Precise tasks

It is usually valuable to give precise unambiguous instructions about the actual outcome that one wants. For example: ‘Here are pictures of six people. Choose the two people you would most like to meet. For each of them write down the two questions you would most like to ask.’

Tight and clear instructions, leading to an obvious outcome, are liberating rather than cramping. Vague instructions (‘discuss what you think of this’), by the same token, can merely dissipate energy and interest, and lead to much waste of time.

That said, it is sometimes valuable simply to say: ‘Think aloud about this.’

All the activities in this pack can involve precise tasks.


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