This topic has become near and dear to me as I finish up the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program. Lecturing Creatively takes work! It is not ok anymore to just stand in the front of a class and talk and talk and talk. Students expect more from us, and quite frankly that gets boring very quickly!
With the availability of educational media it is easier than ever for us to create new and exciting ways to deliver our course content. However, one thing I have noticed is that you can spend a lot of time on media that may not really enhance your classroom at the end of the day. It is very easy to get sucked into the “latest and greatest” only to realize you just 3 hours putting together 1 diagram for a small part of your course.
This has been the biggest learning curve for me which is to manage my time effectively. It is easy to fall into old habits and to default to a lecture. It takes great creativity to come up with new and exciting ways to deliver this content to your students. I especially find it challenging to come up with new and exciting ways to teach on the boat as it is a very dynamic environment where I have to think on my feet. The weather really determines which order I teach things in so I can never assume that I will teach X at 1300 hours!
At this point I am exploring the idea of having a tablet on the boat preloaded with lesson plans and diagrams that I can pull up as needed to show things instead of drawing on the whiteboard all the time. This will also take a bit of time to set up, but once it is in the tablet I will have easy access to it!