Teaching: Best practices
Here are some best practices to consider before, during, and after the presentation:
- Communicate clearly when and where the presentation is taking place.
- Prepare teaching materials:
- Download the video onto your computer and watch it all the way through.
- Read the discussion guides for all three parts.
- Print handouts ahead of time—worksheets and one infographic (see Part 2).
- Arrive early and set up:
- Ensure AV equipment is present, plugged in, and functioning properly.
- Arrange seating in circle, if possible, to encourage discussion.
- Have pens available for people to take notes and complete writing activities.
- Start the video in full-screen mode and PAUSE it on the opening title for Part 1.
- Add energy to the room.
- Be friendly, positive, and enthusiastic.
- Trust the material and your intuition.
- Follow the organization and activities outlined in the research-based discussion guides while being yourself and considering the needs of your group. Share personal experiences that enrich and illustrate critical principles.
- Sit with the group, if possible.
- Larger groups may require you to stand.
- Encourage discussion.
- Create a safe environment where people can be honest and candid.
- Thank participants for comments.
- Help as many people as possible participate.
- Don’t allow one person to dominate the conversation.
- Manage time.
- Emphasize the invitations to act.
- Right after you present, text Facilitator to 385-444-2325 and take brief survey.
- Review what went well and what can be improved for your next presentation.
- Congratulate yourself for the efforts you’ve made to improve your community!