Even though I practiced many times, I admit, I wanted desperately to use notecards, a note page, or a cheat sheet to get me through all the information I needed to say in last night’s presentation. I constantly feel the need to over plan. Call it a habit from trying to keep students engaged with ELA and block scheduling. But, our requirement of no notes was actually cathartic. With each practice, I relied less and less on the bulky, anchor like information and trimmed my responsibility down to its bare bones. The presentation developed a flow I can only liken to putting an arm out the car window on cool summer day…mostly smooth with a little bit of chop. I cannot and will not say I do not need notes. Each presentation calls for a little different presentation style.
I know we wanted to get through the presentations, but it was nice seeing the cohort, once again, push and applaud each group. We are good at this because we had the same crutch. As I listened and watched all of the cohort, I actually liked the presentations better than in classes past. I could actually focus on the presenter and their message and not the script. I left last night with information and valuable ideas. Kudos!