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Why you should use animated visuals when teaching apprentices

Technology can be a powerful tool for taking a complex idea and explaining it clearly with the use of visuals. Using a computer program such as PowerPoint can help you to illustrate teaching points and increase or decrease the amount

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Tips for asking clear “what” questions to help apprentices who have difficulty with reading

“What” is the most frequently used question word, yet “what” is considered to be the most challenging.  It is clear what other question words are asking for: “who” asks for a person, “where” asks for a place. “What” should ask

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Why You Should Use Photographs and Drawings in Technical Training

Photographs and drawings show, explain, or teach an item or concept in a more concrete way than words. Instructors can use them to illustrate concepts, transfer a concept from one application to another, or reduce the number of words needed

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The Advantages of Using Examples to Teach Applications

Using an example to teach an application has many advantages: Apprentices are more likely to be interested in learning when they can see how the application is relevant to their trade. An example provides a model that apprentices can follow

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Why Instructors Should Teach Calculator Use to Apprentices in Technical Training

Apprentices need to use calculators during technical training and in final exams, but calculator user manuals are usually overwhelmingly long and complex. It is unlikely that apprentices with weak Essential Skills can learn to use the calculator from the manual.

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5 Strategies for Building Trade-Specific Vocabulary

Apprentices need to learn and memorize a lot of vocabulary, terminology and jargon that is specific to the trade. Often this vocabulary cannot be located in a regular dictionary. That is why it is important for technical trainers to consistently

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Visual Aids help to translate Word Problems for Apprentices

Drawing diagrams organizes numerical and spatial information such as dimensions, and makes relationships between numbers and dimensions more apparent. The process of drawing and labelling the diagram helps apprentices visualize the problem and understand which numerical information is relevant. When

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How Instructors Can Control the Difficulty of Questions

Instructors ask about 100 questions per hour in a typical classroom setting. As instructors, we use questions when we teach and assess apprentices. If you think about it, apprentices can pass or fail courses depending on their ability to answer

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Using Trade Specific Documents to Teach Table Structure to Apprentices

Apprentices deal with different types of tables such as load charts for determining load weights. In technical training, tables often contain information unique to the trade and apprentices may have difficulty both understanding the information in the table and the

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Why Instructors Should Ask Apprentices Easy Questions During Technical Training

It may seem like a waste of time to ask easy questions when your lesson for the day is calculating lifting capacities or reading foundation plan specifications. But taking the time to ask your apprentices easy questions is no different

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