Less Is More

I believe I can become a better presenter if I stop trying to use presentation software to bombard my students with information. Often times, particularly when introducin

Bad Slides Ahead
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g new vocabulary, I have tried (with good intentions) to put as much information about a words as possible on a particular. In most cases, I would have synonyms and antonyms, a picture, sample sentences, and the part of speech smashed into a PowerPoint slide. After thinking about how to simplify, I will simply put the word, a picture, and a sample sentence on the slide. Then, I can illicit the part of speech, synonyms, and antonyms from the students. This will allow them to be more actively involved in the lesson, and the slides won’t seem as crowded. After the students have gotten the gist of it, they’ll probably be able to use these words more easily. Simply put: simplify! In this case, less is more.

Author: Mr. Matt Savill

I am an American citizen in my seventh year of teaching in Korea.

One thought on “Less Is More”

  1. I concur. Less is definitely more in most instances when it pertains to younger learners. Especially when teaching ESL. I think we often run the risk of inundating our students with information with additional information we think they need to know, eliminating the opportunity for them to come to their own conclusions. I know that most educators mean well, but we also should be aware that not every student processes the information that’s presented in the classroom in the same way as another.


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