I have been battling with myself as to whether spending time preparing a ‘snazzy’ PowerPoint and the accompanying resources is simply worth it? I guess, with my role, I don’t know if I can justify spending time doing this… BUT
I have been considering:
- Does it make a difference to the actual learning?
- Does it show I have made an effort and I expect that from my students?
- Does it make no difference what so ever, and therefore a waste of time?
- Does it raise engagement with the lesson as a stimulus?
- Does it create a personal element to the lessons?
- Visuals are clearly necessary for SEN/D students or in MFL for example.
- Is less more?
I guess, what I mean by snazzy isn’t an overload of animations and transitions. It is not an abundance of colour and busyness of slides.
(I am fully aware of the difficulties some students with autism face, or some students with visual impairments and so on.)
What I mean by my term- snazzy, is the care to select a particular font, high resolution image, separation of information through shapes, sizes, colours and so on. It is adding background to the PowerPoint, creating a change in colour schemes and so on.
Or is simply a black and white PowerPoint accompanied by high level questioning and inspirational teaching enough?
But, then what about a ‘snazzy’ PowerPoint and high level questioning and inspirational teaching? Will that make even more difference?
How do observers feel if they walk into a lesson with a plain presentation and resources? Or, to a whole staff CPD with similar?
Why do companies brand and market? Why do schools? Should we do similar in our classroom? Our lesson, our style, our bench mark?
I realise this post is effectively just a load of questions, but I am just thinking out loud…
My class blog contains some PowerPoints I use in my lessons- http://cheneyre.edublogs.org Is it time best spent, editing them to make them look ‘snazzy.’
Shouldn’t we all just use generic worksheets instead of personalised ones?
Let me know what you think?
#Teachers– Do you think it matters how snazzy your PowerPoint or resource sheet is? Does it make a difference2learning? RT4YES Fav4NO
— Amjad Ali (@ASTsupportAAli) March 12, 2015