by Maggie Sutton
One of my tasks I was charged as the NODA Intern was to plan and facilitate midsummer training for the orientation leaders during the break week between orientation sessions.
During my time as a leader on my collegiate campus, I sat through many training sessions during my time. Some of them were awesome, super rewarding, I came away from them with a new understanding of who I was and could articulate what I had learned. Others, I wanted very desperately to end as soon as they started and nearly perished of boredom. Even though it’s easier to throw some PowerPoint slides up on the screen, I wanted to work hard to make this training fun, engaging, and a learning opportunity.
My supervisor and I noticed that sometimes our orientation leaders struggled to cope when situations during the day went awry – for example, the speaker ends early and now the Orientation Leaders have twenty minutes of time to fill with the new students before the next activity begins. I decided to do the training on improvisation, and used games from the popular TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? I’ve shared the training schedule below for any other #SAGrads or #SAPros that would like to use it or modify it for their student leaders!