June 15, 2017
AET training and Toolbox Talks
Are you faced with the task of preparing a toolbox talk? Dreading the experience, not knowing where to start or how? Find out more about “Toolbox Tools”, here.
One of the courses at Carlton Training teaches you exactly how to tackle that problem. If you complete the Level 3 Award in Education and Training with us, you will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively plan and conduct your toolbox talks.
But what are Toolbox Talks?
A simple definition suggests that toolbox talks are informal safety lessons or meetings that are often part of an organisation’s overall safety program. Such meetings normally take place at the job site prior to work commencing or before the next work shift. Toolbox talks generally cover specific topics on safety aspects related to the job or location, such as workplace hazards, and safe work practices. The idea behind them is to cover last minute safety checks, refresh peoples’ knowledge or exchange information with experienced team members. Toolbox talks are quite often referred to as tailgate meetings or safety briefings.
Level 3 Award in Education and Toolbox Talks
So it being a basic teaching qualification, how can having Award and Education Level 3 actually help you? There are a number of crossovers between the AET Level 3 course that we offer and toolbox talks.
First of all one of the main features of toolbox talks their short duration lasting approximately 10-15 minutes. During the Award in Education and Training (AET) Level 3 course planning and teaching a 15 minute sample lesson (known as micro-teaching) is one of the assessment requirements you will have to complete. This not only fits perfectly within the typical timings of toolbox talks, whileyou are on the AET Level 3 course you will receive all the necessary knowledge to prepare this sort of session and your course tutor will guide you each step of the way to make this task straightforward for you.
Throughout the duration of your course you will learn how to make sure that your session has an appropriate structure starting with an introduction, then lesson development followed by a conclusion and a summary. Another important aspect is designing clear aims and objectives of the session which in turn will allow you to choose a suitable variety of teaching methods, a range of resources so that the lesson you prepare is interesting and keeps your learners engaged.
Strictly speaking active participation of your learners is one of the criteria for your micro-teaching session during the AET Level 3 course, but this is also important for toolbox talks. The idea that people learn by doing as opposed to being passive listeners throughout a teaching session has been known for years, and you will have a chance to try it for yourself when delivering your micro session on our AET course you can then easily implement this in your toolbox talks. What’s more the Level 3 Award in Education and Training that we offer will teach you how to check whether the knowledge and skills you are passing on to your group are actually being understood and learnt. We will show you how to include different assessment methods in your micro-teaching and ensure what you are teaching is truly sinking in. This way another feature of a toolbox talks can be covered, namely a review or summary you can use at the end of the session. Thanks to our AET Level 3 course you will be able to do that not only with a quiz or test but all sorts of other modern assessment methods which you will learn about with us.
Preparation of a good micro-teaching session for the AET Level 3 requires a well- designed lesson plan, so does doing a toolbox talk. Your course tutor will assist you with the lesson planning before the delivery of your micro-teaching takes place. You will see how helpful it is for arranging your toolbox talks – choosing the best teaching and assessment approaches, timing each activity, ensuring the correct number of resources/tools/handouts or instructions for your learners, having a plan B in case your original plan does not work, etc.
Another useful ingredient of our Award in Education and Training Level 3 course is that straight after your micro session is delivered you will have an opportunity to reflect on your teaching and share it with the rest of the group, which will help you improve your sessions in future. What is more constructive feedback on your micro-teaching given by your tutor and peers, discussing strengths of your lesson delivery and areas for development will no doubt give you confidence in designing effective toolbox talks.
So what are you waiting for?
Why not do Award in Education and Training Level 3 with us?
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