One of the biggest problems with orientation programs (especially long orientation programs) is that it is unclear how all of the information fits together. If your learner has to make up their own connections, they will waste a lot of their limited memory space doing so, and learn less. Or they might not bother, and remember very little.
One easy way to help them pull it all together is to pick a key narrative that links your blocks. Key narratives are example families, clients, situations, or staff members (depending on who your learners will be working with) that are realistic to what they can expect on the job. Pick an example that is in the middle of the spectrum – not too difficult, but also not too simple.
For example, when teaching wraparound practitioners how to do wraparound, we used one example family for explaining how new points or skills worked, and one activity family for the learners to practice on. They became invested in these families – remembering their details and have a richer learning experience. They also had a common narrative to help them remember how strengths-based planning, the SNCD, and transition indicators all fit together.
A consistent example/activity family or client is a great tool if your learners will be working with clients or families. If not – who or what will they be working with? It is worth the extra effort to make one well rounded, realistic unit to work with.
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