Planning Your Session
As you plan your session, be sure to incorporate many opportunities for discussion and activity. A general rule of thumb is that the facilitator should speak for no more than 10-15 minutes without giving participants a way to actively participate in the learning process through discussion, exploration, or other activity (asking “any questions?” does not count as a participatory activity!).
Facilitators sometimes tend to revert to their own school experiences by viewing their role as the “sage on the stage”, and see themselves as having value only by sharing their expertise. This is not enough, however, for adults to learn. Adults need to be actively involved in the learning process so that they have a chance to think through the ways that a topic applies to their daily work life, and get an extraordinary amount of value from discussing topics with their colleagues to gain perspectives from their peers.
For more on this topic, check out this article.
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