What if you have spent 6 hours to update a presentation and when you were ready to transfer the file in your memory stick and head to class, your computer crashes and stubbornly denies to start-up?
Well…, that was the case for me yesterday morning, before heading to Bloomsbury to deliver a session to Sociology students.
OK, things happen..
- What did I do wrong?
- How am I going to deliver the session without the presentation?
- How am I going to convey the message to visual learners?
- Are they going to learn anything?
- Am I going to deliver a boring session?
- How am I going to mention this catastrophe to the students?
- How am I going to meet their expectations for handouts without handouts?
- How am going to touch upon abstract topics without any visual aid?
- Are they going to hear what am I saying and think beyond what I am saying or are they going to engage with exhausting and exhaustive note-taking?
- How will I spark their imagination without pictures?
- Is there any lesson here for me?
- What if my computer is dead for good…
- That is a catastrophe! I have all the evidence of my Chartership stored in the PC… and pictures… and my latest report for LILAC (Librarians Information Literacy Conference) in which I will base the training session I will deliver to colleagues….
- OK, let’s think about it later… what am I going to do with the students in 2 hours from now…
- I had prepared nice examples to work around finding information on racism, homophobia in education, sexism in the UK society, etc. I don’t remember the worked examples…
- Is their lecturer going to panic when I tell her that I have no presentation?
- Is she going to book a session with me again?
- Are students going to trust me?
- Am I going to be seen as unprofessional in front of their eyes?
- I was looking so much forward to delivering this session….
- I had incorporated all my recent reflections and understanding in this presentation… what a disaster!
(to be continued)
Image credit: “Anatomical blogger, after Andreas Vesalius” by Mike Licht shared under CC-BY