The choreography matters.
When you go to see a play – whether a local high school production or a Broadway musical – a lot of time, thought and rehearsals are devoted to where the actors will stand and how they will move across the stage. They don’t show up each night with a general idea of how they’ll approach the show. There is a very intentional plan for how the performance will proceed.
I spent the past few weeks reviewing my colleagues’ lesson plans. My biggest contribution has been to ask for more detail from them.
Here is an example of something I’ve seen a lot recently in lesson plans I’ve been reviewing:
|60 min.||Coaching – Application
Small group work
Large group de-brief
While I never advocate for a verbatim script in a lesson plan, I strongly suggest that instructions for each activity are spelled out in detail. For the example above, I have several questions:
- Does it matter how the small groups are created?
- Should supervisors be part of (or perhaps be intentionally separated from) their direct reports during this activity?
- To save time, should the facilitator simply assign groupings or is it ok for participants to spend several minutes breaking up into groups of their own choosing?
- When it comes to the observers, will they simply give general feedback or will there be a specific observation form they’ll use?
- When it comes to rotations, does it matter that groups of 4 will only have 15 minutes per rotation while groups of 3 will have 20 minutes per rotation?
- Will the large group discussion have any structure?
- Are there specific questions that should be asked during the large group de-brief?
When people take time out of their schedules to participate in a training session, we training professionals owe them a good show. Having a general idea of what we want to happen and then just “winging it” at the time of the presentation generally doesn’t make for a great show.
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