A few years back, I was grousing with colleagues about an upcoming week of fourth-quarter speech evaluations when a friend in the history department gave me one of those duh-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moments. (Thanks, S.W.!)
Instead of scheduling a full week of student presentations (8 speakers per day x 4 days = all 32 kids done but I’m wrung out), he wisely suggested I spread the speeches over a month. His obvious fix worked like a charm.
Call me weird, but I now enjoy student speech assignments. It’s fun to sit in the audience and have a student educate and entertain the class for a few minutes – not to mention, I love not having any prep work on the night before speech days. Just keepin’ it real, folks. But, as with that divine pink box from the Donut Shop, there’s only so many sweet treats I can consume before I start to feel ill. By sliding to a once-per-week serving of student speeches, I’m now able to enjoy each fresh batch and the audience members, who have sat through more than their share of pained student presentations over the years, also seem to appreciate this rationed approach.
Facing presentation fatigue? Just slide around that calendar until it works for you.
Teach on, everyone!