by Cheska Dy Saavedra
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Every teacher will require their students to present in front of the whole class, even just once in an entire semester. It’s a part of every school’s curriculum whether you’re in elementary school, high school or college. It’s an attempt to allow students to interact more in class and to showcase their various hidden ‘gifts.’ You’d never know you had a knack for public speaking or advertising if teachers didn’t give the chance to present. Also, a presentation whether it be group or individual, is quite good at boosting a student’s self-esteem because it gives them the chance to be themselves in front of many people, even if it is just their friends and classmates. Lastly, students get to research about a new subject or topic by themselves and get to learn new things through their own initiative. It’s an innovative form of self-study, as well.

An oral recitation or presentation takes up a fairly large percentage of a student’s final grade in most curriculum that is why it is essential to give a good presentation. Many different teachers have different standards and criteria for determining whether a presentation is good or not. But generally speaking, a good presentation balances academic preparation such as research and subject matter with the proper practice of lecturing skills. In front of everybody, you are going to have to act like a lecturer or a teacher and to be effective, you have also got to learn new teaching techniques. You can ask advice from your teacher or other educators or you can research on your own through the internet or at a library. Other than this, you should not forget to load up about the topic you’re going to present about. It definitely will not help your grade if your teacher hears you say something wrong about your topic during the presentation. Make sure to check all your matter before the actual presentation.

A few tips on how to give a good oral presentation: First, plan out how you want the flow of your presentation to be. Before the actual presentation, practice doing it just the way you’d be doing it in front of the class. Use cue cards and pantomime pointing at visual aids. Time it as well so that you won’t go over-time during the presentation. Second, prepare your visual aids beforehand. Visual aids are important so that whatever you’re talking about can stick faster to the minds of your listeners because some students in your class might be visual instead of auditory learners. Make sure you use plenty of pictures and graphs. Try changing your visual aids every few minutes and to write down important facts and details in large visible text. It’s effective in catching the attention of a listener. Third, practice your speaking. Decide how loud your voice should be without straining it. Ask a friend to listen to you speak in the classroom or in large spaces like a gymnasium or an auditorium so you can practice better.

You can also use the Digital Storytelling Children Literature format in presenting. To know more about this type of presentations, visit Switotwins, Inc.

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