In the age of NGSS and Common Core that focuses on content, soft skills and values such as grit will carry on for the rest of our students lives. Today our STEAM classes focused their time with making sure they are prepared with their presentation of their assigned Habits of Mind. In order for one to present well and effectively with clarity and precision, the presenter must know the purpose behind their presentation . . . The Why? Not knowing the goal of the presentation is like swim across the sea but not knowing where you are going. I scaffolded their script by generating a series of questions that include what is their habits of mind and the definition of their habits of mind in their own words and how does the text, graphics, and video , support the the definition of their habit of mind.
Integrated into this presentation is a section for reflection. What were their struggles and achievements? It is important for them to identify, verbally express, and write down the achievements and challenges within a project no matter how big or small the project is. Awareness of their strengths and weaknesses will encourage reiteration of their current skill level but will transcend into their next project because the learning experience through reflection has been solidified.
Students also had to defend their grade. In every project their is a presentation and within their presentation, student will have to use their rubric and defend their grade verbally. I want them to understand how to use the rubric and if they don’t understand how to defend the grade as a listener who listens to understand I am holding my student accountable by asking them questions to get them to the standard that I want them to be at.
Not only did I listen but someone was the timer and someone was recording presentations. Students had roles and were accountable to the flow of the process. Student picked 10 presenters and wrote down 1 positive and 1 needed improvement feedback. Leadership was integrated into the presentation.
The presentations were recorded and will be e-mailed to the students so they can see themselves present. Seeing yourself perform is hard but it is a blessing in disguise because you see your strengths and weakness before you. In fact, seeing yourself is one of the best feedback than someone giving you the feedback, in my opinion.
How can we use presentations so that student can express understanding of content and reflect on ones ability to demonstrate communication?