Teaching Presentation Tips

Now that we’re moving into the second round of teaching presentations, I hope you’ll take the time to read through the first group’s thoughts about their presentations.

I’ll readily admit that it’s an awkward task I’m asking you to perform: part teaching, part breaking the fourth wall of teaching in order to provide context. Another way to think about your 30 minutes in front of the classroom is as an experiment. You’re the researcher and we are your guinea pigs. Seriously. Think of the students in the class as a capable and willing audience, at your disposal to try out ideas inspired by our readings and discussions this semester. If you’re an aspiring or new teacher, think of the presentation as a chance to try out a teaching persona. And above all else, think of this as a chance to learn from each other in a constructive and inviting environment.