Tools for Teaching Navigation
Tools for Teaching: Introduction
Facilitation Skills: The art of group facilitation
Teaching and Presentation Skills: Keep these techniques in mind
Tips for Programs: Practical examples and resources
3. Building a Rich Body
Checking for Understanding
It is important to check for understanding – to be sure that your message is understood. It can take the form of very simple strategies including:
- Asking participants questions and tying their responses back into the presentation.
- Asking them to give examples of how they would apply an idea.
- Studying their nonverbal language (looks of uncertainty, agreement).
- Having participants turn to their neighbor and summarize what you just said.
It’s not what is taught but what’s caught. (Morrisey, 1997)
Morrisey, G.L., Sechrest, T.L., & Warman, W.B. (1997). Loud and clear: How to prepare and deliver effective business and technical presentations . Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.
Adapted with permission from Soil and Water Conservation District Outreach: A Handbook for Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation. Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Soil and Water Conservation, 2003.