L20 Student Workshop Guide

  1. 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.

Possible Activities

Activity Typical Time Process
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.