Design Intentional Activities and Tasks
Once the facilitator succeeded in stirring up students’ curiosity and interests, the facilitator may now focus on the students’ ability to create and apply what they have learned. This might be an added workload to a facilitator, yet ideas are everywhere. If you don’t where to start, we’ve got some tips to give you.
Strong Task: Give The Students A Voice
A strong task allows students to explore and do what they think is best. As a facilitator, your role is to be an observer. Let them write the story, make twists, and more. Let their creative juices flowing. For example, after completing the goal of the task, allow students to continue the task with the changes they want to make. Let’s say they are working on a programming project, instruct the students to improve the program, integrate design ideas, and even change the flow of the program. They’ll be competitive enough to create a tech blog.
Hard Fun Task: Challenging Yet Entertaining Tasks
This type of task will need your personal touch just like how much effort you spend to save money on electronics. Skit activities are a good example of this type of task, as students need to direct the skit, write scripts, and connect their skit to the topic. This is hard, yet fun, as they work in groups. We’re sure that you had this kind of activity when you were young.
Mind Task: Developing The Habits of The Mind
Pattern recognition, supposition, and looking for connections are natural responses of the brain. Mind task develops these natural responses of the brain by stimulating the mind to think. Students of medicine have to learn difficult terminologies. They are hard to retain. But when facilitators ask their students to connect those difficult terminologies to a more recognizable image, memorizing terminologies becomes easier. Pattern recognition activities also help in developing the students’ ability to understand new concepts. Our brain is like the muscles, it has to be trained.