Ah the dreaded oral presentation. Hmmm. I feel as if I’ve used that line before. Oh wait I did, on Monday
. Oral presentations have been end-of-unit assignments from the beginning of time, or at least since my time, which feels as long. I understand the appeal, but I can remember the terror. Students aren’t kind to one another, especially when it comes to being “bored.” Presentations have lots of room for “boredom.” They are however an expectation. See the common core standards
for further reminding.
So, how do you approach them in a way that isn’t terrifying or tedious for all parties?The answer lies within how you set the parameters. Speeches should be short. Expecting them to fill 3-5 minutes can be difficult for everyone involved. So today’s end-of-novel/unit project is something that utilizes short student speeches.It takes time to construct a meaningful speech. As a teacher I speak everyday. But I have a captive audience. They can’t leave. That doesn’t make me a good speaker.