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How to Give a Presentation: Research, Extension, and Teaching, 2010 AAEA Meetings, Denver, CO, July 24-28. How Not to Give a Teaching Presentation Michael Wetzstein Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics University of Georgia
Fell in love with economics in high school. The ability of theory to express the essence of how to maximize social welfare in a decentralized, price signaling process is eloquent. However, not everyone has this same love Motivation is the key to learning. A major objective is to motivate students to learn and have them develop an appreciation for the power offered by economics.
Downplay the precision of concepts. In contrast, the literature on teaching emphasizes lecturing to the upper third of the class. The mark of an outstanding instructor is to challenge these students while still maintaining the motivation of the others.
Recast the theory in a form students are comfortable with learning. Some students have an intuitive feel (sense) for economies which yields substantial comprehension by just reading it. Others, require working with illustrations and practice. Consider webbing a variety of learning forms: prose, graphics, and numerical examples. Capped off with an application. This synergy among learning forms yields a greater understanding and retention of concepts and connections.
Teaching materials (textbook) Not dead Develop your notes into a manual for students Teaching preparation Two hour prep time for an hour lecture Motivation is the key The lecture method is dead Teaching caring Develop a class soul
Don’t try these in your classroom without thinking One size does not fit all TA’s adoption failure Not close to being an exclusive list Always be looking for new teaching methods itl.usyd.edu.au
Don’t Throw Things: Chalk Develop persona Consider a special number, word, or symbol My number is 5 hollywoodhomemaker.com
Don’t be political Motivate versus Knowledge matreearchy.blogspot.com
Don’t state 30% D’s and F’s Use up your goodwill resources (hard exams) helpyourselfgetlucky.com
Don’t put the answer on the test Joint problems sets (encourages students working together) chriswondra.com
Three learning styles Listening Reading Examples The objective is to teach in all of these styles in a very caring and motivational manner
Long after students have forgotten most of the specific content within lectures, they will be left with general impressions and attitudes about the theory. Hopefully, our teaching will aid in making positive impressions and support our goal of demonstrating the substantial utility to be gained from understanding economic theory.