Learners create questions at the beginning that classmates answer at the end

At the beginning of a program, give everyone an index card and ask them to write a question they would like to have answered in the program. Then pass around a hat and, as people introduce themselves, have them put their card in the hat. (They can read their question aloud if they choose).

Then later in the program, perhaps near the end, pass the hat around again. Ask each learner to take a card. After everyone has picked a card, tell them that they each have to answer their question for the class. Give them a few minutes to research the answer if necessary.

Being able to answer questions that couldn't be answered at the start shows learners how much they have learned in the program.

(November/December 1998 issue)