Flip Chart Icebreaker Activity
Create Learner Resumes to Encourage Adult Learner Interaction
To dispel a perception that you are the only resource in the room as a facilitator in an adult learning session, have your learners participate in the following flipchart icebreaker activity – Create Learner Resumes to Encourage Adult Learner Interaction in which each person discloses personal background information.
To accomplish this, use an icebreaker flip chart activity:
- Give all participants a sheet of flip chart paper and colored marker.
- Have them put their name in 2” capital letters at the top of the sheet and then create two categories on the sheet (Experience and Education) with space under each section to write comments.
- Under each heading, have learners use bullet points to list any job title or education or training that they have related to the session topic and that others might be able to tap into through networking. For example, in a session on Effective Call Center Service, under “Experience,” they might list “Call Center Supervisor” or “Cashier Trainer” and under “Education” they might list “A.A. Degree in Customer Service” or “Attended How to Be a Great Call Center Representative workshop – 2015.”
- Hang these sheets around the room on the wall with painters/masking tape and allow learners time to walk around to study each for ten (10) minutes.
After everyone has time to review the sheets, have each person give a brief thirty second instruction giving their name, organization and one thing they hope to get out of the session.
Stress that through this icebreaker activity their peers have now become resources. Encourage learners to jot down the name(s) and expertise item(s) that might be valuable for them to tap for personal or for a workplace project in the future.
Through this simple activity, your adult learners have become actively engaged in the session, identified potentially valuable information, and tapped into what researchers call the neuroscience of learning (brain-based learning). This is accomplished through the use of sound, learner engagement, use of color (e.g. markers), movement, and tapping into previous experience and knowledge. All of these elements have been found to potentially stimulate brain neurons which can aid learners in better gaining, retaining, recalling and using information experienced. The activity also addressing all three learning styles or modalities (visual, auditory and kinesthetic).