Toys and games are fun, and the competition encourages students to do better ... Things to keep in mind When / If you use Toys in the Classroom: ...
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JoAnne L. Christian, EMT
EMS Training Entity Course Coordinator
CMH Community Educator
List the methods of motivating the adult learner
Discuss alternative teaching methods in EMS education
Discuss the role of toys and games in improving retention of EMS knowledge.
Discuss utilizing “adjunct” Instructors.
List the methods of creating Great Question & Answer sessionsObjectives
EMS Instructors should make the learning process “active”.
- Students gain knowledge of facts as well as improving their decision making skills.
- Emotions tend to run high during games, and information related to strong emotions is more easily remembered.
- Students show an increased interest and enthusiasm towards learning when games are used.
- Students will put more effort into games than a ordinary class session.
- Attitude improves, as does self-confidence.
- Toys and games are fun, and the competition encourages students to do better than their peers.
Knowledge Bowl (Played like Jeopardy)
Petroleum Jelly on Glasses (Glaucoma / Cataracts)
Scene Size-up (With Matchbox cars & and “Town” Carpets)
Toy Gun / Knife (Scene Safety)
What’s missing or How do ya’ fix that scenariosSome ideas:
Nerds candy (Works well for the “Knowledge Bowl”
Matchbox Ambulances or Rescue Heliocopters
Anything with EMS on it… Pencils, Pens, Lapel pins, Stethoscope Tags
Pez Dispensers (I’m not sure why, but these usually go over very well)
Award Bonus or Team pointsSome ideas for Prizes & Rewards:
Make Eye Contact when answering a students question.
Laugh ! Health studies suggest that laughter lowers stress and blood pressure, enhances circulation, improves the immune system, and releases chemicals that produce a calming effect.Your Attitude Counts:
Agree on who will be teaching what.
Identify a “Lead” Instructor
Decide how the back-up instructors should indicate their desire to contribute or intervene.
Don’t be a “know-it or Seen-it all”, and don’t comment on every subject.Playing “nice” with other Instructors:
Plan an interactive scenario full of action.
Schedule a “Round” table discussion & allow positive debate.
Allow snacks (Anatomy snacks are fun, as long as you have control of the “body part”). Make snack time separate from classtime.
Try to present for awhile (45 min-1 Hr), and practice awhile.Wake ‘em Up :
Ask open-ended questions to generate conversation.
Pause & Wait for answers (5-7 sec)
Be fair; Don’t ask a question that you haven’t equipped your students to answer.
Compose questions that you might ask if you were in the students shoes.Creating GREAT Questions:
Make sure that the equipment works.
Know how to perform the skill …. Very well.
Understand why the equipment is used.
If you have not attended National Registry or State testing in awhile, find someone who has. Their assistance with skills training is invaluable.When Teaching a Skills Lab:
Citizens Memorial Hospital
EMS Training Entity