Tuesday, September 20, 2016

While Chase, Maria, and I were making our ways of knowing project, we were trying to find a way to promote audience participation. Maria had the thought, because she is really smart, to make origami birds with questions in them. This would accomplish asking questions and getting replied answers in a unique and fun way. It seemed to work because most everyone was participated, making it a game and heightening expectations. The birds randomized the order that everyone had to speak in. Afterwards, we showed a silent movie clip that was watched. I think it worked successfully, because most spoke about the subject, giving input on his individual feelings.

The TED talk started off good at the beginning, but appeared to drag on too long a little while inside.Some people began to get bored with it, and lost interest. I suggest that if we split the TED talk into pieces, and put them at different parts in the presentation, we could have worked more diligently(rather than sitting for 25 min). I am convinced getting back up to teach prolonged our talk and everyone lost interest and zoned us out; by that time most were bored and tired of listening to us. The class would certainly be more attentive if it were broken up better, and not drug out so long. We sort of lost the class’s attention at the end.

I wish we could have found some games to go along with emotion but that is kinda hard to do especially since everyone has different feelings toward the same thing based upon their previous experiences. The games that memory did was different and gave everyone a chance to get up and use their minds rather than sitting and listening to the entire class.

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There was actually nothing that I thought we should drop, but I do feel that we should have reorganized areas. I understand looking back on it that we could have positioned sections in different parts of the presentation to get a better feed back for it.

As far as a teacher standpoint goes, I teach every Monday night at Boy Scouts and each time I take away something that I can change and do better for the next time.I have learned a lot by watching my scouts to see how much they are absorbing what I am trying to teach them. If they are not responding correctly to me, I know I am doing something wrong and need to change my teaching technique. A teacher can surely tell when his teaching falls flat. A teacher learns best from his students.


  1. Nice reflection. Good job on teaching, too! I felt like I could see a little bit of each of you in the presentation.

    I don't remember being bored by the TEDTalk. But perhaps others were. If nothing else, it is perceptive of you to gauge the attention spans of your audience members.

    Watch out: If I ask you what you would add or leave out, pick something for one of those things. Likewise, in your teaching paragraph: it's good to include your previous experience, but be sure to focus on THIS PARTICULAR instance. Teaching skills to kids at boy scouts is way different than teaching epistemology to advanced high school students.