It's estimated the funded projects will engage more than 8, youth in about 2, hours of arts training throughout the city. Extraordinary Futures Extraordinary Futures provides young people with dance classes and open practice sessions. Students will participate in monthly dance competitions as part of a Middle and High School Breakdance League and prepare for the culminating event, Massive Break Challenge. Pongo Publishing Pongo Publishing offers weekly writing sessions to incarcerated youth.
Full-day training courses offer many challenges for speakers, including: If you can overcome these challenges, you can provide significant value for your audience.
This past week, I was fortunate to attend a series of full-day training courses Usability Week in San Francisco, offered by the Nielsen Norman Group. While my focus was building my usability knowledge, it was also a great opportunity to learn from people who speak regularly around the world.
One of these speakers was Marieke McCloskeywho taught my first session of the week. Several people I spoke with later in the week cited her as the best presenter they had heard all week. She nailed all of the critical elements which are summarized here and elaborated on later in the article: Know your material intimately.
Marieke was expressive, energetic, and vocally dynamic. She smiled frequently, and laughed often.
Vary your presentation techniques. Marieke used a variety of techniques, including lecture, personal stories, visuals, video case studies, group discussion, and several exercises.
Marieke fostered class participation the entire day. Before Your Session Arrive early, and use this time to help your audience. Half an hour before the course began, Marieke put a slide up including necessary details e. As students walked in, many of them had this exact question, and the answer was ready waiting for them.
This small, simple act shows that you care for your audience by anticipating their needs. Marieke also greeted students as they arrived — another small act which goes a long way toward establishing a positive environment.
Opening Strong Introduce yourself with a smile. Marieke was warm and inviting from her first words, which included the pronunciation of her name ma-REE-ka. After her personal introduction, Marieke gave a short, but boring promotional blurb about the services her employer offers the conference host.
I understand why this is done, but this would have been better to bring up later in the day after she had developed more trust with the audience. With the preliminary tasks done, Marieke displayed a full-screen photograph of the Denver Airport terminal, and proceeded to share a personal story about the moment that it was taken.
It was a personal story and told us something about Marieke. It was cleverly connected with the training course material.
The story involved a common experience air travel which was easy to relate to. Marieke followed her own story by asking us to share our own stories. By leading the way with her story, Marieke created a sharing environment, and made it much more likely for others to follow.
This is critical for lengthy, interactive courses.
Share the course agenda. A high-level agenda helps your audience understand the mental framework for your presentation. This is especially important for lengthy training courses. Marieke shared the agenda at just the right time after introductions, logistics, and a connecting story.
Delivery Techniques Break free from the lectern, and use the room. Marieke moved around naturally throughout the day, left or right of the screen. She offered balanced sight lines, and gave every audience member eye contact.
One of my old crutches when delivering training courses used to be sticking primarily to one side of the room. It is much better to switch your perspective throughout the day. Immerse yourself in your slides.
Want to learn more? Marieke interacted with slides often, moving right into the projector light in a good way.Critical Academic Writing And Multilingual Students A Suresh Canagarajah A geopolitics of academic writing (composition, literacy, a geopolitics of academic. Critical Academic Writing and Multilingual Students explains what it means to commit to an academic pedagogy, in terms of form, self, content, and community—and what it can accomplish in the L2 writing classroom.
It's a guide for writing teachers who wish to embark on a journey toward increased critical awareness of the role they play, or .
students’ expression and development of critical thinking in academic writing. In order to establish a background and a frame of reference for the study, I will review a range of research and theorising about the nature and significance of. Students develop strategies over time for approaching academic work in the very process of struggling to understand new and unfamiliar material.
The Role of Writing across the Curriculum. Open education resources for academic writing. Download Microsoft Word templates for courses and doctoral capstone documents, preformatted with correct APA style and Walden-specific guidelines such as page margins, page numbers, and headings.
In the light of emerging theoretical and research findings, I chart a more critical orientation to the relationship between communities. This discussion should prove useful in helping multilingual students develop a writing practice that is creative and challenging.