Here are some tips for preparing to teach classes in the Course Catalog of The Family History Guide:
Following a few simple guidelines can make a difference in the effectiveness of the training sessions and courses you offer.
This Word document contains 100 commonly asked questions beginning family history researchers and guests at family history centers and libraries. It also contains links to topics in The Family History Guide where answers to those questions can be found. This can be helpful for family history consultants who would like practice answering questions from The Family History Guide, or for individuals who want to improve their knowledge and skills.
Download the 100 Questions ... and Answers document here.
To assess your training classes, you can download and print this Course Evaluation form.
You can download and print the Instructor Tips document. These tips are also available in the corresponding Choices of The Family History Guide.
Here are some additional insights into the instruction and learning process. Hopefully they will be of value to you as you engage with learners in your training programs.
Learning about our ancestors expands our horizons and inspires us, no matter our background or faith. Inspiration can ignite passion, and our family history journey is underway.
The Family History Guide layers training information, from general to specific. Projects lead to Goals and then to Choices, with detailed steps coming last. Resources are also layered, with essential articles and videos linked from the main pages, and supporting material in the Vault. Likewise, teaching incrementally and sequentially is a proven, effective approach.
A key to learning is initiating hands-on experience. Practice, repetition, and teaching it to another makes all the difference. The Family History Guide involves all these elements. Don't just lecture; your students need to get their hands on their own family history.
The student needs a coach or mentor who can provide individual help. The training strategies in this guide emphasize interaction in the learning process wherever possible. The Family History Guide also encourages working together with accountability, by means of the Project Tracker sheets.
Unity among teaching staff members is also important. As they learn together and share with each other what they know and what we they don't know, everyone becomes better informed and more valuable to the students. Using the Family History Guide as a fundamental training tool can create that unity. Using an organized approach like this helps students realize that they can count on any training staff member to help them learn in a logical, sequential way.
(Adapted from material by Bonnie Mattson, Trainer at the Oakland California FamilySearch Library)