To teach his own 3By Wade Kwon
Iâ€™m guest lecturing next week in a class on mass communications. Which means preparing a lesson plan, reading the textbook chapter, making PowerPoint slides and more.
It helps that I like teaching, I like older kids, and Iâ€™m a ham. Not necessarily in that order.
I volunteered to talk about new media, considering that my own foray has been reasonably successful. I met new friends, learned how to set up a site, how to write for an online audience and even landed work.
Back in college, I served as a teaching assistant for a public speaking class. In some ways, it was the ideal preparation for working in the classroom. The tenets of public speaking â€” know your audience, rehearse, do your homework, smile â€” are crucial to teaching effectively.
But itâ€™s not a lock. You can have a great lesson plan and not connect. Students are distracted by all sorts of things: hormones, an exam they just failed in the class before, an exam they havenâ€™t studied for in the next period, hormones, your bad tie, the big game, and so on.
Engaging students is what teachers do best, or worst. If a teacher doesnâ€™t care about the topic â€” or worse, the students â€” it shows.
What you have to say as a teacher isnâ€™t automatically important because you happen to be standing at the front of the room. And not every student is going to come away with the same info.
It ainâ€™t perfect, but itâ€™s how we all got here.
I like teaching, especially when I donâ€™t have to read the essays or grade the tests. For me, swooping in is fun. And in the classroom, if Iâ€™m not having fun, ainâ€™t no one having fun.
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