Energizing Training Review Activity – Verbal Volleyball
Content review activities that engage participants and challenge them to recall key concepts learned tie to brain-based learning research that shows repetition, novelty, and fun can help stimulate brain neurons. This helps learners gain, retain, recall, and use what they experience in a learning event. Adult learners potentially improve their learning potential through the use of such activities.
This activity (Verbal Volleyball) not only engages learners and provides recognition for what they accomplish, but also adds brain-based learning elements like sound, motion, emotion, fun, and repetition to the learning environment.
Time Required: 10 Minutes
Purpose: To provide an opportunity for learners to review key concepts learned during the session and celebrate their learning.
Objective(s): Through the use of an end of session review activity, the facilitator will be able to:
- Actively engage learners in a review of key session concepts;
- Allow for the individual celebration of learning.
Group Size: Up to twenty-four (24)
- Form pairs of learners;
- Have partners face one another:
- Explain that they are going to play “verbal volleyball” in which they will review as many key concepts from the session as they can remember;
- Tell learners to decide who will start;
- When ready to begin, shout “GO” and the learner designated to start will shout out any key concept, idea, or issue covered during the session;
- Partners will then shout out a different concept, idea or issue and they will continue volleying the concepts back and forth until they run out of ideas;
- Explain that they cannot repeat a concept, idea or issue already said by their partner;
- Once it seems that learners are running out of the idea, shout a thirty (30) second warning and at the end of that time, sound a noisemaker to indicate time has elapsed;
- Have everyone give a “high five” (fingers extended and joined and slapping palms in the air above their head with their partner) for their accomplishment.
Ask: What do you think some of the most important or beneficial concepts, ideas, or issues we learned today were? Why?
- Go around the room and have each learner tell one key concept, idea, or issue that they experienced and how they will be able to use it on the job or in another environment;
- Answer any questions learners have about session content;
- Have everyone give a round of applause for their efforts.
Instead of using this as an end of session activity, you can also use it as an interim review.
Noisemaker (e.g. cowbell, Chinese gong, slide whistle, or bicycle horn)
Possible Topic Application:
Any session in which you desire to review key concepts.
Why It Is Brain-Based:
- Engages learners mentally and physically;
- Causes learners to access memory and recall data;
- Adds a bit of novelty and fun to a review;
- Appeals to kinesthetic learners;
- Adds sound to the learning environment.
SOURCE: Creative Learning: Activities and Games That Really Engage People by Robert W. Lucas
About This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas
Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Further, Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.