Impromptu Speeches (Wednesday Challenge)

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge, courtesy of Long and Short Reviews. These guys put together a weekly challenge for book nerds, so here I am, reporting for duty!


This Week’s Challenge: Topic(s) I Could Give an Impromptu Speech On

Oh boy. Here we go. Buckle your seat belts book nerds and educators! I have a speech for both audiences today!

How to Prep a Book for a Sequel

This is one of my biggest pet peeves from authors. I absolutely love getting hyped up for a long book series. However, many authors do not set them up correctly.

I’ve read so many authors that do this, but I’m not going to call anyone out specifically. It is the author’s job to end that book’s plot before starting a new one. Many authors extend their plots to cover multiple books, and that’s okay if each one has a strict sub-plot.

Harry Potter, for instance, has a long plot. However, each book has its own subplot. Each book has its own story, which is wrapped up by the end of that book.

It drives me crazy when authors extend their plots to multiple books, leaving the previous one with a massive cliffhanger. That’s not what sequels are. You wrap up the plot of that book and then at the end, introduce a new problem for the next book to solve.

Which series has the best transitions, in your opinion? Answer in the comments!

The Power of Differentiation

Educators! This one is for you!

If you have kids, you’ll probably appreciate this, too.

I have five years of experience as a teacher librarian and part of my job was to help teachers differentiate their lessons. Differentiation, basically, means tailoring a lesson for all kids to be able to understand the concepts.

There’s a saying about not expecting a fish to climb a tree. If we hold all students to the same standards, some are bound to fail. Not all students learn the same way. Not all students are good at the same things. That’s the beauty of being human.

Sometimes, I feel as though education is trying to teach the human out of us. Learning is supposed to be a fun experience. It’s not supposed to be memorization and regurgitation. I think if more administrators allowed their teachers to teach the way they wanted to teach, differentiation would be more prominent in classrooms.

Addiction to Technology

I figured I wrote a mini-speech for readers and for teachers… let’s do something unrelated.

We, as humans, are entirely too dependent on technology. I’m not one of those grandma’s that’s telling everyone that technology is horrible, but I am saying that technology addiction is real and it’s a prominent problem.

If I lost my phone, I’d be a wreck. Don’t get me wrong. My phone has my life on it. I’m not anti-technology, but we do need to dial it back a little. I’m not on my phone 24/7 and too much screen time gives me migraines.

When I ask my students to put their phones away so they can focus on the lesson at hand, they flip out. I’m not even taking them at this point! Just telling them to put it away.

Parents are ignoring their kids because they’re binge-watching a new show on Netflix and can’t be bothered. Spouses are ignoring each other completely, favoring their phones instead of interaction.

Everyone is so dependent on technology that when WiFi cuts out, we all lose our minds. I’m guilty of this, too, but I know it’s an issue.

I propose that we at least try to make personal communication versus virtual communication a thing. I’m a reader; I’m an introvert. I don’t like hanging out with people because it’s socially exhausting. However, I prefer close relationships with people over the virtual ones that aren’t real.

I think we need to go back to basics, or at least find a healthy medium.

So, yeah. I hope you enjoyed my TED Talk!

Sarah

Hi, everyone! I have worked in the field of education since I was nineteen and have a passion for literature. I have five years of experience as a library media specialist (paraprofessional), 2 years as a substitute teacher, and I am currently a general education paraprofessional. I have a Bachelor's in Library Media and Science, which I intend to use to eventually become a youth services librarian. I'm a proud book nerd, writer, gamer, hiker, and baker.

5 thoughts on “Impromptu Speeches (Wednesday Challenge)

    1. I hope it does liberate us technologically when we’re released from this lock down. However, I fear it’s going to make matters worse. Our youth will be even more acquainted with technology and armed with new excuses to use for access. I’m hoping it goes the opposite direction, but we still have a ways to go before we’ll be able to see that light at the end of the tunnel.

      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  1. I never set out to write a series, but the secondary characters are always so darned interesting! Then they start “talking” in my head, demanding their own romances also. And before I know it, I’ve got yet another series published.

    As for technology, we took our kids camping, and forbid them from using anything until it was bedtime and they were in their tents. Then they could watch movies, play games on their devices, etc. One has 2 small boys, and they like nothing better than to sit on your lap and have you read them book after book after book.

    But the average attention span is shrinking so much! I’ve read that most people will only spend a few seconds on your blog, reading a few words, then they’ll find something to click on and be gone. Sheesh! Then don’t go to MY blog! It took us generations to get to the point where someone was able to write “War and Peace.,” and others had the attention span to read it. Now we can’t concentrate for longer than a few seconds? Humanity is in big trouble!

    And with teenagers these days, they’ve identified a new issue: FOMO–Fear of Missing Out, suffered by teens who lose their phones, or their phone privileges. Or the battery dies. They get the shakes almost immediately, like drug addicts. Sad.

    1. I’m a pretty long winded writer, so they shouldn’t visit mine either! It’s sad that attention spans are dwindling. It’s also upsetting the teens are literally addicted to their tech. Like you said, they’ll get the shakes and go through withdrawal symptoms.

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