When I go about developing and giving classes like this I start with my audience in mind. I think about what I would like to learn if I were them. I have been in many seminars and classes where I wondered why the hell I was sitting there and I made a promise to myself that I would not want to do that. If I notice that I put people to sleep during my talks, I will retire. I decided to keep it interesting and fun. Put in a joke so now and then; yes, in one of my reviews someone called me flippant. But I believe in being active and giving it my full 150%. Getting back to my motel room I literally pass out and have to take a nap to recover enough to go to dinner.
Yes, I really love people and love to give them the tools to do what is best for this world. I believe that people need to coexist with each other and with the natural world; only we can make this a better place to live. We humans are that technological advanced that we can alter our environment instead of adapt to the environment. And that is what I like t OK convey. No I am not dangerous, but I want to give everyone the tools.
So how do I do this? I am very unconventional to my boss' frustration . I create a general outline of where I want to go with my classes. I know the audience and next I just start throwing things to PowerPoint. I first brood a lot. I design the class in my head and then at one point it gets together and I bleed on PowerPoint. I try to start with the background, or some introductory theory. In my plant class I started with parts of the plants. I went on to how we humans want to classify things or pigeon hole everything. After that I developed something an the importance of native plants. The laws and regulations were next, after which I talked about more practical things. I never develop speaker's notes. I don't know, but that's what my brooding is all about and the subsequent slides. I just start talking having some idea where I want to go and yes I make it up as I go but I never lie and the stuff I make up is always true and based on facts stored in that big head of mine. And yes, somehow it works. As I write this I am tired, but satisfied.
Oh well this is probably a very egocentric post, but hopefully I am teaching someone something about teaching and motivation.