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What approaches would you use?

What Verbal Communication, Questioning and Listening Techniques do you want to use when delivering a STEM Activity? Choose one of the below scenarios, or come up with one yourself and describe which techniques you would use and why.

Scenario 1

You are working with a group of 4 young people who are doing a project that lasts 4 months. This is your first meeting and you are establishing what they’ve done so far and what they need to do. What verbal communication, questioning and listening techniques would you use to approach this conversation?

Scenario 2

You are delivering a hands on activity with 12-13 year olds at an after school STEM club. You need to get everyone’s attention. What verbal communication, questioning and listening techniques could you use to do this?

Scenario 3

You are delivering a hands on activity with 6-7 year olds in a village hall for brownies. You need to get everyone’s attention. What verbal communication, questioning and listening techniques would you use to do this?

Scenario 4

You are doing a ‘guess my job’ careers talk for a class of 15-16 year olds. The young people aren’t asking very many questions about your job and there are awkward silences. How could you give them some help without doing the activity for them? What verbal communication, questioning and listening techniques would you use to do this?

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In this task we’d like you to share what you would do and why, in one of the scenarios above.

  1. Select one of the scenarios above.
  2. Share in the comments below the scenario you have chosen and what you would consider when communicating in that scenario.
  3. Select one other learner’s response to this task.
  4. Review their approach and provide a reply that highlights two positive aspects and one thing they may need to consider.

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This article is from the free online course:

Inspiring Young People In STEM: Activities and Improving Communication

National STEM Learning Centre

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