Less is More

I recently had the opportunity to give a message at the youth group I volunteer at for Celebration Church. I relished the opportunity to speak into the lives of the youth in Edmonton as well as take advantage of building my personal skills as a communicator and public speaker.

My first attempt at writing what I would speak about was unsuccessful. I spent a significant amount of time thinking and contemplating what I wanted to discuss as well as spent the time writing down my thoughts. However, when I looked at the finished product I was unsatisfied. It felt bulky and disorganized. I realized that I was trying to pack too much information into too little time.

So I began again. This time I broke it down into simpler ideas and even removed several points that I previously had planned on addressing. Rather than attempting to overwhelm the students with an array of thoughts I decided to focus in on two major themes. This vastly simplified my message (as well as destroyed my word count). This turned out to be the best thing to happen to me. I used the extra time to connect with the group and establish a relationship from the stage. I spent ample time joking around and eased my way into the core of the message while producing a comfortable atmosphere for myself and the students.

In reflecting on this experience I realized that too often as teachers we spend our time worrying about filling every bit of time allotted to us and forget about the relationship building part of being an educator. I know for myself, spending time simply being with the students with no other agenda than to get to know them is infinity beneficial in the long run. Student’s who are comfortable with their teacher are more likely to participate in class discussion and be open to approaching them when they need help.

I think the important thing to remember is that we are guides, walking along with the students, not a instructional dictatorship. Students’ who feel apart of the learning process grasp concepts better and are more motivated to take control of their own learning.     

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Microsoft Excel

Programs Used: Microsoft Excel

Scope of Knowledge: Use the full extent of  Excel by adding toolbars, formatting and aligning text and numbers, inserting formulas and functions and inserting charts. Also gain an understanding of absolute and relative cell referencing and how to sort data.

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PowerPoint

Programs Used: PowerPoint

Scope of Knowledge: PowerPoint is a great mode of demonstrating information. Through changing design template, inserting images, audio, and video, format text and slide objects, add charts and graphs and create custom slide animation you can convey information in a concise, clear and unique way

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Web 2.0

Programs Used: Web 2.0, Wikis, RSS feeds, Blogs, and Protopage

Scope of Knowledge: Web 2.0 refers to the concept of using the web to generate information. The use of a variety of web applications within a blog allows sharing with other readers and encourages a collaboration within the blog.

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Webpage/Google sites

Programs Used: Google Sites

Scope of Knowledge: Display the proper management and administration of a classroom website by creating an effective and safe online learning environment. – Customize a Google Sites template by editing existing content, creating new content, and adjusting page layouts

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