Preparing my eduignite…
One week out from eduigniteINVERS I am asking myself, WHY oh WHY did you say you would share a session? WHY did you add this to your already BUSY schedule? Hmm good question indeed? I think the answer lies in FOMO. Fear of missing out on an opportunity to challenge myself. Weird but true. I embrace challenge, thrive on it in fact. So, although I am nowhere near ready to present, I have had hours of preparation, reflection and contemplation on how to share my session “I’m not there yet”. I am loving it. It is very good to be shaken and challenged and moved outside my comfort zone again. I am reflecting on it daily, and I think, I am owning the presentation in a way that simply wouldn’t be possible if I prepped it all in one go.
This brings me to my wondering….
What is the best way to prepare for a session?
What works for you? I would love to hear your preparation schedules…
Does it depend on the session? The kaupapa? The context? The audience?
I’d love to share a few of my approaches.
1. Topic, Title or Question – I love to have this nailed down, sorted in my head to shape my preparation. Although I often change this nearer the session, I feel a good title or question shapes my reading, my thinking, if you like, RAS alerts me for opportunities to focus my thinking to support my preparation.
2. Bones – I like to have the bones of the session imagined. In a way, I liken it to storyboarding. Mapping my session out helps shape my preparation.
3. UDL – Universal Design for Learning requires me to: connect with, know, survey my audience. Conscious of meeting the needs of my audience I try to know as much as I can, and I plan to cater for the margins. Just in typing this, I have challenged myself to revisit my eduignite session and look at ways to make it more accessible for all.
4. Timeframes, audience, UDL survey,