a child care director. Winner of the Professional Trainer of the Year Award, she gives workshops throughout the country. She lives in Shreveport, LA.

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"This was so easy to pick up and pull activities out to use immediately. It seems to have an endless supply of ideas for training. There are so few books of training specifically for early childhood and this is an excellent resource." -Children's Home & Aid Society

"The format was helpful, in that a trainer can easily flip through the pages to find what is most appropriate to the workshop being conducted. The compilations of icebreaker and other games was vast." - Diane Umstead, Program Mgr., Child Care Aware, NACCRRA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876592151
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy P. Alexander is Executive Director of Northwestern State University Child and Family Network, a multi-faceted program providing a variety of services, including innovative projects to assist programs to advance in the state quality rating system and career pathways. Nancy is a nationally recognized speaker and a highly sought-after presenter and workshop leader in early childhood programs throughout the country. She has been a frequent presenter at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, the NAEYC Professional Development Institute, the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) Annual Conference, and other regional and national conferences. Nancy has received numerous honors and recognitions throughout her career. She was selected for the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce "One Hundred Women of the Century," the Southern Early Childhood Association Outstanding Member Award, and the Professional Trainer of the Year Award from the North Louisiana Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Designing Training 11
Workshop and Training Design 11
Conducting Needs Assessments 11
Guidelines for Questionnaires 12
Analyzing Training Needs 12
Setting Realistic Goals 12
Writing Learning Objectives 12
Answering "What's in It for Me?" 14
Planning 14
Components of Quality Planning 15
Preparation 15
Relevance 15
Adaptability 15
Individualized 16
Guidelines for Planning 16
Involving All Learning Styles 16
Providing Balance 17
Including Variety 18
Outlining Training Content 18
Sequence of Content 18
Simple to Complex 18
Familiar to Unfamiliar 18
Chronological Order 19
Relative Importance 19
Logical Grouping 19
Planning Aids 19
Organizing Learning Experiences 20
Sample Workshop Format 20
Checklist for Training Plan 21
Planning for Learning Transfer 21
Planning for Involvement 22
Planning for Movement 22
Activities 23
Making Arrangements for Training 24
Flyers 24
Proof, Proof, Proof! 24
Directions and Location 25
Date and Time 25
Credit 25
Who Should Register 25
Logistics of a Training Session 25
Opening the Session 26
Housekeeping Details 26
Ending the Session 26
Closure Activities 27
Chapter 2 Activities for Individuals, Partners, Small Groups and Whole Groups 33
Icebreakers and Opening Activities 33
Why Icebreakers? 33
Selecting the Right Icebreaker 34
Introductory Icebreakers 36
Icebreakers Related to Training Content 40
Icebreakers Just for Fun 42
Individual Activities 43
Journaling 44
Word Games 44
Partner Activities 46
Interviews 47
Debates 47
Partner Worksheets 48
Other Partner Activities 49
Selecting Partners 50
Small Group Activities 52
Disadvantages and Cautions 53
Dealing with These Concerns 53
Guidelines for Working with Small Groups 53
Group Leader Tasks 54
Novel Ways to Select Group Leaders 54
Dividing into Groups 54
Facilitating Group Reporting 56
Small Group Discussion Ideas 57
Team Games 58
Other Activities for Small Groups 60
Whole Group Activities 62
Lectures 62
Panel Presentations and Discussions 63
Facilitator-led Discussions 63
Interactive Whole Group Experiences 64
Attention-grabbers and Motivators 64
Chapter 3 Demonstrations, Learning Games, and Other Learning Experiences 71
Demonstrations 71
Guidelines for Effective Demonstrations 71
Coping with Change 72
Importance of Working Together 73
Finding Solutions to Problems 76
Communication Activities 78
The Value of Observing 83
Curriculum and Working with Children 84
Learning Games 92
When Are Games Appropriate? 93
Bingo Games 94
Carnival Ducks 98
Go Fishing 100
Jeopardy 102
Card Games 104
