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.


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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