Faith & Finances uses the tangible, customizable flipchart in every lesson. Flipcharts are great because they require no electricity, software updates, or photocopiers. But just because they are intentionally low-tech doesn’t mean that the importance of good flipcharting should be underestimated!

Here are a few pro tips to up your flipchart game:

Planning Ahead

  • Prepare your charts in advance whenever possible so that you can take your time with spelling, spacing, and readability.
  • Sticky-backed chart paper can be helpful in some ways, but isn’t necessary. It’s more challenging to create charts in advance with the sticky paper.
  • For best results, get a sturdy, solid-backed flipchart stand. The wobbly 3-legged easel kind can be difficult to write on.
  • If the solid stand is out of the budget, you can tape flipchart paper directly to the wall for writing.

Visual Appeal

  • Handwriting not the best? Borrow a friend’s! Know a doodler? Have them embellish!
  • Headings, bullet points, numbers, and/or alternating colors can help the writing be easily read and remembered.
  • Avoid writing words in light-colored markers like yellow and pink. Use those for highlighting and illustrating.
  • The further away your participants are, the larger the letters should be.
  • If you have a dedicated space, keep your flipcharts displayed throughout the 12 weeks of the class. Having those visible reminders helps learners make and keep connections between lessons.

Durability

  • Whiteboards are okay, but only use them for brainstorming or short-term activities, not for content that would be good to keep for reference later.
  • Some facilitators have laminated their primary flipcharts (like the 2 Key Themes) to use in repeat classes.
  • When hanging your flipcharts, use masking or painter’s tape to avoid damaging walls.

About the Author

  • Jerilyn has a B.A. in Psychology from Biola University and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has worked in a variety of educational and youth development programs in the U.S., with an emphasis on urban communities. Her position at Chalmers synthesizes several things: love for people, passion for training that empowers disenfranchised people, and a desire to see God’s church be all that He meant it to be. Jerilyn and her husband Duane have two children.

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