Three Ways to Get Adult Learners Back from Breaks on Time
Getting adult learners to return from breaks and meals on time can sometimes be a challenge. This can be frustrating for you and the others who have returned as scheduled. However, it does not have to be that way. If you take some lessons learned by brain researchers on how the brain works best in a learning environment and adult learning theory, you can increase the opportunity to better engage your learners. Build in a bit of fun and novelty to your program design. Doing this can enhance the potential to better attract, engage, and hold learner attention through the session.
Three Ways to Get Adult Learners Back from Breaks on Time by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas
- Use what newscasters have been doing for decades. Employ a teaser like, “Following our break, I am going to provide those of you who are back with one dynamic technique that will allow you to increase your production/effectiveness by 10% in the area of ….” Use this strategy exactly at the scheduled restart time and do not repeat it for those who show up late. In doing this, you provide an intangible incentive to be back on time.
- Prepare a fun activity (e.g. crossword or trivia puzzle) that you announce will be on their chairs when they return. The first person getting the most correct answers within five minutes of the restart time, get s a prize.
- Do something special after each break. For example, tell a humorous story, joke, or share a work-related trip or perform a magic trick that ties to session content. Those not present, miss out on the information.
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