Scott’s presentation on presentation is a stunner. I don’t know how he kept the reins around this one, flitting as he does from effective PowerPoint to effective handouts to effective delivery inside, I assume, seven hours.
As great as Garr Reynolds, Guy Kawasaki, and the usual suspects are, his PDF (with notes) is pitched straight at the classroom teacher, more precisely than even my own presentation series was.
Dude’s been working on it for months and deserves pageviews and plaudits aplenty. Link it along.
[Updated to fix a homonym.]
Scott EliasDecember 4, 2007 - 8:33 pm -
I’m humbled, Dan, to say the least. Your comments mean a lot considering how much value you place on effective presenting.
I had a great time building that presentation and an even better time delivering it.
Liz D.December 4, 2007 - 8:36 pm -
Oh, Dan, poor Dan, you are just the last in line:
how he kept the reigns around this one
OK, ALL YOU TEACHER PEOPLE, LISTEN UP!
There are 3 homonyms
rain = precipitation. Germanic origin — the earlier spellings do have a g in there (Old English, regn)
rein = a strap or cord to control an animal. Figuratively, a means of control over something.
According to my dictionary, Middle English : from Old French rene, based on Latin retinere ‘retain.’
reign = Middle English : from Old French rene, based on Latin retinere ‘retain.’
Middle English : from Old French reignier ‘to reign,’ reigne ‘kingdom,’ from Latin regnum, related to rex, reg- ‘king.’
orthography contains meaning. If you mix up rein and reign, you are confusing your students.
But if you’ve never held the reins yourself, and sometime dream of reigning…well perhaps I am being too harsh.
danDecember 4, 2007 - 10:10 pm -
Liz has reached out exactly twice in the history of this blog, once over an apostrophe and here over a homonym. I swear, she hovers, just waiting, trying to psych me out.
Liz D.December 5, 2007 - 12:52 pm -
It’s my inner copyeditor, Dan.
Besides, I do not hover–I do far more valuable things, like getting that big rowdy crowd at Kitchen Table Math to come read your blog.