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Action Plan BINGO (ACTION PLAN)


Action Plan BINGO CardTime

Varies – to be used throughout a workshop or other learning event and then debriefed at the end.  The debrief should last approximately 30 minutes.

 

Purpose

This activity helps participants to create an action plan of things they want to do as a result of their learning.  It does it in a fun way by making it into a BINGO game and gets peer feedback on how realistic and actionable the plans are.

 

Materials

  • Copies of the file, “Action Plan BINGO – Cards.” (You can find this file on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com.  You will need one copy per participant.)
  • Small prizes for BINGOs.  It is possible and even desirable for participants to get more than one BINGO, so you should probably have an average of three prizes per participant just in case.  Candies or other small items work well for this.

 

Preparation

  • Print copies of the file “Action Plan BINGO – Cards” for each participant.

 

Procedure

(follow this script, or modify to suit your needs)

  • (At the beginning of the learning event or workshop) “We’re going to play a game during this workshop that will help you to develop a strong plan for using what you learn after you leave.)
  • “It’s called, ‘Action Plan BINGO.”  (Hand out BINGO cards to each participant.)
  • “There are 25 spaces on this BINGO card.”
  • “The goal of this game is to write one action in each box.”
  • “These are actions you plan to take when you return to work.”
  • “The one in the middle is a ‘Grace Space,’ which means that you get it for free and don’t have to put any action items in it for it to count.”
  • “Anytime you think of an action you want to take as a result of what you are learning, write it in one of the boxes.”
  • “Make sure it is clear, realistic and some that will help you be more effective.” (You may want to have them write in SMART goals in each box.  These would be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound.)
  • “At the end of the workshop, I will give your table group an opportunity to share their actions with each other.“
  • “When you share, your tablemates will give you an up or down vote (i.e., thumbs up or thumbs down) on each action as feedback on how realistic and actionable it is.”
  • “If you get a majority of ‘up-votes’ from your peers, the action item is approved, and you can count it.”
  • “If you get a majority of ‘down-votes,’ you can still do it, but it won’t count toward a BINGO.  You should put an ‘X’ in the corner of the box.”
  • “If you get five ideas approved in any row, column or diagonal, you will win a PRIZE!”
  • “Rows, columns or diagonals with the Grace Space in them still count.” (Answer any questions about the game.  Remind them to add action items periodically throughout the learning event.  At the end of the event, reserve 30 minutes for them to follow the up-down voting process that you described.  Award prizes for every BINGO that they make.  I recommend saving prize-giving until after the complete review has been done, but you might encourage them to shout “BINGO!!!” whenever they get five in a row.  NOTE: sometimes the same action item can count for multiple BINGOs.  It might count horizontally, vertically and diagonally.)

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Heart, Head, Hands (REVIEW)


Time

10-15 minutes
Audience

Children, youth, adults

 

Description

This is a simple review process that you can use in almost any situation.  Participants first talk about how they feel about what they just experienced (HEART), then about what they learned (HEAD), and finally about what they are going to do as a result of what they experienced and learned (HANDS).  You can have the participants discuss this is groups, or you can do a facilitated discussion.

 

Materials

  • None

 

Preparation

  • Practice the script.

 

Procedure

Use the following script and instructions (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “Let’s review what you’ve just experienced.”
  • “We will use a simple process, called ‘Heart, Head, Hands.’”
  • “First, I would like you to share how you feel about the experience.  That’s the HEART part.”
  • “Then, I want you to discuss what you learned from it.  That’s the HEAD part.”
  • “Finally, discuss what you will do as a result of what you experienced and what you learned.  That’s the HANDS part.”
  • “HEART, HEAD, HANDS is just a simple way to help you remember the process for the debrief.”
  • “Does anyone have any questions about what we are about to do?” (Answer any questions.  Then, let them discuss the three aspects of the debrief.  Finish with a large-group debrief and ask for volunteers to share any insights or commitments that they made.)

