Posted By MatthewWoodford
Posted on: June 21, 2016

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Facilitating with Children and Young People: Ways of Working.

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It doesn’t matter how good the content is, if a workshop isn’t presented in a structured way – where everybody knows what is expected of them – exercises will not reach their potential. I learned the following Ways of Working when delivering workshops for the Old Vic – and haven’t look back since.

Setting these instructions up at the beginning, and sticking to them right to the end, ensures your workshop is well structured, and delivered in the most effective way possible.

3..2…1 Freeze! –  As the standard instruction when you need participants’ attention. Wait until everybody has stopped and quiet what they’re doing before giving any further instructions.

When I say ‘Go’ – Always start an exercise by saying ‘Go’ so that participants have a clear signal (For example, ‘When I say go [explain exercise]. Go.’)

Putting hands up – This is allows every participant to have an active voice within workshops (even when working with community groups or sixth form classes)

Waiting for quiet – Make sure everyone is silent when communicating important instructions. Never speak over participants: how many facilitators have ended a week-long residency with no voice left? Be bold and wait for silence.

Timekeeping – ensure the group have clear timings for each exercise before they begin, reinforced throughout the workshop through timing countdowns.

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