Presentations- electronic, or otherwise are a powerful medium of delivering mundane content interestingly and providing positive learning experiences. Teachers at Staford School use it on a day-to-day basis. This time round, we decided to let the students take on the role of a teacher and thus allow them to polish their skills of effective communication, while revising concepts learnt in class.
A class presentation for topics from science and social science was held on 24th and 25th February 2014 for classes 4, 5 and 6. The presentations were held in the second, third and fourth period in front of the class, subject teachers and the Principal who witnessed the effective delivery of the concepts mastered by the young Stafordians.
There were two small presentations by class IV. Two students of class IV, Zainul and Ali Abbas chose to speak on Air and its importance while Suryansh Gupta stressed on the importance of fresh and healthy food. Ali Abbas explained the terms like inhaling and exhaling by asking the students to do the same. We all have heard a phrase “as light as air” but through a simple activity, he proved that however light it may feel, air does have weight.
Zainul Abidin Naqvi used a live demonstration to explain that oxygen is necessary for burning. He took two glass jars and two candles. He lighted both the candles. Then he covered one candle with a jar and left the other uncovered. The first candle extinguished as soon as its oxygen supply ran out.
Suryansh Gupta made a chart that asked students to “Say “NO” to junk foods” and explained the benefits of eating fresh and healthy foods. Eating only junk foods invite a lot of diseases. He stressed on the need and importance of eating the right kind of food to remain healthy and active.
Class V gave a series of presentations on topics related to Science and Social Studies. The first group chose ‘Herbivores’ as their topic. The presentation was given by Ansh and Dhairya who elicudated the eating habits of herbivores. Pragati and Maryam Fatima chose to review the topic ‘Carnivores’, where they laid stress on their eating habits and few interesting facts related to the carnivores. Ritesh and Roma told the class about the functions of the nose as a vital body part, while Yashi and Qareen gave a presentation on the importance of eyes and its various parts. There was also an interesting presentation through a live demonstration of a volcanic eruption by Hamza, Vayapak and Murtaza who demonstrated this process using baking soda and white vinegar.
The topic for presentation chosen by students of class VI was Plants:- Getting to know them. The class presentation was held in third period. The students of class VI prepared a colourful powerpoint presentation on the topic, delivered by three students, Maliha Fatima, Nausheen Noor and Umama Junaid. The topic was introduced by Nausheen who went on to explain the “Root System.” Maliha took over from Nausheen and explained the “Shoot System” passing on the baton to, Umama who explained the leaf, flower and fruit as parts of the plants and explained the structure and details of the process of “Pollination.” The students made good use of teaching aids to explain the topic. The presentation was followed by a Question-Answer session in which the other students of the class asked questions on the topics covered in the presentation. It was great to see that each question was answered adeptly by the presenters.
The presentations were a great opportunity for the children to come together as a team and explore the topics in their textbooks in ways that appealed them the most. The opportunity aimed at consolidating the learning, building the confidence of exploring, explaining, and analyzing the text, and enhancing the communication skills of the students was successful in achieving its aim. This exercise allowed room for self-expression, interaction, enjoying the limelight, showcasing hidden talents, and boosting self –esteem of all the participants. This innovative form of self-study was a thoroughly successful and enjoyable way of revising for the exams.