Certificate IV in Training and Education TAE 40110 Brisbane
- April 24, 2013
- Posted by: Jessica
- Category: Rose Training Blog
Can using icebreakers in the Certificate IV TAE increase student engagement?
Rose Training Australia – TAE training that really breaks the ice!
“Hi. How are you?”
“Great. Thanks. Yeah…”
*Awkward silence ensues*
We’ve all been there. And it’s terrifying.
Now multiply that fear by 12 and you can begin to imagine what it’s like to be in a training room of adults where everyone is feeling just a little bit frosty. Even the most well versed of Vocational Education specialists can relate to this feeling.
CEO of Rose Training Australia, Gary Rose been involved in vocational education (particularly training and education) for many years. He lets us in on a secret: we’re all really inhibited by our perceived boundaries. He asks us to consider the following scenario:
Have you ever sat at a park and just watched how kids interact? (I mean, I hope not because that’s kind of creepy.) But if you did, here’s what you would find: Bold imagination, wild creativity, optimism and above all, warmth. What is it about ‘growing up’ that makes us lose this? Let’s talk about how to claim it back in your TAE classroom: icebreaking.
It’s true; the outwardly futile act of ‘playing a game’ in a vocational education setting can be the difference between that awkward silence, and fostering an inclusive training room environment.
The purpose of the humble icebreaker is multi-tiered:
- Turn your Training and Education class from individuals into a team. A great deal of emphasis is put on inclusivity in the TAE Certificate IV. Nothing is more inclusive and supportive than team building.
- Allow the participants to get to know each other, enabling them to drop their guard, open their mind and have fun. People learn better when they enjoy their time in the classroom – Training and education has got to be fun.
- Your team immediately becomes more inclined to positively contribute, listen and engage in the classroom.
- Sit back and watch how your class is interacting. Listen to their conversations. A huge part of training and education is knowing what makes them tick, and working with it.
Rose Training has Training and Education students from thousands of walks of life, with wide
ranging prior qualifications, interests, experiences and ambitions. These traits and characteristics are often referred to as ‘ice’. Using simple techniques, it is possible to develop icebreakers that level the playing field, create a common sense of purpose for the group and make people comfortable and willing to contribute.
In my next blog about Training and Education I will discuss the difference between what we know as an icebreaker, compared to warm ups and energisers.
Rose Training has upcoming TAE40110 Courses beginning on:
- May 7 – TAE40110 Block course
- May 21 – TAE40110 Tuesday evening course
- May 27 – TAE40110 BSZ – TAE upgrade course
- June 3 – TAE40110 Block course
- June 24 – TAE40110 Block course