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Review Dice (REVIEW)


Time

10-15 minutes

Audience

Children, youth, adults

Description

This review activity uses dice to debrief just about any learning exercise.  Each die has six questions on it (e.g., “What did you learn?” or “What questions do you still have?”)  Use the dice as a fun way to have participants think about what they learned from different perspectives.  They can be used over and over, and participants will still have a unique experience as they roll different questions in different situations.

Materials

  • Blank foam dice that you can write on with a marker (one per group)  You can usually find this type of supply at a teachers’ supply store or craft store.
  • (Alternative) Print out of the die pattern at the end of this lesson.  If you use this approach, you will need a cutting tool and some glue (or clear, plastic tape) to assemble your dice.

 

Preparation

  • Prepare your dice. (You do this by writing questions on the foam dice or by printing out the die pattern and assembling the dice provided at the end of this lesson.  Feel free to change the questions.)
  • Practice the script.

Procedure

Use the following script and instructions (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “To review what we’ve talked about today, we are going to use these Review Dice.” (Show one of the die.)
  • “Each table has a one.”
  • “Each person in your group will roll the die and take a turn answering the question that it lands on.”
  • “Go around the group and have each person roll the die and answer a question.”
  • (Allow them to begin.  After everyone has answered their question, you might want to ask a few participants to share insights with you from the activity.)

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Review Chips (REVIEW)


Time

20 minutes
Audience

Children, youth, adults

 

Description

This review activity uses Learning Chips from Kagan (www.kaganonline.com) to debrief just about any learning exercise.  Each chip (similar to a poker chip) has a question on it (e.g., “What did you learn that was new?” or “What questions do you still have?”)  Use the chips as a fun way to have participants think about what they learned from different perspectives.  They can be used over and over, and participants will still have a unique experience as they get different chips with different situations.

Kagan offers learning chips with different themes, like “Teambuilding,” “Lesson Review,” “Story Discussion,” “Reading Comprehension,” “Interview,” or “Discussion.”

 

Materials

  • Set of Learning Chips for each group of participants (There are 16 chips in a package, and you can purchase one package online for $5 or eight packages for $29.)

 

Preparation

  • Practice the script.

 

Procedure

Use the following script and instructions (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “To review what we’ve talked about today, we are going to use these Learning Chips.”
  • “Each table has a set.”
  • “Please open up the container, and pass a chip to each person in your group.”
  • “Now, go around the group and have each person answer the question on your chip.”
  • “If for any reason, you cannot answer the question, you have to trade your chip in and get another one that you can answer.”  (After everyone has answered their question, you might want to ask a few participants to share insights with you from the activity.)

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Alphabet Review (REVIEW)


Time
20 minutes

Audience

Children, youth, adults

Description

This review activity tests the participants’ creativity while helping them remember 26 things about the learning.

Materials

  • Sheets of paper (one per participant or team)
  • Pens (one per participant or team)
  • Prize(s) for the “winner(s)” (optional)

Preparation

  • Practice the script.

Procedure

Use the following script and instructions (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “To review what we’ve talked about today, I would like for everyone to pull out a blank sheet of paper.”  (Or you could hand out the paper and pens.  You can also group participants into teams of 2-4 for this activity.  In that case, each team will need to select a scribe, who will keep track of the A-Z list.)
  • “In the left margin of your paper, write the letters of the alphabet going straight down the page.”  (It’s okay for them to make a second column of letters if they don’t have enough room.)
  • “I’m going to give you ten minutes to come up a list of things we’ve talked about.”
  • “The trick is, you have to find things that start with each letter of the alphabet.”
  • “For example, for ‘A,’ you might write down ‘Asking Jesus into your heart.’”  (Or make up your own example from the content of your lesson/training.)
  • “You might have to be very creative to find learnings that will fit with ‘Q,’ ‘X,’ and ‘Z,’ but I have confidence in you that you will come up with something.”
  • “Does anyone have any questions?”  (Answer questions; then tell them to start.  Allow 10 minutes for completion.  At the end of 10 minutes, have them trade their paper with another participant/team.  That person/team should review the list and circle any that are questionable.  The facilitator will be the final judge as to whether or not these are admissible.  After disputes have been settled, the person/team gets one point for every letter with an admissible example.  The person/team with the most points wins.  Award a prize if you like.)

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