Trainer Tips

Generic Training Outline: ADraft Three hour training Schedule
  • 20 minutes - Ice Breaker, Norms, Purpose of training
  • 25 minutes - Overview of kit/Connections to HISD curriculum documents
  • 45 minutes - Signature Lesson
  • 45 minutes - Group Work on selected lessons
  • 45 minutes - Curricular Connections & Housekeeping (how to check out a kit, FAQ's)
Tips about Training
 These tips come from your fellow trainers - read and see what works for you!
  • Make sure you check if your particpants have worked with FOSS, DSM or STC before.  This way you can explain it or gloss over the details and continue.
  • Survey if the participants have used kits before.
  • Have the participants do the activities as much as possible - the more hands-on, the better.
  • Start on time if possible - we know 4:00 is a little difficult, but respecting those on time is great.
  • Distribute the evaluation toward the beginning or middle of the training.  That way people can jot down their actual thoughts instead of scrambling at the end.
  • Snacks do help!
  • If you have student work to support the kit you are training on, display/share copies of it with participants. 
  • Reflecting on the objectives at the end of the training also works to help tie back into what works in the classroom.
  • Make sure you share how to check out the kit!
Starting off with participants meeting each other allows for a more relaxed and production workshop.  If the particpants are not all from the same school,it is a good idea for each person to simply introduce themself by name, school and grade level.
Then move into a activity to get them talking to each other and "break the ice!"  This should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your presentation.
These are some Icebreaker suggestions:
  • Penny for Your Thoughts - Have participants pick a penny from a bag.  After everyone has their penny, have them read the number it was minted and then think of something they were doing that year. Then have them share that memory with another participant.  Materials needed: One penny for each participant.  
  • Four Corners - This activity has many variations. Here are a few:
    • Put a picture of a different animal in each corner of the training room.  Have the participants look at each of the pictures and then choose one animal that best describes:
        • How they feel about their summer vacation so far 
        • Which animal best describes your science program/instruction?
      • Participants stand in the corner next to the picture they selected.  They discuss why they chose that picture with other people in their corner.  Then a few of the participants share with the whole group. 
    •  Put a different landscape picture in each corner.  Repeat as above, but question can be changed to:
        • Which place would you most like to visit and why?
        • Which picture best describes what your classroom was like today?
    • Materials needed: Four different pictures of animals or landscapes.  (pictures attached below)
  • Round the Clock - The icebreaker part of this activity is the set-up.  Participants use a clock on this sheet to arrange partners for each "time" (See sheet).  At intervals in the training that require participant peer discussion, you can direct the group to find their "__ o'clock" partner to talk with.  Two clocks per page, so copy and cut in half for your training.

Teresa Phillips,
Jul 14, 2010, 8:11 PM