Ideas for workshop activities

Thanks to Susan Groundwater-Smith and Nicole Mockler for these ideas.

1. Using postcards to help with metaphors
Collect unusual postcards with provocative images or quotes on them. Ask participants to select a card (from a spread on the floor) that resonates with their view of the area being discussed. Then pair-up and discuss meanings. This is useful in starting dialogues with peers about specific issues.

2. Working with a quote
Put a provocative quote on the board. First the presenter reads, secondly someone else reads it, then people discuss the quote in pairs / groups. Finally review the discussion with a few sound bites. This encourages depth of discussion about the issues rather than a more passive viewing. Thanks to Susan Groundwater-Smith and Nicole Mockler for this one.

3. Idea for session evaluation
Session evaluation using ‘silent conversations’ to evaluate a workshop or session. Place four pieces of flip-chart on the wall labelled E, W, N and S. Give participant post-it notes and ask them to write in silence about the following, then put them on the flip chart:
E – what excited you?
W – what worried you?
N – what else do you need to know?
S – stance, what is your current stance? Has it changed? How and why?
Once the post-it’s are up, encourage participants to annotate them and talk around the issues.

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About Mike Martin

Teacher educator based at Liverpol John Moores University in the UK. Researching subject knowledge of pre-service teachers.
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