Category Archives: Get Ready for WOW!

Keep Students Busy at the WOW!

Assigning student roles is one of the most important things you can prepare leading up to the WOW! If you give them a task on which the performance depends, and they know it, you’ll likely get the best out of your students because you expected the best. Continue reading

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Expect the Best at Your WOW!

You’ve worked hard; the students have, too. You have exposed them to new ideas, skills, concepts, and opinions. Hold the students to high expectations and they will step up to the challenge. Here is a checklist to distribute and discuss to prepare them for their big night! Continue reading

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Combating WOW! Anxiety for Students

As the WOW! draws closer students may start exhibiting new behaviors; most likely related to developing nerves for the WOW! Below are some behaviors you might see and strategies for combating student uncertainty. Continue reading

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Teach Students About Public Speaking

Sure, you know all the elements of quality public speaking…right? Well, what are they? Some things just come naturally to us and it is difficult to break down a skill, like public speaking, into its parts. There is a good chance you practice all the following guidelines of a veteran public speaker, so talk to the apprentices about the skill breakdown and be a great example to them. Continue reading

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A WOW! Can Be…a Product

A product WOW! is a sustainable piece created in the apprenticeship that accurately demonstrates the mastery students gained over the subject matter and the skills of their apprenticeship. Continue reading

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A WOW! Can Be…a Presentation

A presentation WOW! is an event during which apprentices communicate their deep learning by engaging their authentic audience and each other informal and informal conversations, demonstrating mastery over the subject matter and skills in their apprenticeship. Continue reading

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A WOW! Can Be…a Performance

A performance WOW! is a production typically associated with performance art related apprenticeships (theater, dance, music, singing) or Mock Trials during which apprentices demonstrate the talent they’ve mastered in the apprenticeship while also exhibiting strong Oral Presentation skills. Continue reading

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Tell a Story with Your Hands

Standing stiff in front of a crowd is not the ideal way to keep the audience engaged and interested. By becoming more animated, students will increase the chances that the audience will continue paying attention. Using hand gestures also shows they are comfortable presenting their WOW! and have spent time practicing their presentation. This is a fun activity that allows the students to be creative and a little bit goofy. Continue reading

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Practice Presentations for Perfection

Every school subject uses mnemonic devices to help students remember content. What the heck are Mnemonic devices, you say? I bet you know a handful of them already. Mnemonic (silent ‘m’) devices are any memory or learning aid that attempts to make remembering a complicated sequence or other content easier. They are also usually verbal and use literary devices in some way. Think about how you use Roy G. Biv to remember the colors of the rainbow or PEMDAS to remember the order of operations. Continue reading

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Making Eye Contact

If you have a group that needs to work on eye contact for their oral presentation skills, this activity is a great way to keep the entire class engaged through all the speakers. By giving the students in the audience a task, they will be more likely to hold their attention on the speaker for a longer period of time. Continue reading

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