Training Breaks that Seal Gaps

Brain science shows that "chunking up" your training with breaks boosts learning and recall. This is true of classroom and tactical training. What kinds of breaks? Read on.


Gradient illusion. Look at the fourth picture shown. Then read the caption (if you haven't already).

Wow and How. Provide a sheet of paper to each participant with the left half labeled "WOW" and the right half labeled "HOW ABOUT." (A master worksheet with fun illustrations is at the end of this article. Acrobat Reader required.) Have learners pair up and each write down one WOW they've learned since the last break and one HOW ABOUT question each still has about the topic. Have them answer each other's HOW ABOUT if able. Have the pairs share with the group. Alternatively, learners can place Post-It Notes on a large WOW and HOW sheet set up for the entire group. Postings can be tickets to get out on break and the HOW ABOUTs can be addressed upon return. (Presenting with Pizzazz, web link below.)

Life is too short. Have your learners complete the Life is too short to… and Life is too short not to... worksheet provided at the bottom of this article. It can be tailored to the particular training moment or topic. For example:

  • Defensive tactics training is too short to... and Defensive tactics training is too short not to...
  • Life is too short when making traffic stops to... and Life is too short when making traffic stops not to...
  • Life is too short when talking to dispatch to... and Life is too short when talking to dispatch not to...
Instant Icebreakers

Packing more in, doesn't.

Your training content is important, but trying to pack more information into the time available, doesn't work. Brain-compatible designed training does and it's more engaging and fun - for you and your learners.



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