For English 15, I prepare approximately 2,000 minutes of presentations. Why measure in minutes? Well, for each minute in front of the class, I spend probably about 10 minutes beforehand planning from the stages of developing the curriculum to detailed lesson planning. That’s a lot of time and energy–more than 300 hours. Like any teacher, I wonder, how do I preserve my lessons so that they are ready for revision and reuse when I teach again?
I have found PowerPoint to be an indispensable tool for preserving my lessons. I post each PowerPoint on Canvas, usually before class (excepting days with reading quizzes). Although some might object that sharing lecture notes with students enables skipping, English 15’s strict attendance policy discourages such behavior. If a student needs to miss class due to illness, as inevitably happens for dorm-dwelling freshmen, they can access that day’s presentation online and get supplemental notes from classmates, since the PowerPoints only include the skeleton of our lessons, fleshed out by my lectures and handouts.
My presentations, which are designed for 75-minute sessions, are ordered by unit below. Feel free to explore whichever unit strikes your fancy. If you decide to use part of a presentation, I would simply request that you credit me with a brief note on the relevant slides. I also have handouts corresponding to several of the lessons that I can provide upon request.
Unit 1: Rhetorical Analysis Paper
Unit 2: (Re)Definition Webpage
Day 7 – Online activity that I made through Canvas’s Quizzes tool
Unit 3: Evaluation Paper
Day 14 – Research training presented by a University Librarian.
Unit 4: Proposal Film
Day 22 – iMovie training presented by a Media Specialist.
Day 23 – iMovie work time.
Unit 5: Re-Mediation
Day 28 – Independent work time
Day 30 – Day off to reward 100% completion of the SRTE (teaching evaluation)