Blog #1

In DH 7100 I am excited to learn about presentation and alternative ways to facilitate a classroom experience.  I have had the opportunity to work individually with students but have not experienced presenting information and facilitating larger groups of students as they learn new material.  In my writing, I have a tendency to be wordy.  I continue to work on being succinct yet thorough through writing but I have not worked on presenting and or facilitating material in a way that is direct, concise and clear.  My desire is that this course will act as a springboard for me to grow in this area so I feel more comfortable.   Learning innovative ways of engaging students in a classroom setting is one aspect that will be beneficial as I learn ways to facilitate a classroom of students.  Learning how to use technology appropriately such as with PowerPoint and/or other media used in presentation will also be valuable as I work on my goal of being an effective presenter and facilitator.

In March, I have the opportunity to present to first year students and the class will be a flipped classroom.  This is an active learning technique we will be learning more about in week 5!  This will be a great way to help me as I prepare for this experience with students.

The reservation I have in this course is the presentation of the PechaKucha.  While presentation is something I desire to become better at, initially it feels very scary.  I also have hesitation with peer evaluation.  I have participated in peer evaluation in other courses in this program but I still hesitate and hope that I am understanding the material well enough to evaluate a peer and give constructive, appropriate feedback.

I think this class will be a great addition to what we have learned in DH 6100.  I am ready to jump in and learn!

6 thoughts on “Blog #1

  1. Janelle,
    I have apprehension about the PechaKucha as well. I think presenting in front of people is the aspect about this class that makes me the most nervous. I think it will be a great learning experience for all of us.

  2. I will be excited to follow your flipped classroom experience. It will be so interesting to learn from your perspective in teaching but also evaluating the experience as a Master’s student. It will certainly help all of us understand and experience this alternative classroom style.

  3. Hi Janelle,
    Teaching the class will be a wonderful experience for you and I think the content we will be learning in this class will be so beneficial. I agree that peer reviews can be challenging. The reviews I received from classmates were very helpful so try to trust yourself because you have experience in teaching and can share that knowledge with others.

  4. Janelle,
    I also have a reservation about the PechaKucha presentation. I think that it will be a fun activity and learning activity but it does make a little nervous. As you mentioned, I am ready to learn innovative ways to get students engaged in the classroom too. Your opportunity to present to first year students using the flipped classroom model is exciting! I hope that you will share with us your experiences during week 5.

  5. Hi Janelle,
    I always enjoy hearing what those of you that are already in the classroom have done and are preparing to do. The flipped classroom is something that sounds interesting and can’t wait to hear your experience with it. Looking forward to a great semester!

  6. Janelle,
    I’m so glad you are going to get to have some “real life” experience in incorporating innovative teaching strategies this semester. I hope the course work complements what you are already doing.
    It sounds like most of you have reservations about presenting the PK, but I think that you will all find it is a really excellent exercise that you will be able to master. It is one of my favorite assignments in the course because it pushes you a bit outside your comfort zone and I get to learn so much about you all.

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