CMN 101 - Introduction to Public Speaking
Fall 2013 was the first time teaching public speaking, my first time teaching a class at 8 am, my first time teaching an 80-minute Tuesday/Thursday class, my first time teaching a workshop-style class, and my first time as the instructor of record. Quite the challenge!
That said, I felt completely ready for this experience, thanks to the amazing pre-semester training led by Dr. Mardia Bishop and Beth Popp, and for all of their support extended to me during the semester.
I learned so much in my time teaching CMN 101. Primarily, I became aware and sensitive to a) the unique challenges of teaching very early classes (8 am and 9:30 am!), as well as b) the challenges of keeping students engaged for a full 80-minute class. I learned that I would need to design engaging, interactive presentations which would capture their attention and incentivize participation, first thing in the morning. I accomplished this by incorporating videos into the PowerPoints, and organizing activities involved in watching videos of speeches and evaluating them.
I've included some visual representations of my evaluations on this page. More detailed information on my quantitative and qualitative evaluations can be found here.