Reflection: Routines and Procedures Applying Social Criticism Vocabulary - Section 3: Group Presentations


The first student presentation of the year, especially this early in the year, is always challenging because I don't know students that well and do not know what to expect. When students were presenting, they did quite well. The fact that students had information already written in advance definitely offered them support. The more challenging part was getting students to listen attentively to presentations. I was facing the fact that they still don't understand that a presentation is a two way street and that they are not just presenting to me but to the entire class. I did have to interrupt the presenters a couple of times to make this point to the entire class when I saw several students chatting during presentations. I had announced before the presentations began that when they are not presenting, their job is to listen attentively and give presenters their undivided attention. Next time, I would hold a clipboard with a class list on it to keep track of their behavior as audience as well as presenters. I would let them know in advance that I would be giving points for behaviors that contribute positively to the presentation and taking away points for behaviors that don't. I would show them the results immediately after the presentations for them to get immediate feedback.

  First Presentation of the School Year
  Routines and Procedures: First Presentation of the School Year
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Applying Social Criticism Vocabulary

Unit 12: Introduction to Routines, Skills and Techniques
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT apply new knowledge of Social Criticism vocabulary by connecting it to a text already read in class. SWBAT get a bit more comfortable speaking in front of class by preparing and delivering a group presentation.

Big Idea: Through collaborative work, students support each other when tackling a multi- layered task.

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English / Language Arts, Group Communication and Discussion, paragraph (Composition Basics), revision (Writing Process), presentation, discussions, social criticism, questioning technique
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