Coexistence 303: How To Teach

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Coexistence 302: Public Speaking

Teaching is the art of conveying information

  • Any teacher is simply publicly speaking on a subject they are an expert on
  • All effective teaching must be visual, tactile and auditory
    • In most teaching situations, auditory is easiest to give, but it’s also the hardest for most people to learn with
    • Use visual aides like slides, body language, videos and handouts
    • Give a tactile experience such having group questions, audience hand gestures and discussion
  • The most effective form of teaching, according to science, is Power Teaching
    • This technique is used in kindergarten classrooms, but works everywhere
    • There are many elements that incorporate into successful power teaching
      • Give group participation points for high energy or group penalties for low energy and track them on a board
      • Have tactile gestures that the audience is supposed to follow along with
      • Express the ideas simply enough to be repeated, then attach them as mnemonics to more complex ideas
  • The best ways to educate are through small “bursts” of condensed information
    • Instead of conveying high-end ideas through long-winded demonstrations, many educators use 5-minute packages that articulate an idea
    • Those packages can be discussed and elaborated upon in more detail later

Not all teaching is performed in a physical classroom

  • With the Internet, teaching can be completely remote and allow for discussion outside of a formal classroom setting
    • Most younger people are savvy enough to learn remotely, though older generations still need in-person time to learn well
  • Most teachers in classrooms are afraid of the broad audience of the Internet, but it’s a step forward
    • Great ideas need to be shared more and with more methods, and the Internet is the perfect opportunity for it

Assembling a lesson plan isn’t hard, but is time-consuming

  1. Figure out what you want the audience to know
    • It’s easy if they have a test coming up, since they simply need to know the information for the test
    • Many times, it’s much easier to explain why the information is what it is than explain all the tiny details
  2. Collect materials for the presentation
    • Some of this information will be present already in a given textbook, but don’t be afraid of including other resources
    • If you can’t insert all of the materials, give it as a handout or extra page of sources
  3. Assemble the speech
    • Abide by all of the rules for great public speaking
    • Be considerate of time, since anything past 30 minutes will have most of the listeners start forgetting information
    • Prepare for breaks to allow the audience to recuperate
    • On a longer lecture, most of the audience won’t be paying full attention, so provide access to either your lecture notes or a recording of the lecture
  4. Deliver the speech
    • Learn from audience feedback to keep improving
      • If you’re especially bold, ask for it with a comment card
    • If there are any labs or interactive portions, be prepared for what to do if they get off-track or inappropriate
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