I have issues with presentations. They remind me of sad, middle management meetings in grey offices all over the world, where lots of people nod and look pleased with themselves. My year 8 classes have just finished a small presentation task around limiting water usage in the UK. They were not bad, if a little far fetched. But the most annoying part was the lack of spectacle so for their end of term assessment ( a pitch for a brownfield development of the school site) I have chosen something different.
To enhance the idea of spectacle and the fact that we have had some practice on public speaking, I have booked the hall for the final lesson. Now there are no exams and PE are outside, we are going to crank up the sound system ( each group has to have a theme tune to walk on to), turn the spotlights on and focus in for the razzledazzle of redeveloping our school. To heighten the tension, SLT members have filmed the design brief to start the task and will decide on the best pitch.
To add a bit of guerrilla Geography ( shout out to Dan Raven-Ellison) to the task, once the pupils have decided on how to redevelop the school, they have to complete the attached planning permission sheet and post it in the correct location in the school. This is without telling the caretakers, so that could be interesting, but has meant they are quite excited about where they are developing.
I am hoping that exposing the pupils to this kind of environment will help them build confidence in their public speaking, really think about how to present their information and hone their talents of presentation. I will post some photos once they are done, but I am thoroughly looking forward to it!