My colleague Donna Vaudrin and I had the opportunity to design and facilitate a series of three workshops for the facilitators who lead classes for the clients of King County's WorkSource programs.
The first workshop focused on a high-level view of a learning encounter, from pre-planning to graceful closings. I offered a way of thinking about the important differences between "presenting" and "facilitating," introduced the concept of Gracious Space, and led exercises through which participants identified and reflected on the diverse range of experiences and beliefs that their students bring with them into the classroom.
In the second workshop, we focused on faciltation strategies for managing difficult classroom dynamics.
In the third session, we focused on active learning strategies that engage students and enliven even the driest material.