Re: Lovers and Fools and Seething Brains
Mon, 24 Mar 1997 10:18:44 -0600

Katie Fischer wrote:
those readings whre it seems that the reader, him/herself is
>no longer interested in the topic, those readings filled with
>words-to-impress rather than words-to-mean -- those are my Lilliputian
>days when I wish I had the power to shrink and trickle out under the

Katie, ever witness the exodus of audience members at an NCTE session? I
don't know which is more painful -- sitting through a session like the one
you describe above, or the embarassment, and sometimes pain, I feel when
those with educations walk out on a presentation. Personally, I _loathe_
being read to, but if the *reader* presents well, as you discussed earlier,
then I learn quite a bit in the session.

At what point do we confuse *learning* and *entertainment* in conference
sessions? I know I'll probably get flamed for this question, but as a
conference presenter and educator, I wonder how to achieve the quality mix
that serves both ends of teaching and entertaining. [And flame away at me,
folks -- I defend my dissertation in a month, so I need some
hide-toughening! :-)]
Tracey J. Johnson



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