The Write-to-Learn demonstrations in general for all of us were very good. It is a good way to learn different strategies and presentation skills. The variety of strategies and different presentation techniques made the learning very interesting and engaging and will be useful.
I presented on Microthemes. I used prezi.com to create a visual and to keep the presentation organized. In my presentation, I showed the basic strategy in a step by step list form and then had a lesson attached to demonstrate the strategy. The lesson consisted of introducing a video clip, watching the clip, discussing the information, summarizing the information on a note card, pair/sharing and updating the information, and turning the card in for assessment/feedback. I had prepared a handout for the group with the step by step process and room for notes.
The presentation was engaging and well-organized; however, the video clip was too long. Because of this, I had to cut time from the most important part of the demonstration which was the discussion, summarizing, pair/sharing and updating the note-cards. In essence, I had to cut the actual use of the strategy. So the rest of the group got good information, but did not get a chance to really use the technique. The assessment of the information also pointed out that I had failed to provide any model or instruction on writing a good summary.
If I were to do this presentation over, I would keep the prez.com presentation format, and the same organization. However, I would choose a much shorter video clip in order to leave time for the students to discuss, write, share and update. I would add information on how to write a good summary and provide a model. I would place this information at the beginning when I present the basic strategy. The model would be a summary of the basic strategy. Then I would go over the key elements of writing a good summary during the demo lesson just before giving the students the note cards.
Although there were many things I would do to make this presentation better, I feel it was still a successful demonstration. It was also one of the more inspired presentations I have done in that I had a very good idea from the start what I wanted to do and how to do it. Perhaps, this is why I missed some key steps.
I learned from creating and presenting the demonstration and from the assessment of the presentation. In addition, I learned some very good strategies and ways to use strategies from my classmates.