If you are reading this it’s probably because you are helping me set up a class, so thanks for that. If anything here doesn’t make sense, please contact me and I’ll try to help.
I use a teaching approach called Accelerated Learning, which is described really nicely in the book Training from the Back of the Room. The guiding principle is that people learn best when they teach, so they work in small groups and a lot of the class is about discussion and exercises.
For this to work best. the room should be set up with small tables of 4-6 people, and at least 3 flipcharts and/or whiteboards around the room. That way there isn’t an obvious “front” of the room, and I can use different parts of the room as anchors for different ideas. If possible, a couple of rolls of Magic Whiteboard or Legamaster Magic Chart are fantastic, because then I can put sheets on the wall around the room during the course.
There are no slides so I use no projector, and there are no handouts, so there should be a pen and notebook for everyone. If you have branded notebooks these can act as a souvenir of the class.
Of course there should be access to water, coffee and healthy snacks, ideally in the room as well as at set break times, and I’ve noticed that natural light makes a huge difference to the energy in the room.