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Effective Teaching Part 1 Effective Teaching Part 1

Author(s):

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

Date Added:

6/1/2006


Summary:

Today most orthodontists own a laptop computer that is equipped with PowerPoint (Microsoft Corporation) or some other type of presentation software. In addition, most orthodontists use a digital clinical camera with high resolution to gather photographic records of their patients before, during, and after orthodontic treatment. So any orthodontist has the capability to assemble a lecture or presentation for a group of dentists. What if you were invited to give a one-hour presentation about orthodontics to a local dental society, study club, or other specialty group? Would you accept? Most private practitioners would enjoy the opportunity to appear before their referring dentists and be recognized by their peers. What would you talk about? How would you structure the presentation? Will they like what you say? Will you teach or lecture? Now, you may think that teaching and lecturing are synonymous terms. But they are not. Anyone can stand in front of an audience and lecture. But 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 principles that can make any presentation a valuable learning experience for the audience. The following article will identify, illustrate, and discuss valuable guidelines that should help any orthodontist develop a more meaningful presentation and become a more effective teacher. The article is divided into two parts. In Part 1, we will discuss the formulation and organization of the presentation. In Part 2, we will provide information on the delivery, flow, and conclusion of the presentation.

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