Training from the Back of the Room

Request Onsite
Length 2 days
Intended Audience

Training from the Back of the Room targets teachers, instructors, speakers, presenters, agile trainers, agile coaches, and anyone else who needs to get an audience involved!

Prerequisites Students must have experience in providing training or facilitation of groups.

Course List

Course Description – TBR (32 downloads) Training from the Back of the Room (TBR), by Sharon Bowman, is a set of resources, techniques, and principles based on leveraging the way our brains work to design a training event that has maximum learning impact.

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In recent years, the Agile Community has made TBR an essential reference for all training and coaching professionals who want to teach courses that really achieve their goal; to help students learn.

However, TBR training is not just oriented toward training instructors, but also to speakers, Scrum Masters, agile coaches, and in general anyone who speaks in public and wants to better convey their message by getting the audience involved. Our parent company, Netmind, has been an official TBR trainer since April 2017.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain and define the most current brain science on human learning: information that is directly applicable to all instruction, whether in classrooms, one-on-one or virtually (OpenClass).
  • Apply “The Six Trumps”– six learning principles based on brain science that will significantly enhance learning and retention, regardless of the content being taught.
  • Recognize these six principles of learning in action.
  • Use these principles in any learning environment.
  • Combine brain science and technology to improve learning by using both creativity and collaboration.
  • Access new resources that will expand your knowledge of the most current brain science on human learning.
  • Utilize the trainer’s tool bag of practical tips and activities: a collection of the best practices that you created during the training program.
  • For agile trainers and Scrum trainers: Combine the Agile and Scrum processes and principles with Accelerated Learning to create collaborative, interactive, fun, and memorable learning experiences.

Course Outline

Day 1: Brain Science and Learning

  • 1.1 Warm-up: Pre-workshop Activities
  • 1.2 Top takeaways. The results of learning
  • 1.3 Suggestions for success
  • 1.4 The Map of 4Cs
  • 1.5 The Trainer's Tool Bag
  • 1.6 Conceptual Centers
  • 1.7 Brain sciences and human learning
  • 1.8 The Six Trumps
  • 1.9 The Gallery Walk
  • 1.10 Learning record

Day 2: Training Design Based on the Brain with the 4Cs Map

  • 2.1 The 4Cs Map
  • 2.2 The RAS and the Triune brain
  • 2.3 Six ways to transfer information into long-term memory
  • 2.4 The Toolbox of the 4Cs
  • 2.5 Training design reminders
  • 2.6 Creating your own 4Cs Map
  • 2.7 Learning Log


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