ODYSSEY – DEMONSTRATION OF MASTERY PACKET
1. As a group choose your sub-culture (sign up on a first come basis). This must be complete by 4/14/09 at the end of class.
2. You will have two days (160 minutes of class time) in which to share your culture with the class.
3. After preliminary group research, select a concept as your focus. The rest of your exhibition should relate to this focus (question, theme, et.al.).
4. History literature, art, music, philosophy, geography (and anything else you think might be necessary) are content areas from which you should develop your focus.
5. Each group is responsible for creating a packet of pre-readings for the class. Assignments to be copied ahead of time can be copied by us. We will need at least ONE WEEK lead time if you wish us to copy class sets of readings.
· What pre-readings for the class (be sure to include due dates and instructions)
· Activities (keep the class active)
· Audio-visual needs (make slides early – video tape editing takes forever – don’t expect that it’ll get done somehow cause it won’t)
· Equipment needs (don’t take any equipment for granted – if you want to use something then sign it out ahead of time)
· Foods? (make them fast)
7. Timing is key – create an outline (one outline for each day) with times for each segment of the presentation to hand in before your exhibition (practice to know the times).
8. Be familiar with BOTH the teacher and the group evaluation criteria BEFORE YOU BEGIN PLANNING!
9. Dates to remember:
§ April 6 – Russian Unit Exam – in class essay
§ April 8 -- review planning backward strategies,
review group goals and norms
assign specific tasks for tomorrow’s prep day
draw the dates for the exhibitions + time available for initial planning
§ April 9 – Planning Day for your Demonstration
§ April 9 through April 27 – preparation days plus all of Spring Break if you are around
§ April 28 – first Demonstration of Mastery
v Please remember that the more prepared and organized you are for “in class preparation days” the less out of class work you will need to use.
v Be sure to clarify the purpose (the work to be done) of each of the preparation days. What does each person need to bring to be prepared for the work to be done?
1. PLANNING BACKWARDS -- three stages
a. body language
b. facial expression
a. voice (volume and tone)
b. eye contact
c. movement around the room
d. multiple focus points (is more than one person going to speak at a time? Then where are they going to set up around the room?)
a. select the highlights to be covered and let people know what to expect
b. think both big picture and short term (i.e., our rolling calendar vs. the “white board”)
c. lectures (remember they should be no longer than FIVE minutes) should have special bullets to key people to the data being spoken
5. “BACKGROUND DATA”
a. readings should be designed to give multiple viewpoints that lead the class to a place from which they can participate
b. keep instructions of what to look for clear
c. use the readings or don’t give them out
d. the readings should make us WANT to talk further about the topic
6. “VARIETY OF LESSON”
a. think of a variety of possible strategies for kids to talk, think and move
b. do you want a formal evaluation of what was learned?
· what purpose will this evaluation serve?
· what form of evaluation?
· who will grade it?
· who will place it in the rank book?
· when will it occur?
b. have a “plan B”
c. think of the two days as a block
8. “SET UP”
a. be prepared when the bell rings
b. take attendance during the opening structure
c. have any audio/visual stuff ready to go
ALWAYS ASK YOURSELF HOW WHATEVER YOU ARE PLANNING WILL HELP LEAD US TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR FOCUS.
DEMONSTRATION OF MASTERY 2009
Your individual grade is an average of the group evaluation’s percentage times the teachers’ evaluation of the groups’ performance.
GROUP# ________ GROUP NAME _________ YOUR NAME _________________
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION: (LIST YOUR GROUP’S GOALS/NORMS)
TEACHER EVALUATION OF THE DEMONSTRATIONS OF MASTERY
GROUP NAME ___________________ GROUP GRADE ________
GROUP MEMBERS __________________
CRITERIA FOR EVALUTAION:
1. Development of a clear and appropriate focus and/or hypothesis
2. Logical organization and presentation (this emphasizes preparation)
3. Use of appropriate data (history, literature, philosophy, art, et.al.) both as pre-readings and in the class
4. Development of multiple perspectives with connections created by the class
5. Production of a participatory learning model and creativity of the format
6. Team work
ODYSSEY: GROUP PRESENTATION SKILLS
2009 – STUDENT REFLECTION FORMS (USE THESE IDEAS AS YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT IS WORKING AND WHAT IS NOT WORKING -- THEN APPLY THE REFLECTION TO YOUR OWN PLANNING
MAIN IDEA(S) OF PRESENTATION
As I understand it, the main idea of this presentation is . . .
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF PRESENTATION
The key strengths of this presentation are . . .
The key weaknesses of this presentation are . . .
Another possible strategy might have been to . . .
This is a model of the kind of reflective thinking that will support the growth and development of presentation skills. You should use this for your own growth. Think about it as each of the demonstrations of mastery are unfolding.