Coexistence 303: How To Teach

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Coexistence 302: Public Speaking

Teaching is the art of sharing information

Teaching shares visual, tactile, and auditory information

Great teaching uses all three methods

Auditory is usually the most straightforward method but is also the hardest way to learn

Use visual aids like slides, body language, videos, and handouts

Give tactile experiences like group questions, audience hand gestures, and discussion

The most effective form of teaching, according to science, is Power Teaching

  • Power Teaching is most often used in kindergarten classrooms but works for every subject
  • Many educators borrow from Power Teaching
    • Use a board to track group participation points for high energy and group penalties for low energy
    • Create tactile gestures for the audience to follow ideas along with
    • Create simple ideas into mnemonics for more complex ideas

The easiest way to educate is through small “bursts” of condensed information

  • Many educators forego long-winded lectures to give five-minute condensed videos that articulate one significant idea
  • After sharing the videos, educators discuss and elaborate on them in more detail

Most modern teaching extends beyond a classroom

Teaching can use the internet to allow discussion outside a formal classroom setting

  • Most younger people are computer-savvy enough to learn remotely, though older generations still need time in-person

Most teachers in classrooms are afraid of the broad audience of the Internet

  • Teachers need to share more ideas to broader audiences with the internet
  • Courses like Khan Academy and YouTube videos give more opportunity for anyone with an internet connection to gain a collegiate-grade education for free

Assembling a lesson plan is time-consuming, even if it isn’t difficult

1. Find out what you want the audience to know

  • If they have a test coming up, they care about knowing the information on the test
  • Explaining why is usually less challenging than explaining every small detail

2. Collect materials for the presentation

  • Even if you use a textbook, you can include other resources
  • Give extra materials you can’t share as a handout or additional page of sources

3. Assemble the speech

  • Abide by all of the rules for great public speaking
  • Be aware of time, since listeners will start forgetting after thirty minutes of continuous learning
  • Prepare for breaks to let the audience recuperate
  • On a more extended lecture, most of the audience won’t pay full attention
    • Give access to either a recording of the speech or your lecture notes

4. Deliver the speech

  • Keep improving from audience feedback
    • Ask for feedback with a comment card
  • If there are any labs or interactive portions, have an action plan for them getting off-track or becoming inappropriate
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