Teach, Don't Talk

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shh, this won’t hurt a bit teach, don’t talk kristen gallagher - devsigner 2015

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about me & why i’m here i love to teach. more than that, i love helping other people teach stuff. http://tinyurl.com/ng6gzuh

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about you & why you’re here turn to your neighbor (say hi). tell your neighbor the last thing you remember from someone’s talk.

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the plan today our only goals are to: ● structure content to help people learn a concept ● create multiple ways for people to learn a concept ● be ourselves (but still give awesome talks)

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you’re great and you should teach. why teach, not talk? teaching = creating a foundation to grow from talking = boring.

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but how??? change your talk into scaffolding.

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and scaffolding is? ...a strong structure, aka: not this.

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scaffolding: super important = how people learn new things. (give people a shelf & a ladder.)

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break up the content create digestible concept chunks by: 1. applying a logic 2. matching content to that logic 3. using bloom’s taxonomy

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let’s try that out. topic: history of SaaS companies 1. applying a logic: chronological 2. matching content to that logic -info on how they started (1990-now) -info on how they grew -info on what they’re doing now 3. using bloom’s taxonomy

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excuse me? bloom who? Evaluation Synthesis Analysis Application Comprehension Knowledge

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excuse me? bloom who? Judge it Summarize it Understand it Use it Get it Know it

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back to our example: topic: history of SaaS companies 3. using bloom’s taxonomy give the info help them get it do an example (growth patterns?) share example, teach it to a partner, add to knowledge base

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multiple ways of learning something believe it or not, some people aren’t like you.

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Type Means Not Okay: Visual-Spatial pictorially/spatially inclined just adding clipart Bodily-Kinesthetic better when acting it out making everyone do team building activities Musical sensitive to rhythm + sound playing music in your talk Interpersonal likes to work with others having only group work Intrapersonal likes to work independently having only independent work Linguistic ‘auditory’ + likes words having too many words Logical-Mathematical likes reasoning + formulas only using math/code

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putting it together some basics: cut the noise.

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it’s really important to write big. it’s also really important not to use comic sans. finally, it’s also really important not to be distracting.

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accessibility plan for: ● vision & hearing impairment ● community rules & respect ● people who may learn differently than you

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checking your work try to give your talk to a friend! check for understanding. ask for feedback on specific items.

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if you want to talk teach about it kristen@edifyedu.com @kristenmaeve image credits: seanheritage.com and portland sun times

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