Why the Best Learning Activities Are Made for Four

Kesha Dougan
Posted: March 27, 2018

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Keep reading for a simple spark of knowledge and download these helpful prompts to ignite your innovative flame for your next team-building activity!

Learning Activities in Fours

Four, 4, IV, cuatro, vier…any way you say it — four is the MAGIC NUMBER when it comes to group learning activities for many reasons!

Check out this perfect four-square team for an impactful activity.

The perfect four-square team includes a:

  1. Facilitator — responsible for:
    1. Asking every student to share their ideas
    2. Making sure everyone’s ideas are heard
    3. Inviting others to make suggestions on what to do next
  2. Accountability manager — responsible for:
    1. Making sure all members can answer the instructor’s questions
    2. Being prepared to present their group’s ideas if called upon
  3. Skeptic — responsible for:
    1. Challenging each group member to justify and explain their thinking in detail
    2. Questioning each group member’s approach and ideas
  4. Team captain — responsible for:
    1. Communicating with the instructor — the only learner who can ask the instructor a question or leave their seat to get information
    2. Clearly showing/explaining to the group anything the instructor offers in a huddle

If you want to employ a fun group work activity like this in your next learning module, download these helpful prompts to give participants ideas on what questions they might ask or phrases they might use in each role.


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