In case you're new here or don't pay much attention to me, or both, or neither, I thought I should mention that I teach Fundamentals of Public Speaking, also known as CO102, also known as "That Required Class that Makes My Students Want to Throw Up with Anxiety."
I've never really understood the whole "afraid of public speaking" deal, mostly because I'm an attention hog. It's true. Please ask me to give a presentation to you. I *heart* public speaking.
But my students don't. Well, some of them do, because some of them--like me--also enjoy the beautiful warmth of the spotlight. Mostly, however, my students come in with fear and trepidation. I am sympathetic to such anxieties and as such try to make my class really enjoyable. We have fun. I laugh a lot, and this semester I have been blessed with two classes who also laugh (because the Lord heard my cries from last semester when I got students who were so polite, too polite to ever laugh at me, I guess).
In an effort to infuse something interesting and "hip," this semester I'm trying out a new way to end my classes. I wrap up my lecture at least five minutes before class ends and then turn it over to a student who is responsible for showing us a video from YouTube they find humorous/thoughtful/lovely. The only requirement (other than the video being appropriate for class) is that the student must briefly explain how the video might be used in a presentation.
So far, I've been wowed by what my students are coming up with. It's funny how much I learn about their personalities just by seeing what video they choose to show. Yesterday's video, though, is one I'm going to be adding to my lectures. When it comes to talking about Public Speaking, it's a keeper.
So funny. Maybe even funnier for speech teachers. Probably even funnier for me because his delivery is kind of like how I teach. Except he's funnier. Of course.