Your Work is a Present (so present it)!
Lesson 7 of 7
Objective: SWBAT speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
Why this Lesson?
It is crucial that we provide our students with many opportunities to present their knowledge. Not only does this process encourage our students to take ownership of their learning, but it also allows them an avenue to either 1) practice their speaking skills, or 2) practice their listening skills. As long as we make this presentation process enjoyable, students will elate in it; they won't even notice they're learning!
Every day, I like to have at least 3 or 4 students present their knowledge.
The easiest way I have found to do this is to have them present some of their writing.
No matter what is going on in my classroom, I have students create at least one piece of writing before we go to lunch each day. After I collect student writing, I look at it and try to decide who did a good job mastering the task I assigned. Once I find 3 or 4 student writing pieces that I feel really connected to my assignment, I choose those students to be my presenters for the day!
For this exercise, all I use is a special presenting tool- right now, I use my rocking chair, but I have also used a box to stand on, a special hat to wear and even a megaphone (on low volume).
After I choose my presenters, I give their writing back to them. They have about five minutes to re-read and re-read their own writing.
Why? I want students to:
1- be able to make necessary edits
2- read their own writing for meaning
3- read their own writing fluently
While those students are re-reading their writing, I have the other students participating in some sort of mini-lesson on the carpet. After our mini-lesson, we review our speaking and listening rules and call our presenters up!
My presenters sit in the special chair and read their writing directly to the rest of our class. As the presenters read, I sit next to them and help them if they have trouble reading their own (sometimes misspelled) writing.
When the presenter is finished and ready for feedback and/or questions, they hold up the Speaking and Listening Question Sign to let the listeners know they can raise their hands. Students who are not presenting listen, and can follow up the presentation with a question or two- the presenter usually loves answering questions!
Once the presenter has read their work and has answered any questions that may have been asked, the listeners applaud the presenter and I call on one student to give some sort of positive feedback to the presenter! (Usually, the feedback for the presenter consists of either, "I really like how you wrote.... because..." or, "When you were talking.......") This feedback portion is very influential to both presenters and listeners alike, so it is an important step!
Assessing this Task
This task is short and sweet, and it is also easy to assess. I really like to listen to my students. I like to look for their speaking skills, as well as their presentation skills (inflection, etc).
One easy way I have chosen to assess students' presentations is by using an assessment checklist. I print this form on 1/2 sheets and use it for checking off skills on the front and adding notes and feedback on the back. I love to keep one of these sheets per month as a piece of my students' portfolio; meanwhile, I send the rest of the presentation checks home so that parents can see their child's strengths and weaknesses. This sheet proves to be helpful for my record keeping, helpful for my students when working at home and also helpful for when I am conferencing with my students about things they can improve upon.