In my lesson openers I always have a "connect" in which I connect students' thinking about yesterday's lesson to today's lesson. I then have a "teach" in which I model for students the lesson of the day and also have them try it out. When I think about my modeling, I use three categories; skill, strategy, and process. I model by stating the skill to the students, then giving them a strategy in which to use the skill, followed by the process to try out the strategy.
Connect: I will say, “We have been working hard on our invention/business idea and now it is time to present them.
Teach: I will say, I am going to practice the skill of presenting by using a visual display. I am going to use the strategy of presenting my main points by using an appropriate volume and showing a visual display that helps others understand my project. The process I will use is as follows:
1) Come prepared with my main points and presentation finished
2) Make eye contact and use an appropriate volume
3) Speak clearly and coherently
4) Be prepared with possible answers to questions
I will remind the students of the rubric that they put in their own words from the prior day. Then I will show the students how I present my invention by having my main points prepared on index cards. I will also make eye contact and use an appropriate volume of my voice. I will then make sure I am speaking clearly and coherently.*
*If possible, I will have my 8th graders present instead of me to increase student engagement and ownership.
Active Engagement: I will say, “As I go through these steps, I will stop and ask students what they noticed about my presentation. I will ask the students to fill out their presentation notes handout and then ask questions about what they didn’t understand about the questions asked. (at least 3 students-one who is at standard, one is approaching standard, and one who is above standard).
Student Presentations: Students will present in groups or individually by using “Prezis” and note cards that they have prepared the days prior. As students are presenting, the rest of the class is taking notes and preparing questions for the presenters. They are modifying their views on the topic and analyzing the main ideas presented. At the end of the presentation, the students will take at least two questions from their peers to answer.
Closing: For closing today students will be asked to fill out their reflection sheet. If they did not present today, they will be asked, "What do you predict your will do well during your presentation tomorrow? What do you need to work on in order to be prepared?