Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Presentation Post-Mortem Suggestions

  1. If you are having students do presentations in-class on the last day of class and you do not want class to go over, then you need to politely thank the group at the end of their allotted time and then have the next group go. You've seen this done at conferences. You can do it in your class. This is especially true if you were planning on saying something in summary after the last group finishes.

  2. If you are assigned a 4-5 minute presentation, only talk for 4-5 minutes.

  3. Just because it is a group project does not mean that everyone in the group needs to speak.

  4. If the assignment sheet has a list of three questions and states, "You will be graded based on how well you answer these questions," then that sets up a really good way to structure your presentation. First you answer the first question. Then you answer the second question. And then you answer the third question. If there is still time left, you can summarize.

  5. No one is going to read the words on your slide. This is especially true if they are black words on a red background. (!!!!!!) Also, if there are 15 words on your slide, there are too many words on it.