Learning Format says that you need to have the "learners tell or
write what they already know."
Below are 6 different
highly interactive activities to choose from that'll help your learners
gain confidence before starting on the new skill or knowledge.
Ways to let them see what
they already know:
- Have them review their experiences with something
they do well that's similar to the skill or knowledge to be learned
- You review positive experiences in ways which
highlight what individuals contributed to success.
- Have them do the thing that is similar to the
skill/knowledge to be learned twice, highlighting relative successes
on the second occasion.
- You review (or have them) the thing that's
similar to the skill/knowledge to be learned, highlighting how
abilities were underestimated at the beginning.
- If it's group training, have the group identify
and support the achievement of the individual's past skill/knowledge
and do same for that to be learned.
- Help them "reframe" an experience which
is seen as a failure: every cloud has a silver lining.
Thanks to Roger Greenway who
gave us these ideas in the "Training Ideas" listserv.