Faculty institute will offer strategies for strong classroom presentation
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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.