Considering your content
Some things to consider when you’re developing the theme and content for your session.
- Set out your expectations early
Setting the “rules of engagement” at the start of your session can go a long way towards lowering barriers and ensuring that your group feels there’s an open forum in which they can speak freely.
- Encourage discussion and active learning
Discussion must form part of your session with group or self-reflection a part of the session or encouraged by a teacher post session.
- Get your group to rehearse ideas
Allowing your group to rehearse how they would deal with certain situations can be very effective in term so arming your young people with practical ways to deal with real life situations.
- Allow for different learning styles
Be aware that everyone learns in different ways and that some young people may find presenting to group quite intimidating, may not feel comfortable with role play and may even find contributing to the group beyond them.
- Bring some stimulus
Most groups will respond well to some initial stimulus, which can help provoke discussion.
- Set a theme
It’s a good idea to set a theme for your session such as “distraction” or “speed”. The topic can then inform all of your planned activity and allow real engagement.
This section will further help you consider the content to include in your session. It covers your audience, Curriculum for Excellence, delivery styles, and how to involve your participants.