Reflection: Flexibility Evolution - Presentation Day - Section 2: Presentations


If you have ever assigned a project where all students demonstrate their learning the same way, you know what I mean when I say "death by presentation". There is no amount of speaker skills that make up for having all students present the same thing, the same way. This is one of the things I like about this project. It does not matter that all students completed a project that revealed their understanding of evolution since each presentation illustrated that understanding from a different perspective. This meant that all presentations were interesting in their own right.

That being said, I do have to say that I wish I had had more variety in their presentation product choices. As you saw in the video and student work examples, most used a slideshow, and even the teams that created a website, really used it as a modified slideshow. Although I try hard to shy away from dictating the form of the final product, and my students have access and know how to use a myriad of tools, I did not really notice that most had chosen slideshows. On the next run of the project I am thinking of having students sign up for products in order to encourage them to think about different ways to present.

I also was surprised by the fact that the designer species students did not take the hint about creating a model of their new species. It could do with time, or perhaps I should have been more direct, pointing out the models created in previous years that I still have on display.

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Evolution - Presentation Day

Unit 8: Evolution
Lesson 17 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to collaboratively present their final product for the evolution project , speaking clearly and understandably. Students will be able to use a rubric to evaluate their peer's presentations.

Big Idea: The reward for effort is recognition. Presentations recognize the high level of effort asked of students in the evolution project with a celebration of learning.

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