Reflection & advice for others
We met after-school to reflect on the experience and celebrate the new knowledge they had created in their classroom communities about the watershed and how to be a better steward of local creeks. In preparation for a webinar later in the afternoon where they would share what they had learned from teaching their classmates, our interns wrote this letter to students who would be facilitating any type of activity in their classes:
Dear students at another school,
Some advice we would like to give you about presenting to another class is to project your voice, use creative methods to get the attention of the class, interact with the students, and create a song.
We think you should use these methods because it will create a better presentation. A better learning environment will enable the audience to understand the importance of your presentation. Here are a few steps that you should consider doing:
Step 1: Get the attention of your audience with a song, dance, or game.
Step 2: Interact with a lot of enthusiasm on the subject. Have incentives (like candy) for members of the class to participate.
Step 3: Talk about the topic and draw out the ideas from the students. Don’t drift off topic!
Step 4: Give a summary of the presentation and the importance of the subject.
Your Skyline EarthTeam Buddies
Three of our interns stayed at the end of the meeting to share the success of their project with interns from Oakland HS and Antioch HS. A big thank you to Ms. Gomberg for allowing the interns space in her classes to teach about watersheds!
Additional advice for students who want to teach their peers:
Presenting to a class and teaching them is very nerve-racking and not the easiest thing to do. You should make sure you are fully prepared and know what you are talking about. Speak clearly and loudly so everyone can hear you. Make sure the whole class is focused and give clear instructions so nobody will be confused. A good way to get people to participate is giving them candy, and if nobody raises their hand you should just pick on people, but make sure everyone has had enough time to think about the question. Good luck!