I teach genetics and do research in evolutionary microbiology at the University of British Columbia. This blog is about my teaching, and about other teaching-related ideas and issues.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Showmanship for teachers?
A post on BoingBoing a few months ago prompted me to order Magic and Showmanship: a handbook for conjurers, by Henning Nelms. This book isn't about how to do conjuring or 'magic' tricks, but about how to incorporate drama, suspense, human interest etc. into performances in order to make the tricks much more compelling to the audience.
My hope is that some of this advice will also apply to teaching. If even a little bit rubs off on my classroom persona, the students will find my classes more interesting and, I hope, find the material easier to remember.