Here’s a quick list of things to remember when using accelerated learning techniques to teach The Money Game® to any group of kids, teens or adults. Of course, these apply to any topic and any group of learners!
When doing your Presentations, think About:
- Marital status
- Group dynamic
- Socio-economic demographic
Use the information on the above to help determine the type of enrolling questions you ask. Remember to have AT LEAST two enrolling questions to begin every section.
Think about the type of music you will need to use for each activity you have planned. Is it an upbeat activity? Is it a more internal, self-reflective process? Choose your music accordingly. Also, be sure to always turn the music off or way down when you need to address the group for clarification or further instructions.
Props, jokes, role-playing
These techniques make the difference between education and edutainment. The more involved you get can the audience and the more you make them want to watch you instead of their cell phones, the better the presentation will be and the more learning will happen.
This technique not only gets them repeating important concepts, it is a good gauge of how well your participants are paying attention. It keeps them engaged and is a cue that they need to stay engaged.
Questions (to HOOK the mind)
What does your brain naturally want to do when you hear a question? Does it want to answer it? Don’t you think that is much more effective than telling them the answer? Has the point been made?
Ask, don’t tell
This is an extension of the point above. Your participants are very smart. In fact, they may know most of the answers to your questions. Your job is to ask the right questions. By asking leading questions instead of telling them the answer, you compartmentalize and give context the information they may already know.
Anytime you are planning a lesson to teach anyone anything, quickly go over this list and see what you can add to your presentation to make it sizzle. Then go change some lives!