Enriching Educators' Repertoire of Appropriate Instructional Methods

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Reference 7968 1 April 9, 2010
Medical College of Wisconsin


Educators frequently depend on familiar teaching methods to achieve their educational objectives, reporting limited knowledge of alternative instructional methods. "From Madness to Methods" was developed to actively engage educators in learning and applying new instructional methods.
During this 1½ hour exercise, participants begin by writing 1-2 objectives drawn from their own teaching or can draw from deck of pre-printed ACGME-linked objective cards. Facilitator deals from the 75 pre-printed methods cards. An objective card is then revealed and participants select one method card from their hand and attempt to enthusiastically persuade the other group members that their selected method is the most suitable to achieve the objective. Participants vote for the best method presented in that round and receive one point for each vote. Play continues until all participants have had at least 1 objective reviewed. Upon conclusion of the exercise, each player identifies 1-2 new methods to pilot.

The packet contains a detailed instructor's guide and the 5 exercise components: methods cards, objectives cards, write you own objectives form, score sheet, and exercise instructions. From Madness to Methods has proven to be an engaging and effective approach to expanding educator's repertoire of teaching methods and strategies.


Simpson D, Fenzel J, Rehm J, Marcdante K. Enriching Educators' Repertoire of Appropriate Instructional Methods . MedEdPORTAL; 2010. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/7968

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to describe multiple teaching strategies/instructional methods and be able to select the method(s)/strategy(ies) matched to achieve his/her individual educational objectives.
  2. To be able to successfully pilot a method/strategy with learners to achieve objectives.
  3. To be able to report back to colleagues regarding key successes and challenges associated with the piloted method/strategy.


  • Instructional Methods, Instructional Strategies, Educational Models (MeSH), Education

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Professional Interest

  • Teaching Skills

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development

Instructional Methods

  • Workshop

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