>my .ppts are too minimalistic, because I use plain white backgrounds.
I don't know which version you use but there exist neat templates that make it look a bit more elegant, most are crap or business themed tho.
>I honestly think power-point presentations are only good for keeping the retards somewhat engaged with the "shiny" pictures
It is used as orientation and Gedankenstütze, when I see a pp and somebody is talking I can see the core statements and don't have to remember them all while the lecturer talks.
Don't underestimate the power of pictures to underline your points or used visualization of certain statements you make, the human is also an aesthetic being, you should know that :1
E.g. I used a smug picture of Frantz Fanon when I gave a presentation on one of his texts, because Fanon gave me the impression of being smug and I found it funny to use a picture that underlines his arrogance and he knew that this arrogance was necessary btw.
in certain aspects, while talking about his biography.
>it hardly matters how it looks. What matters is what the lecture giver says.
Form and content, Form und Inhalt ... Aristotle or Hegel would rotate in their graves when they would have read that as a German proverb would put it I say this in a jokingly manner
. So no, I think both is important. Ofc in an ordinary seminar without any pp what a lecturer says is important but once a screen comes into play you have to make it pleasant to the eye in my point of view, even to retards.
You sometimes get assigned texts, not always. Yet ranging from 25-60p you can give a 10-15min talk, just really condense a text to its main points: method not really necessary and nobody would expect that in school anyway
, context/relevance when it's a primary source
source[/spoiler] but ofc the holy grails: thesis and argument, mere facts are only important when they are relevant for the latter. Need to talk about a famous poem? Don't give a detailed 10min bio of the author, but make it 1-2min and concentrate on the poem in all it's possible aspects. An anecdote or humorous passage within a source or secondary lit. can ease the mood perhaps not in school tho :DDD, most pupils won't get it or even interested as far as my experience is
It's not carved in stone and needs to be adjusted to every text so there is an amount of Spielraum I don't know which english word would fit best here
You need to learn to make it short and present the heart and lung of a text/thing. When you can talk 45min, brilliant! Maybe you will need that skill later in life, keeping it short every time is not wanted either, e.g. in university you maybe will need to guide a 90min class.