Over and Out

Dear Writers,

Well, that was fun.

Sorry it’s taken all week to get “grades” posted. My house was dealing with two ear infections, two eye infections, two sinus infections, and one viral infection. All four of us were on various forms of amoxicillin, though we seem to be on the mend just in time to hop in the car and drive to New York. Wish us luck.

I enjoyed getting to know each of you this semester, and I think we achieved a nice balance of fun and productivity (something my old high school students used to refer to as funductivity). Let me know if I can be of assistance to you in the future. I’ll be in  my Sweetland office at least through the end of the school year. After that, who knows? I’ve got a Major Review coming next semester which is kind of like a job performance review for Lecturers. (Yes, I’m not technically a professor, though some of you wanted to call me one.)  Anyway, I’d be glad to bump into you in the future.

I’ve had a chance to skim through everyone’s portfolio, and my plan is to share some individualized feedback by email before the end of the year. That’s more likely to happen in the days after Christmas, so be patient. Nothing extravagant, but I do hope you realize your work is valued. Thanks for putting in some effort this semester. Your three credits were well-earned.

Finally, I wish you a warm and relaxing holiday break. I’ll be hanging with my foxes (see below) and trying to get healthy. Be well.





Winding Down

So, folks, the time is nigh. Hope you stay sane as you’re finishing up the semester. Plan to have your blog/portfolio complete and ready for evaluation by Friday morning (say, 8:00 a.m.). Consult that blue handout (or find it again as part of the previous blog post) to double-check whether you’ve covered everything that’s expected of you. Let me know if you have questions.

Thanks for playing along and putting together some interesting “TED” talks. I know it’s not easy to write, prepare, and deliver this type of performance, and I appreciate how everyone pulled through and supported one another.

If you’ve not yet done so, please complete the course evaluation (we’re up to a 71% completion rate) which you can access through your CTools Workspace (or by clicking the link that’s probably been emailed to you multiple times).

I’ll respond to you individually by email after I’ve had a chance to review your blog/portfolio, and I’ll try to pass along at least a couple pieces of advice as you head toward your future writing challenges. Give me a couple weeks to get through everything; you may not get a response from me until after I’ve submitted “grades” (credit) for the course.

This probably won’t be my last blog post, but so long for now.



How to Deliver a Good Talk

  • Use narrative elements
  • Establish a personal stake in the subject matter
  • Eye contact
  • Visual aids – props (food, ox)
  • Confidence is key – Practice helps
  • Speak clearly, good pace
  • Don’t move around too much
  • Write on board, slides (don’t read from them), images, video clips
  • Aim for the unexpected    

Listen and Learn

Here’s a link to that Nathan Heller essay you read earlier this semester. Be prepared on Wednesday to share at least one piece of advice about giving a “TED” talk. You can come up with this suggestion by reading the Chris Anderson essay I distributed last week, re-reading the Heller essay, and/or studying some TED talks on your own. Have fun, and think about how you can apply the advice to your own presentation.