Statues

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 by

Have you ever played statues? The other day I tried it in class and it was fun and effective. Look for an uncomfortable position in which to stand. I told the participants that it would not move me until they gave me the right answer to the question I was asking. Not only did they

Come with me

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 by

During a training we hardly have enough time to practice all we would like to or even to assimilate everything we have learned. Something very useful is to assign learning buddies. Ask participants to find a partner to work with. It usually works better if they are people with whom they share something, they communicate

Ask for volunteers

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 by

Not everyone likes to be exposed in public and participate actively in a class. Sometimes, in small groups it’s easier, but if it comes to taking an active role in plenary, it still may be complicated. You can ask participants that those who want to take a more active role, to let you know. How?

I see it better now

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 by

Lately I refuse to use PowerPoints presentations. What I do is prepare a class through drawings. I use sheets of flipchart paper, to illustrate the key concepts we will cover in class and hang in them around the room before participants arrive. As they enter through the door they are surprised to see all walls

What skills do I need?

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 by

There are times when interpersonal skills are not taken into account when promoting a supervisor. For example, their ability to communicate, resolve conflicts, empathy etc. Even supervisors themselves are not aware that they need those skills to carry out their work effectively. Write as case studies for class conflictive issues that need to be solved.

My work is like …

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 by

We always say that metaphors help express feelings, understand concepts, visualize situations, ultimately, that they are very useful in training environments. Another class activity could be to ask participants to define their work with a metaphor. For example: “My work is like carrying chains on my feet”; “My work makes me fly above the mountains”

Not another test!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 by

Tests bore all of us, but we love acting. Ask participants to prepare a short play in relation to what they have learned in class. You will have the opportunity to see what they have learned; they will review all the material and have fun at the same time. Do not forget that with the

Infographics

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 by

Infographics are everywhere now, and I actually think it’s a great trend. They are a visual and attractive way to show information that if presented simply through a text can be too dense or unintelligible. Designing specific infographics on labor rights can be very useful to raise awareness of the need of respect, its causes,

I can help you

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 by

What are you bad at? What are you good at? What can I help you with? How can you help? Let’s find out. Identify the essential skills that each working team has to have and make a list with all of them. Ask each team member to identify which skills he or she is specially

It is not always easy to see the positive in the negative. We cannot always turn a problem into an opportunity. But the truth is that it is worth trying. Write case studies that describe rights that have not been respected, that describe how the workplace is flawed. Ask participants to redraft the cases by

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