- This video gives an interesting explanation of the intersection between telling stories and giving good presentations.
2. Questions for Planning for Effective Workshops
The above video should give you some ideas about how to make a presentation that is engaging – but your full workshop should not be just a presentation. Please consider these questions and makes some notes about how best to keep your audience engaged throughout your workshop?
- How do I communicate the session’s objectives and activities?
- Are there different ways for participants to experience input (e.g. reading, listening, watching a video or role-play)?
- How will I engage participants in variety of activities?
- Are there opportunities for participants to write or draw?
- Is there an opportunity to include a video? When could I play music?
- How often will they talk to each other?
- How will participants recognize and reflect on their learning during the day?
- How will I close the day and appreciate their participation?
3. Before settling on how your workshop will play out, consider these activities for audience engagement.
|Small Groups Discussion||3-5 Minutes||Have participants get into small teams of 3-4 or table teams and discuss a question or respond to a video or reading|
|Short Reading||5-10 Minutes||Share a short reading, list of quotes or article for participants to read|
|Quick Write||2-5 Minutes||Give participants a question or prompt and have them write silently and individually.|
|Panel Discussion||10-15 Minutes||If there are more than one presenters, have them sit at the front of the room and have a discussion based on questions from the audience|
|Video Analysis||3-5 Minutes||Share a video with participants and have them discuss a question or prompt|
|Demonstration||5-10 Minutes||The presenter demonstrates a tool or activity with participants to show them how to do it|
|Hands-on Experimentation||10-15 minutes||Participants engage in using a tool or activity themselves to learn it.|
|Jigsaw||10-15 minutes||Split a reading into 3 or more sections, have participants read them section, and then share it with their team|
|Turn and Talk||1-2 minutes||Participants quickly turn and talk with a person near them|
|Round Robin||2-5 minutes||Participants share one idea or answer to a question in a team of 4 or more by taking turns. Participants do not respond to each other’s ideas until the end|
|Chalk Talk||5-10 minutes||Participants silently write on a poster in a team of 4 or more. They write ideas, draw images, ask questions all on the paper|
|Presentation T-Chart||Whole Time||Participants take notes on a T-Chart graphic organizer provided to them. Presenter provides questions on the left side of the T-Chart for participants to answer as the presentation occurs|
4. Now that you have considered various aspects of your workshop, start planning:
- What aspects of your subject will be communicated in your presentation.
- What aspects of your subject will be communicated through discussion/activities.
- How will you sequence your presentation?
5. Come up with a plan and share it with your mentor teacher.