Got a Minute? 60-Second Activities to Revisit Content

Got too much content to teach in too little time? Can’t stop for lengthy learning games because the important information you have to present takes up all the training time? No problem! Read on … 

timeHere are five short, quick ways to have learners revisit content in a minute or less.

1. Quick Think: Pause in your content-delivery and tell learners to think about what they’ve just heard. Give them about 15 seconds to do this (count the seconds – the silence will feel uncomfortable to you, at first). Then follow the Quick Think with one of the following activities:

2. Quick Talk: Direct learners to tell a person seated near them from 1 – 3 facts they just learned about the topic. Give them 45 – 60 seconds to do so. Then continue your content-delivery.

3. Quick Write: Give learners 45 – 60 seconds to write a short summary of what they have just learned. If you want to add another 15 seconds to the Quick Write, direct learners to read their summaries to someone seated near them.

4. Quick Stretch: Tell learners to stretch (either sitting or standing) to get more oxygen to their brains, and then follow the stretch with a Quick Talk or Quick Write. 

5. Quick Call Out: Have learners call out a pre-determined number of facts they’ve just learned about the topic. Accept all responses. If a response isn’t correct, say, “We’ll revisit that fact” and make a mental note to re-teach the information.  

There will be dozens more of these 60-second activities at the “Got a Minute?” and “Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick” Super Sessions   on March 19th – 20th 2015 in Sacramento, CA. Check out the “Warm-Ups” for the Super Sessions, and join us, if you can!


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