HIGH SPEED REVIEWING
How to review a lot in a short time
CREATIVE THINKING about END OF COURSE REVIEWS
This page works in three ways:
- You can simply use it a list of ideas for reviewing a lot in a short time.
- If you have come from the 'Millennium Madness' page, you will realise that this page is part 2 of a creative process. [Each 'Millennium version' link will take you back to the original idea.]
- You are welcome to play this creative game too! Please write in with your own ideas (large or small) to help build this resource. Send an email to
TWO MINUTE WALK
Groups of 2 or 3 walk from one side of the stage (or space) to the other. This journey represents the whole learning event that is being reviewed. First agree exactly when and where the journey begins (anticipation of the event? preparation for the event? the actual start of the event?) Each group has two minutes to complete the journey. They pause at 3, 4 or 5 points on their journey to illustrate a key moment. If three people are working together, one can be a narrator.
1000 YEARS OF COMMUNICATION
A SHORT HISTORY OF COMMUNICATION
As for the 'TWO MINUTE WALK' above, but focusing on how communication changed during the life of your group. Pick out key moments to illustrate these changes.
1000 YEARS OF *NOT* LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
*NOT* LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
The group brainstorms experiences during the course from which more should have been learned. Each item is put into a hat. A representative from each sub-group picks an item from the hat. The group have a few minutes to prepare for the re-enactment of their example of *not* learning. This process may be too controversial for using near the end of a course. By highlighting missed learning opportunities, opportunities for learning are re-opened. Scope for humility and humour.
1000 YEARS OF LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE: RECORDED HIGHLIGHTS
Same as above but without the 'not'. For more ideas about end of course 'action replays' click here
1000 YEARS OF DAILY CHORES
A VOTE OF THANKS
A group will often benefit from highlighting the 'little' things that go un-noticed. A Vote of Thanks is a fun way of showing this appreciation - and including everyone.
MY FAVOURITE CENTURY
Each individual highlights treasured moments that they want to remember and carry with them. These might be funny, profound or both. If individuals are each choosing similar 'moments', you can encourage a more varied response by using a few rounds to introduce new angles.
It is important that people don't stifle their cynicism (or doubts) for a whole course.
This will undermine the potential value of the course - for all involved. Gestalt exercises such as the 'empty chair' provide a useful means of exploring doubts and uncertainties. A more sociable and enjoyable way to explore uncertainties is through Revolver. (But this may need to be followed by individual work.)
'GIFTS' and a 'ROSE TINTED REPLAY'
A Gifts exercise brings out contributions from others that deserve attention and acknowledgement.
A Rose-Tinted Action Replay is a chance for the whole group to place a 'positive spin' on the experiences they have shared together. This will be an entertaining mix of fact and fiction. On the serious side, groups or individuals that tend to see events as 'total success' or 'total failure' can use 'creative re-enactment' to discover a more balanced and optimistic view of events.
For more reviewing ideas about highlighting, using and appreciating success click here
[Same title. Different exercise.]
In sub-groups, choose an event during this course that (with the benefit of hindsight) you wish had turned out differently. 1) Act out how it actually happened. 2) Act out how you wish it had happened 3) Act out how you will apply your learning from this experience to a future event. This can be a group exercise or an individual exercise - using others as and when needed.
TOMORROW / NEXT WEEK / NEXT MONTH / NEXT TIME ...
[Same text as for 'Next Millennium'] Project any of the above review activities into the future - in the form of hopes, dreams, jokes or predictions.
THE COMPLETE MILLENNIUM MUSICAL (abridged)
GO ON TOUR ... WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE
Going 'on tour' is not really a time-saving technique, but is more to do with the transfer of learning. On return to work (or back in the home community)
course participants entertain and inform others about their recent experiences and their future plans.
Going 'on tour' with a live performance will have
far more impact than circulating a report or writing for the company or community newsletter. See Sharing Learning for more ideas about using drama to
spread the news after a training course.
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If you would first like some help to get your creative juices going, take a look at www.brainstorming.co.uk where you will find a comprehensive list of websites about creative thinking, rated for design and content, together with brief site reviews.
A more direct way of learning how to review a lot in a short time (and other reviewing skills) is to enquire about reviewing skills training workshops with Roger Greenaway - possibly the best idea on this page! :-)