Tuesday, October 23, 2018

BAM Student Presenters

Today is an exciting day. After school, I am sharing a presentation with the staff at my school. They have five or six choices and I'm offering one of them. The exciting part is co-presenters. I am presenting with seven of my seventh-grade students. 

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague of mine, the brilliant Mrs. Jenny Miller,  came into my communications classes to teach the students skills that will help them become skilled interviewers and presenters. The kids loved it. I saw their eyes light up. They came alive! 

It turned out that I had been invited to present today. It seemed like a quick turn-around, but I asked for volunteers. In one class, eight students asked to do this with me. We met and they brainstormed ideas. They created the promo video to get the audience to pick our presentation!
I showed them how I plan out my presentations and they watched carefully. We decided on the message and the things we wanted the participants to do during our 45 minutes. 

The next class, those same students took the tasks that needed to be done and did them...they did them all without any guidance or help from me. They worked as a team and created amazing videos to complement our presentation. I put all of our ideas and videos into a slideshow.

Today, we will meet during lunch and during class to split up the presenting and to rehearse. These students are so incredibly excited that they have something to share and that there is an audience for their story. I'm so excited to watch their enthusiasm and guide them to a successful presentation. 

Today is going to be a great day! Come back next week, I'll write all about it. 

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  1. Good luck! Love the video.

  2. Trust the students. Challenge the students.
    It will be fabulous!

  3. This is super exciting! Wishing you all the best! I hope the first experience is positive for the students and that they have many more opportunities to present together with you.

  4. The students will do so well. It's all very engaging with a real world feel to it. My favorite assignments are those that are challenging and realistic.

  5. So great! Your students are so lucky to have you as their teacher! I cannot wait to hear how it went!


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