I'm TA'ing for a class this quarter, as I mentioned... and yesterday I gave my first in-class lecture... on the development of modern and postmodern philosophy! Needless to say, I spent several hours trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to say, compiling notes from previous classes I had taken (Jeff let me organize this one!) and adding my own thoughts. I really wasn't sure what to expect, but it went well, and everyone seemed to "get" what I was saying, so I felt good about that.
Essentially, I gave a brief overview of Platonic and Aristotelian thought, then jumped to Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Derrida. I am not an expert on any of these philosophers, but Hegel and Heidegger were especially difficult to explain, at least for me. Hegel, especially, was really brief -- all I did was describe some basic points and try to explain the purpose of his "dialectic" (although that still took more time than any other section!). Derrida is just as confusing to read as Hegel (IMO), but it seems as though his basic ideas can be distilled to pretty basic statements. Luckily, Jeff was there to chime in when I really got stumped by questions. :-)
But, praise God, I survived! Actually, I really enjoyed it and I'm thankful to Jeff Keuss for giving me the opportunity. I get to lecture again in a couple weeks on the "hermeneutics of suspicion." A couple things I took away from the experience: Come up with examples beforehand and write them down! Finding simple ways to relate concepts to others isn't easy, and having them available in my notes would be very wise. Also, I'm glad I decided to use a handout/outline, but powerpoint would have been even better. Just lecturing with no additional visual materials doesn't seem to work well, at least from my experience, and the comments from classmates/students. Third - and this will take time - I have to learn to get comfortable responding to questions. I still struggle sometimes to formulate my thoughts since I have no idea what questions to expect.
Anyway, I like lecturing! That's basically the distilled version of this post. :-)