Hints for Site Leaders
Site leaders will receive a workshop guide when they register
with the Annenberg Channel. A PDF of
the guide is also available on this site. All of the information
you need for conducting a workshop is included in the guide,
but some items are summarized here.
Note: if you are taking this workshop alone, you are your own
The workshop consists of activities carried out with your colleagues
on-site (Workshop Sessions) and those to do on your own
Weekly workshop sessions may be scheduled around live broadcasts,
in which case you will want to begin at least 30 minutes before
the scheduled broadcast. You may prefer to pre-record the programs
on videocassette and schedule the sessions at a time that is
more convenient for all participants. Sessions work best when
scheduled for a minimum of two hours.
Each session consists of three parts:
In preparation for watching the program, you will engage
in approximately 30 minutes of discussion and activity.
the Workshop Video
Then you will watch the 60-minute video program. Within
each program, there will be opportunities to pause the
tape for discussion. If you are watching a real-time
broadcast, participants may consider the questions posed
while viewing the program, and discuss them later.
Wrap up the workshop with an additional 30 minutes of
discussion and activity.
Readings, exercises, and activities follow-up on ideas from
the workshop or prepare participants for the next one. Homework
assignments include extensions called Classroom Connections
that help participants put practices into use.
Successful Workshop Sessions
These guidelines will help you conduct successful workshop sessions,
particularly the Getting Ready and Going Forward segments. These
30-minute, pre- and post-video group discussions will help participants
better understand the video programs and enhance the workshop
experience. Getting Ready prepares participants for what to
focus on during the video programs and Going Further provides
the opportunity to analyze and reflect on what they saw.
Each week, someone should be responsible for facilitating the
workshop sessions. This may be the registered "site leader"
or another volunteer, or you may choose to divide and rotate
duties among several participants. For the purposes of these
instructions, we will refer to the site leader as facilitating
Prepare for the Session and Bring the Necessary Materials
The site leader should review the entire session in the workshop
guide prior to arriving for the session, as well as reviewing
the materials needed for that session. The site leader will
be responsible for bringing enough materials for the participants.
If you are viewing the video programs on videocassette, the
site leader should consider previewing them to help him or her
recognize the suggested "pause points."
Before the First Session
You may want to photocopy the guide for all participants so
they may follow along, refer back to ideas covered in the session,
or have their homework assignments handy. Or, you may direct
them to this workshop Web site to print the guide themselves.
Either way, you will want participants to have the guide prior
to the first session, so they will come prepared. Be sure participants
Keep an Eye on the Time
should bring a journal and a pen to each workshop session,
including the first;
are suggested reading assignments prior to the first session;
would be helpful if they were to review the first session
in the guide prior to arriving.
We have suggested the amount of time you should spend on each
question or activity. While these times are merely guidelines,
you should keep an eye on the clock, particularly if you are
watching a live broadcast. You may want to set a kitchen timer
before you begin Getting Ready to ensure that you won't miss
the beginning of the video. If you are watching the workshops
on videotape, you will have more flexibility if your discussions
Record Your Discussions
We recommend that someone take notes during each discussion,
or even better, that you tape-record the discussions. The notes
or audiotapes can serve as make-up materials in case anyone
misses a workshop.
Share Your Discussions on the Web
The workshop sessions serve as a starting point to share and
think about the workshop ideas. Encourage participants to continue
their discussions with participants from other sites on Channel-TalkLitConversations
on this Web site.