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Effective Teaching Part 2 Effective Teaching Part 2

Author(s):

Vincent G. Kokich, Sr., DDS, MSD;M. K. Kokich

Date Added:

9/1/2006


Summary:

This article is the second of a two-part series on creating an effective teaching presentation. Today, any orthodontist has the capability to assemble a lecture or presentation for a group of dentists. What if you were invited to give a 1 hour presentation about orthodontics to a local dental society, study club or other specialty group? How would you structure the presentation? Will you teach or lecture? Teaching and lecturing are not synonymous terms. Anyone can stand in front of an audience and lecture. However, the audience may not learn anything, if the presentation is not structured and delivered properly. Since most orthodontists have little training in the fundamentals of teaching, their presentations are often ineffective, and simply become a ‘show and tell’ lecture. However, there are specific teaching principals that can make any presentation a valuable learning experience for the audience. Part 1 of this article identified, illustrated and discussed the first five guidelines for creating an effective teaching presentation. First and foremost, you must know your audience and select a topic that will keep them engaged. Then you must determine the scope of your presentation – breadth versus depth. Thirdly, determine the amount of material you can effectively cover in your allotted time. Fourthly, you must engage the audience from the start with a powerful and meaningful introduction. Fifthly, you should speak with a conversational tone in order to keep the audience engaged. Part 2 of this article will identify, illustrate and discuss the final five guidelines that should help any orthodontist develop a more meaningful presentation and become a more effective teacher.

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