Board Games 107
Tic-Tac-Toe Games 117
Other Games 119
Other Learning Experiences 123
Brainstorming 123
Role-play 124
Learning Stations 130
Field Experiences 133
Stories, Quotations, Proverbs, and Analogies 135
Chapter 4 Making and Using Effective Workshop Materials 141
Audiovisual Aids--VCRs and Other Monsters 141
Videos 141
Prepare for Viewing 141
Showing the Video 142
Viewers' Guides 143
Making and Using Your Own Videotapes 143
Activities Using Videos 143
Overhead Transparencies 144
Creating Effective Transparencies 144
Using Overhead Transparencies 145
Slides 146
Making Your Own Slides 146
Setting up for Slide Presentations 146
Showing Slides 148
Useful Accessories for Audiovisual Equipment 149
Flipcharts 149
Flipcharts to Inform 150
Flipcharts to Record Ideas and Suggestions 150
Using Flipcharts 151
Props 151
Why Use Props? 151
Prop Ideas 151
Fruit and Veggie Props 153
Occupation Symbol Props 154
Traffic Sign Props 155
Dry-erase Boards 156
Posters 156
Why Make Posters? 157
Making Effective Posters 157
Poster-making Activity Ideas 157
Handouts 158
Formatting for Comprehension 158
Guidelines for Effective Handouts 161
KISS--Keep It Short and Simple 161
Types of Handouts and Their Uses 161
Tools for Handouts 162
Tent Cards 163
Making Tent Cards 164
Participant Guidance 164
Inspirational and Motivational Messages 165
Discussion Starters 166
Questioning Techniques 166
Categories of Questions 167
Constructing Good Questions 168
Types of Questions 168
Useful Questions and Responses for Trainers 169
Ways to Direct Questions 170
Allowing Time for Response 170
Ways for Participants to Answer 170
Ways for Participants to Ask Questions 171
Responding to Questions from Trainees 172
Teaching Questioning Techniques 174
Facilitation 175
Roles of the Facilitator 175
Reaching Consensus 176
Additional Facilitation Tips 177
Effective Listening 177
Chapter 5 Components of Effective Training 181
Setting the Stage for Learning 181
The Physical Environment 181
Room Arrangement 181
Assessing the Physical Environment 183
The Emotional Environment 184
Establishing the Emotional Climate 184
Activities to Establish the Emotional Climate 185
More Environmental Tips 188
Understanding Adult Learners 188
Adult Learning Styles 188
Factors Affecting Adult Learning 189
Special Concerns of Adult Learners 190
Evaluating Training 192
Ways to Evaluate Effectiveness 193
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 Questions 199
Evaluating on the Go 204
Fast Feedback Forms 204
Activities for Feedback During Training 204
Chapter 6 Trouble Shooting 207
Participation and Personality Issues 207
Reluctant Participants 207
Low Literacy Levels 209
Side Conversations 209
Distractions and Latecomers 209
Antagonistic Participants 210
Negative Participants 211
Showoffs, Know-it-alls, and Dominators 211
Personality Clashes 213
Attention Issues 214
Getting and Keeping Attention 214
Preventing Inattention After Lunch 214
Facilitating Transfer of Learning to the Work Site 215
Why Training Fails 215
Making Reviews and Summaries Frequent and Fun 216
Review and Reinforcement Techniques 217
Review and Reinforcement Activities 217
The Value of Overlearning 220
Memory Aids 221
Handouts and Job Aids 223
Preventing Relapse 226
Activities to Facilitate Transfer of Learning 227
After the Workshop: Follow-up Activities 231
Building a Supportive Environment 233
Providing Materials and Supplies 235
Logistical Matters: Whatever Can Go Wrong, Will 235
Workshop First-aid Kit and Emergency Plan 235
Preventing and Coping with Training Disasters 236
Save the Day with Humor 239
Time-saving Tips 241
Organizing Materials 241
Filing and Finding 241
Storing Transparencies 244
Storing Posters 244
Storing Bulky Materials 245
Magazines and Professional Journals 245
Improving Presentation Skills and Presence 246
Learning To Give Presentations 249
Eliminate Distractions 249
Voice Quality--How You Say It 250
Gestures and Other Body Language 250
Using Notes 252
Training No-nos 253
Appendix 255
Index 301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2000

    Finally a great training book!

    Nancy has provided an excellent resource for Early Childhood trainers. This book is well organized with such items as ice breakers and activities to enhance your workshops. I have been training for several years, but this book has enhanced my workshops. Well done!

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