Presentations and Passion in the Gifted Classroom

This week my 7th and 8th grade students are practicing presenting their passion projects to the class. As a class we sat and listened to each group give their presentation, and gave them some feed back to help improve their presentations.


I know these group of students real well. I have had them for multiple years, and have built up a report with them that allows me to be straight forward with them in regards to their work. I think they appreciate it, and it helps us move on and get some productive changes done.

When in comes to their passion projects I told them to present their material in any form they want to, and that they feel most comfortable doing. Most are doing Google Slides, some are doing dioramas, and some are doing some short videos they made with some commentary.

What seems to be common among my gifted students is the fact they don’t have confidence in themselves. They know the material frontwards and backwards, but when it comes to communicating it to others they often revert to just giving the basic monotone presentation.

I have seen my students be passionate about the projects they chose. I have heard the passionate conversations between classmates that have turned into debates. I have seen the side of my students where they push one another to strive for the best their presentation can be. I wish I could get that passion in front of an audience.

I am sure part of it the issue is their age, and their personalities. But I know my students, when pushed or motivated can do so much more than they can realize themselves.

I am looking for some advice. If you know of a resource, or strategy to help me bring out the passion in my students presentations please let me know.





One thought on “Presentations and Passion in the Gifted Classroom

  1. A.Martin

    To help students with presentations, I scaffold the entire presentation process. We watch You Tube videos on what not/ and to do for a great presentation. Just search for- how to give a great presentation. I have used a video by Husein Shafei before. We make a T-chart for what to do and not to do.Two of the biggest mistakes kids make are turning their back to the audience and reading straight from their slides or notes. As well, I provide examples and model what I am looking for and expect from a presentation. Also, we spend time on a practice presentation where I point out the things they need to work on. Sometimes we have to add in a session on how to give and receive critical feedback. Learning how to give great presentations is a whole process in itself but such a valuable life skill and worth the time and trouble it takes to teach. Good luck!

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