A few years ago, my students matriculated through two days of student presentations. IT WAS PAINFUL! I was bored! They were bored! The novelty wore off after about three presentations. It wasn’t that there weren’t some good ones…there were, but many were low energy, filled with endless bullet points, and were rehashing tired topics. Once a student gave their presentation or grasped a concept, they had little incentive to listen to the next gabfest. I vowed I wasn’t going to do this to my kids again!
Enter...the Gallery Walk. Here’s a very brief video on how a large number of students can present simultaneously:
The video presents a scenario where 9 students present simultaneously. You can expand this idea. In my class, I had 27 students presenting simultaneously. And…don’t be afraid if you don’t have a multiple of 3 like 27. I have 27 students, but without fail, two of my kids were absent on presentation day. That will happen!
On today’s episode, two of my students Kat Brammer and Peter Pohlod will discuss their experiences in the Gallery Walk. Here are links to the project prompts before, during, and after the presentations:
This is the cheesy after school special the presentation was based upon:
Many student presentations are NOT engaging.
Unleash the Gallery Walk.
What You Can Do Tomorrow:
- Watch the Gallery Walk video
- Sort students into groups of 3
- Designate 3 important concepts from the unit you’re currently studying for presentations
- Decide what form the presentations will take
Student presentations do not have to be a tedious marathon. Institute the Gallery Walk and watch engagement soar!