Wednesday, March 19, 2014

First conference presentation

I presented at the conference on Saturday as planned, without baby, as planned. We took the metro in. I got off at my stop and Jeremy and the kids continued on a few stops farther to do some errands. I gave Jeremy a bottle as his last line of defense against a starving Sterling and an unforeseen delay on the metro on his way back to me. Jeremy did end up trying it with Sterling but he was, to use Jeremy's word, "offended." Fortunately, we were reunited before things got desperate.

This was my first conference presentation. This conference is the real deal - the biggest one in my field in this region. My presentation was a tweaked version of some research I did for my MA (The Power of YouTube - about using YouTube videos in class), and it was lots of fun to present. I had a full house in my session (60ish people) and everyone was really good about participating when I asked them to. Because a major part of my 45-minute presentation was viewing excerpts from YouTube videos and evaluating their appropriateness for a particular (the attendees') teaching context.

So of course, I had to include a "bad" example - a video that might seem like a good idea but actually wasn't. Obviously I couldn't show a horrifically inappropriate video at the conference, so I had to choose something more subtle to make my point. I chose Saudis in Audis. Personally, I think that video is hilarious and I quote from it regularly. I think it's clever and smart and well produced. However, if I were to show that to students here, I would be taking a big risk. Some, perhaps most, would also find it funny, especially if their language skills were good enough to understand the level of satiric humor going on here. But there is a big chance that many students, especially Saudi ones, would take one look at the faux-dishdashes and keffiyahs and absolutely bristle.

Sure enough, when I showed it during my session, there were a lot of laughs while it played but when it was over, almost every person in there said there is no way they would ever show that in their classroom (mostly in the Arab world, or teaching Arabs in the UK or Australia). So it fulfilled its purpose of being a good example of a bad video for certain teaching contexts. (It's worth noting, however, that the one Saudi woman in the room said she thought it was hilarious.)

Anyway, the session went well and even though I looked forward to it for a long time, I am so glad it's over!


Crys said...

Haha! I forgot how funny that was. Yesterday I was watching some Brother Jake videos. It's this Mormon guy who tackles things like modesty, blacks and the priesthood, prophets. I was laughing my head off (although also kind of feeling a little sad) and j asked to watch some with me. He did not think they were nearly as funny. I think that vaguely sad part overwhelmed him a little to offensive. I imagine if a teacher showed those at BYU they'd probably end up offending most of the class even if people thought they were funny. Sterling is looking adorable! What is with the no bottle thing. My kids were all like that. Even if I could maybe get them to take one at the dry beginning a few months in they would act offended often to the point of outrage if we ever tried one. They'd give this look of, "what the heck do you think you are doing. Get that plastic thing out of my mouth." Hello baby, you are starving. I can't believe I nursed those last two nipple snobs almost two years a piece. I apparently am a little nuts :)

Nancy said...

Good job on your presentation! I'm just going to assume it was good...from what you said it was! :)

None of my babies have ever taken a bottle either. Not even our occupational therapist could get Benjamin to take a bottle in the hospital (often they'll try to get babies taking a long time to learn how to eat to take a bottle because bottles are easier for the baby to get milk out of than a breast). That's just another reason why I don't think [conferences, etc.] should turn a nursing mother away...ahem. Anyway, I'm glad that Jeremy and Sterling survived each other. ;)

Kathy Haynie said...

Wonderful! I am sure your presentation was professional, informative AND fun. Something that attendees could go home and use in their setting right away - the best kind of presentation, in my opinion. (And just for the record, none of my 5 bf babies ever took bottles, either. Sterling has impeccable taste.)

Jen said...

YAY! Sounds great!

(My breastfed babies didn't want anything to do with bottles, either. Once, when Blake was 12 months old, we took him to the ER with croup.....the doctor gave us several hours to get him rehydrated, but after he wouldn't take a bottle or a syringe with electrolytes, he had to get an IV. So when given the choice between a bottle and IV fluids, clearly my children are anti-bottle.)

Also? Adorable, Sterling. Adorable.


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