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!