This week, my students did Small Group Presentations. Small Group Presentations differ from Class Presentations in two important ways. First, students sit in groups rather than getting up in front of the whole class. Secondly, they receive TWO grades: one for their presentation, and one for asking questions when other members of the group give their presentations.
My students were really outstanding.
My first graders tried really hard and did really well considering that this is still new to them. They did presentations about Christmas and the O Henry story "The Gift of the Magi" (our final reading this term).
My second graders were AMAZING! They really got into the questions and they were so active and aggressive that I was really impressed. I can't wait to see how they do when we get into debates more. They're going to be so great at it! Their presentations were about Rudyard Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" and questions about keeping exotic animals as pets.
My third graders, though, were really, really surprising for me. Their presentations were so intelligent, and so insightful. We read about The Christmas Truce of 1914 when German and British soldiers temporarily stopped fighting during Christmas, World War I. Their presentations were about war, and they talked about SO many topics related to war and peace, including the Olympics, how eating can calm aggressive feelings (those were two of my favorites), and one students brought up an amazing number of points related to war. All of the students in my third grade class are just brilliant!