Tip #164: Assigning Exercises

Maintaining a Smooth Flow

  1. Keep in mind that all of the information pertains to what the participants need to know and do. Reinforce the relevance of the information whenever possible.
  2. Use transitional statements that move the group from the previous content to the content now under discussion.
  3. Refer back to earlier statements made by the participants or other trainers, to build on their comments or tie their information to the current content.

Assigning an Exercise

  1. Remember to model an exercise before having the group do one, in order to set them up for success.
  2. When assigning either an individual or a group exercise, indicate how long they have to complete the assignment.

Modeling the Assignment

  1. The participants should not be asked to do something before they have been given an example or a model of the exercise or the process they should follow. They can then refer to this example as they do their own small group work.
  2. For example, if the small groups will be brainstorming, the trainer should start off the exercise by asking the entire group for one or two examples and writing what they say on the flipchart. Or, if the groups will be working with different case studies, the trainer should walk the group through the analytical process they should use with a brief model case study.

May your learning be sweet.


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