Faculty institute will offer strategies for strong classroom presentation

Faculty institute will offer strategies for strong classroom presentation

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May 19-20 event is an opportunity to learn, practice, and perfect a variety of classroom presentation skills

Strong classroom presentation skills can underscore a teacher's organizational skills, passion for the subject, and caring attention to student learning.

The Center for Teaching and ITS-Instructional Services are sponsoring a Faculty Institute, "Releasing Your Inner Performer: Strategies for Memorable Classroom Delivery" on May 19-20. The institute will provide an opportunity to learn, practice, and perhaps perfect a variety of classroom presentation skills, including how to:

  • draw focus to yourself and then direct it to your subject matter
  • "work the room" to advantageously use space
  • effectively leverage timing and pace
  • enhance vocal skills, including the dramatic pause
  • use color and lighting to best advantage
  • create visual images (PowerPoint) for maximum impact
  • implement audience engagement techniques perfected by theater performers

The institute will be conducted by David McGraw, Theatre Arts Department head of Stage Management; Amy Ruth McGraw, lecturer in the American Sign Language Program; and Lisa Kelly, associate director, Center for Teaching. It will utilize three different kinds of UI learning spaces: A TILE classroom, a traditional classroom, and an auditorium.

The institute will provide a supportive and relaxed "space" for participants to practice these strategies with one of their own short lectures (4-5 minutes) and a brief classroom exercise that engages their peer participants. This is not an acting workshop, but an exploration of how to adapt live performer techniques for a classroom environment.

All faculty members are welcome to attend, but seating is limited, so participants must register in advance. Click here to register.

Contacts

Center for Teaching, Center for Teaching, 319.335.6048

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