I use this PowerPoint to introduce the class presentation format of the "symposium." I have used the symposium set up for book report sharing, biography research presentations, and science research presentations. It's very flexible, and can be as big (invite parents and principals) or as small (just your classroom) as you want it to be!
The symposium set up is a great way to build excitement around student presentations. It gives the kids a heightened sense of ownership, and is more engaging than traditional class presentations! As their teacher, it's fun to see the students take control and share what they've learned.
How to get started: I set up a table at the front of the classroom and cover it with butcher paper. I label it with a banner that says "panel of experts." I arrange the other desks and chairs in rows, facing the panel. Students then present individually or in groups. I usually spread symposiums over several days, to maintain student interest and attention during peer presentations.
Add some flare: Depending on the topic, I encourage students to either dress as college professors (collared shirts, ties, glasses, etc) or scientists (lab coats, etc).
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