Preparing your whole self before teaching

Teaching is an activity that engages various modalities. Besides constructing lesson plans, creating powepoint presentations and workshop activities, instructors also have to perform the function of teaching using all of their physical senses. Similar to other types of public performance, teaching demands that we are prepared not only technically, but  mentally and physically as well. Most of us have experienced feeling nervous, tired and physically uncomfortable before teaching – this comes with the territory, which is why it is recommended to try some physical exercises before teaching in order to relax and prepare your whole self. Check out the body, breathing, and voice exercises on the following link, and consider adding some of these to your ‘pre-teaching ritual’:

 http://www.lib.utexas.edu/services/instruction/tips/ic/ic_before.html

For other Teaching Tips and more Teaching Resources see:

LINC Toolkit – Teaching Resources

Thank you,

The Library Instruction Committee

 

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