Presentations can be nerve-wracking- especially for a newbie presenter such as myself. Sure, as a teacher, one could argue that we should be master presenter because we do it all day for our students, but it’s a whole different ball game when you are presenting to your colleagues. It’s also super intimidating to be presenting in a style as prescriptive as a pecha kucha (20 slides at 20 seconds each) so you can imagine just how nervous I was heading into the pecha kucha session at the ECOO conference a few weeks ago.
I used speaker notes as the time line dictated that I couldn’t ad lib too much (but I did just because that’s me) but what I realized is that I don’t like writing speeches or completely preparing what I’m going to say. I guess I’ve learned that I like to ‘wing it’ so to speak. I also learned that you can deliver a lot of information in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
So… How can this experience help me in the classroom next year? Well…
-I can appreciate that it sometimes takes a lot of inner strength to get up and talk in front of your peers so I can cut my students some slack.
-I can understand that some students don’t like to be completely prepared as
that is more nerve wracking than having everything planned out.
-It is way more engaging to have slides with thought provoking images rather than bullets.
-Presentations can be short, sweet and to the point and just as effective as one that’s 20 minutes long.
Yet again, a very humbling learning experience for me and I am so thankful to have been a part of such a wonderful event!
For your viewing enjoyment, here is a trailer for the pecha kucha session prepared by Colin Jagoe. Also, here is my presentation and the link to the others. Enjoy!