Purposes of student presentations:
Develop course’s seminar style.
Students practice high-level
presentations and discussions.
not to relieve the
instructor of his duties--the easiest class is the instructor talking loudly
Presentation assignments are
decided partly by student choice and partly by chance; student preferences are
not guaranteed. On the opening class day, students may indicate preferences for
presentations on an ID card. Before the second class a draft of the presentation
schedule will be emailed to the class for review.
“Silent Grade” for
presentations, web postings, participation, etc.
You are graded for class
participation in presentations, discussions, and general helpfulness.
This grade is not given, however,
until your “Final Grade Report” at the end of the semester.
This “silent grade” avoids
unproductive behavior such as second-guessing, competing, comparing, or
performing to the teacher.
Better to keep grading for
cooperative exercises out of sight, but grading leverage is necessary to
make some students work
The participation grade does not
normally diverge drastically from other grades.
General Rules for All Student Presentations:
minute presentation limit. Beyond 10 minutes, you’re mostly talking to
is to share a selection, make a point or two, and lead a discussion.
Film highlights take extra time, which is granted.
Conclude presentation by asking a question and leading
Sometimes your fellow students just sit there, so have an
extra question ready.
Sometimes they’ll want to discuss something besides what
Keep asking and trying different angles until you get a
Sometimes you just have to wait a little.
Student comments should be directed to presenter, though
instructor may take over now and then.