By Debra Christopher, MSM | December 10, 2014
This activity was developed as a closing activity for participants attending last September’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) Training Crafting Trainings That Work for All Adult Learners. We got so many positive comments about it, we wanted to share it here.
Title: Pledge, Boogie & Own It!
Purpose: To stamp key learning into memory, cross-pollinate ideas with others, and set up a post-training network—not to mention firing people up with plenty of physical movement!
Best Used: At the culmination of a learning session.
Materials: Some great boogie music. We like “Boogie Shoes” by K.C. and the Sunshine Band (“I wanna put on my my my my my boogie shoes.”)
“Think about personal behaviors or thoughts that might be creating barriers to implementing best practices in your work. Then identify behaviors or thoughts that can strengthen your approach and help you overcome barriers.”
Give participants a minute or two to think this over. It’s fine if people want to jot down notes.
Give them a format to use to construct their pledge. We suggest writing the following template out on butcher paper or board:
By (date about 1 month in future), I will:
Play boogie music for the appropriate period of time. As pairs finish up their conversations, move to Step 4.
Again, play boogie music for an appropriate period of time.
Your turn! What ideas do you have for reinforcing learning and creating post-event networks? Contact ETR and let us know. With your permission, we will pass them along.
Debra Christopher, MSM, is Director of Professional and Organizational Development Services at ETR. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.