Incomprehensible, pt. two

A WaPo article is pushing up the timetable on my “What’s Good For Rap Is Good For Teaching” post. Entitled “Gestures Convey Meaning,” it spends three pages describing how hand gestures can serve to boost comprehension … which, not intending condescension here at all, I sorta thought was a pretty basic postulate of public speaking. Certainly one of the most fun, anyway. [via Jacobs]

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  1. I’m with you, Dan, but the longer I teach, the more I recognize that there really is no such thing as “common knowledge”, especially (and unfortunately) when it comes to some of the most basic elements of our job.

    Before anyone jumps on me, I don’t mean instructional strategies. I mean things like “don’t openly swear at students or threaten to hit them” or “don’t tell a female student how hot she looks, especially if you’re a 23-year-old man”.