a postmodern lecture

I agreed to give a lecture on postmodernity for the class I TA last week.  But as I was planning this lecture, I thought it would be not very postmodern and more than a little boring of me to just stand and talk about postmodernity.  So instead, I designed a participatory lecture.  I wrote down different points of the lecture on notecards, shuffled them, and then passed them out to any students who were willing to take one.  The notecards had one of three markings on them, and when I indicated one of the markings, those students with that marking on the card read their notecards in whatever order ended up happening.  I introduced the lecture (not from the front, though – standing at the side of the room), and indicated when it was time to transition between sections (while moving about the room).  Thus, it was a structured but still participatory and somewhat spontaneous lecture.  I’ve uploaded the lecture notes for any who are interested.  They can be found here.


emily posted on May 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm

This is very COOL, David! I think this is a grand pedagogy for ensuring there is no grand masterful narrative marginalizing some while privileging others! It is a welcoming a co-creation/construction of meaning-making and community-building. Looking forward to hearing more!

Beth posted on May 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Wonderful idea! We learn not only by listening but primarily by doing. I love how you taught your students about postmodernism by allowing them to “do” it (metaphorically speaking of course!).

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