Law and poetry.

Or, why communication skills are important for teachers.

So as I was busy being wowed by how podcasting is used in education, I discovered a lecture by Professor Lawrence Joseph titled “Why Poetry Matters”. The tagline for this was “Does law get to the bottom of things? Writing poetry – not an alternative but a necessity.”

This had me wow-ing even more, and I was determined to find out what the lecture was about. So as the podcast was downloading, I made breakfast for myself and when I was good and ready, I plunked myself down on my chair to commence breakfast and what I thought would be an interesting lecture.

Well, let’s put it this way – breakfast was interesting enough. Or maybe I should be slightly more transparent – the lecturer left much to be desired in terms of his communication skills.

Because I spent half the time trying not to be bored by his monotone, that was half the time lost to what would’ve been a very insightful lecture. I had to play back several portions of the lecture several times, so much so that I just gave up on watching the damn thing and decided to do a Google search instead.

I found a document that I think pretty much sums up his thesis and argument, but then again, I could be wrong, because I didn’t catch the entirety of what he was saying.

It’s kinda sad because it only serves to show that even the greatest technology won’t be able to help any teacher if her/his lesson or the way s/he conveys it is completely not engaging at all. Moreover, to have to use a text-based Internet source in place of the video is retrogressive and a complete waste of technology, time and effort.

Now, physician, heal thyself! *chuckles* I have to go create a lesson plan now!

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Laremy Lee

A versatile educator, writer and editor, Laremy Lee (李庭辉) has the uncanny knack of being one of the few among his generation in Singapore who crafts compelling stories in different genres.

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