Learning Styles – Brief Group Presentations

April 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

In last weeks study skills blog I presented an activity called “Pass The Pen” that is designed to get students involved. This really helps those students who are kinesthetic learners. Today I share another activity that can be used to help students of any learning style – Brief Group Presentations.

Brief Group Presentations

  • At the end of class, assign a particular problem to one group, based on the material covered that day. This can be selected from the homework exercises, or a problem of your own.
    The idea is to select a problem that you consider to be a core problem, because the class will benefit from seeing the problem solved by colleagues. It makes the problem seem more accessible to the class. At the same time, try to select a problem that you feel your students will be able to solve.
  • At the beginning of the next class they make a 5-minute presentation of their solution.
    Students make their presentation at the beginning of the next class. In addition to going over the solution before class, the group should have a rough script assigning duties. The group should also have a schedule.
  • The presentation should include auditory/visual components.
    By including auditory and visual components, the presentation will be accessible to all students. I score the presentations in the following categories: organization, boardwork, visual, auditory, effectiveness. Students know ahead of time that their presentation must have visual and auditory components.
  • Encourage them to use as much of the board as they can to present their work, and to make their explanations as clear and thorough as possible.

My students enjoy coming to the board and presenting their solutions. Kinesthetic learners benefit from getting up and getting involved at the board. The group process helps to develop strong bonds between students. The class gets to see “one more example” of an important problem, in a style that is accessible to them. It takes 5 minutes of class time, but the rewards are worth it.

If you have any experience with similar activities, or any ideas on learning styles in general,  I’d like to encourage you to share by leaving a comment, or reaching me through the contact page at my web site – georgewoodbury.com.

-George

I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Each Tuesday I post an article related to Math Study Skills on my blog. If there’s a particular study skill you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website – http://georgewoodbury.com.

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