One important aspect of a theory presentation is how we end the class. At the end of every class, lecture, demonstration or presentation, we need to review what we just covered. Typically, we do this with a simple Q&A. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using Q&A, as long as it is used periodically and every time we teach.
There are so many ways you can review the material and engage your students in the process.
Here is one idea.
Have each student write down their first name. Then give the students a few minutes to review the material and come up with one word from the topic that corresponds to each letter in their name.
For example. If we are covering Infection Control, here is what I would come up with my name Lisha.
L – Local Infection
I – Inflammation
S – Streptococci
H – HIV
A – Acquired Immunity
Next, have the student study their terms, get comfortable with the definition. Then have each student get up and share their words with the rest of the class, along with the definition. If your class is large, you might consider putting them in small groups of 5 to 7 people.
It is really the same as a Q&A, but the student is actively involved rather than just listening.
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.