Learning Objective #4 Teacher interview

Mr. Michael Russo

Mr. Russo and I met on library bridge and walked to his office to begin the interview. I ran into a slight problem finding somewhere to mount my phone to record the interview, but we put our heads together and found a good angle. I learned a lot giving this interview. I never knew that being on the giving end of the questions can be just as hard as being on the receiving end sometimes. Responding and keeping the environment comfortable is a responsibility for the interviewer and can be difficult.


How did you choose this profession

Favorite part about teaching

Most interesting story throughout teaching

Favorite book and why

What is the greatest non-academic skill that college students today lack?

Fondest childhood memory

Best advice you were ever given

Future goals/plans

For some reason neither YouTube nor Vimeo accepted my video even after a lot of watching videos and trial and error. Given the time I spent editing the video this was pretty frustrating. I sent an email to you with the video attached instead


Talking with my teacher one on one was a really good experience for me because we talk a lot in the classroom but can't really get off track. I chose Mr. Russo because he is very personable and involved with his students and also he hints at his personal life from time to time and I really wanted to know as much as he wanted to tell. Also, learning how to use Adobe Premier Pro efficiently was really fun. Uploading it and integrating was a tricky and a little bit frustrating but it felt good to produce something that I worked hard on.

Self-designed exhibit

Presentation skills

For this self-designed experiment, I decided to record myself giving a short speech to see if there were any subconscious movements that I made that could distract my audience in the future. I got this idea while watching my roommate present a speech of his and critiquing his subconscious fidgeting.

Being able to present comfortably is important because you will not be able to get your ideas across to your audience if you are distracting them with little movements or facial expressions. Watching President Obama speech gives me a good idea of how a composed speaker should present themselves and carry themselves through a speech.

As I expected, there were a few things that I was doing that I would have denied had I not been seeing it with my own eyes. After seeing myself rock back and forth and bite my lips repeatedly, I was determined to present formally over and over until I could be comfortable enough to cut these habits out.

I found that smiling almost excessively while giving a formal presentation is a good practice for me. Not only will it make me seem comfortable and approachable, but also it forces me to cut the lip-biting habit that has no doubt been distracting my audiences for a while.


The first couple of times that I presented, I was so focused on not reproducing the fidgets that I saw in the video that I was tripping over my words and losing my train of thought to the point where I was almost too embarrassed to try again in front of people. After much practice I found that I have cut down on these habits and now feel much more comfortable presenting knowing that I look comfortable to my audience.


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