- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (December 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787996629
- ISBN-13: 978-0787996628
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Training From the Back of the Room!: 65 Ways to Step Aside and Let Them Learn 1st Edition
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Training from the Back of the Room!
From Sharon L. Bowman, the author of the best-selling The Ten-Minute Trainer, comes the dynamic new book, Training from the BACK of the Room! This innovative resource introduces 65 training strategies that are guaranteed to deliver outstanding training results no matter what the topic, group, or learning environment may be. Now, trainers can replace the traditional "Trainers talk; learners listen" paradigm with a radical new model for designing and delivering instruction: "When learners talk and teach, they learn."
The author's four-step instructional design and delivery process involves learners every step of the way. Designed to be user-friendly, Training from the BACK of the Room! is filled with definitions, descriptions, and practical training strategies for each of the 4 Cs:
Connections—Fifteen opening activities that connect learners to the topic, to each other, and to what they want and need to learn.
Concepts—Twenty strategies that engage and involve learners during the lecture or "direct instruction" training segment.
Concrete Practice—Fifteen strategies in which learners actively review content and practice skills.
Conclusions—Fifteen learner-led summaries, evaluations, and celebration activities.
In addition, the book offers "nice-to-know" information that will add to what you have learned: the secret about adult learning theory, a new way to write learning outcomes, The World Cafe, tips for interactive e-learning, and other useful resources to expand your learning adventure.
"This is a great book—one I will gladly own, share, and recommend to others. It should be required reading for all learning professionals. The writing style is light, breezy, peer-to-peer, informative, and enjoyable. It is a fabulous addition to the current literature on teaching and learning."
—Lenn Millbower, The Learnertainment Trainer and author, Training with a Beat
About the Author
Sharon L. Bowman has been a professional speaker, author, teacher, and trainer for over thirty years. She is the author of six popular books on training including The Ten-Minute Trainer from Pfeiffer, and is a regular speaker at many national conferences.
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Connections is the first "C" and it contains 15 opening activities that connect learners to the topic.(This is critical as it has been shown that we remember the first and last things more than anything else in between).
In her second "C" concepts, she cites 20 strategies "to engage and involve learners" during the, and I won't say it, I won't--l-e-c-t-u-r-e. These strategies emphasize learner feedback and activity that is anything but sitting still or remaining silent. Ms. Bowman believes that if you must lecture, it should be kept to 15 minutes tops, and then making the learners active.
Her third "C" is what separates training from education. (Education calls it lab). She calls it Concrete Practice. (She had to add this C for obvious reasons--"The Three C's and a P" doesn't sound quite as catchy). Ms. Bowman realizes as any training specialist does that without practice you only have a seminar, and that practice that is not aimed at accomplishing learner outcomes (objectives) is equally worthless. Here she offers 15 strategies for learners to practice and review what they have learned.
The fourth "C" is conclusions and these include 15 strategies for participants to lead in their summaries, evaluations, and celebration activities.
Training from the back of the room is just that--you might lead the training, but you make the training participant-centered. Making the learners active is what makes them learn.
This book is practical, well-written and will have a high impact in any classroom, and I have seen the results having just trained a number of law enforcement officers to become instructors using these principles. They are highly motivated and intent on using their new found skills in their classrooms.
I recommend that you use these strategies in yours.
This book is truly life changing for me as I suspect it will be for others. The techniques seem odd at times, but the ones I have used have been extremely effective. Class participants engage in ways I never thought possible.
I don't think I have ever written a review on Amazon before, but this one is worthy of high praise so I took the plunge!