Reflections on teaching ideas

Strategies used to make ideas and concepts easier for your audience to understand. 

A few “business culture” articles came to mind with INC.’s “How to Make Complex Ideas Easy to Understand for Everyone” and Presentation Guru’s “The Best Way to Explain Complex Concepts. We view these and other resources from an adult learning/ business perspective. 

How to Make Complex Ideas Easy to Understand for Everyone, Matt Eventoff, The Muse INC. (2017)
  1. Get to Know Your Audience
  2. Choose the “One Thing” They Should Understand
  3. Give Context and Use Examples
  4. Watch Your Language

https://www.inc.com/the-muse/how-to-make-complex-ideas-easy-to-understand.html

The Best Way to Explain Complex Concepts – Part 1, Jim Harvey Presentation Guru (2017)

Jim Harvey   Posted on 24th January 2017

8 SIMPLE IDEAS FOR CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND EXPLANATION

  1. Understand your audience
  2. Define your terms
  3. Classify and divide your concept into ‘chunks’
  4. Compare and contrast
  5. Tell a story or give an example to illustrate the process or concept
  6. Illustrate with examples
  7. Show Causes or Effects
  8. Compare new concepts to familiar ones

https://www.presentation-guru.com/the-best-way-to-explain-complex-concepts-part-1/

Writing Environment

When I am grading assignments or coming up with analyzing compositional elements of a photograph for future books, I try working in different areas of the house and of course remove myself from grandkids who are off school due to inclement weather. At times I will drive to Panera to work on ideas over coffee in front of the fireplace.

I gleaned a few ideas from this web article (2016) on the best writing environment.  After reading it, I believe we are all different in creating our own best environment for creative endeavors.  It appears the target audience for the article is younger aspiring writers. 

“And it takes getting serious about unplugging your devices. Take your phone off the desk, turn off any iPads, kindles or music players, and don’t give in to the temptation to open (yet) another web page.”   

THE 3 BEST WRITING ENVIRONMENTS FOR PRODUCTIVITY, ANALYSIS AND CREATIVITY  https://authorunlimited.com/writing-environment/