This week the 4th and 5th grade team delved into a video study in which we examined students in science class. More specifically, students were engaging in collaborative planning for an oral presentation on the Solar System.
The lesson began with students viewing a TED talk, that was used as a model for an ideal oral presentation. In a teacher led discussion, we came to the conclusion that in order to deliver a group oral presentation there were important components and roles that required planning. Students created a list of roles that were needed in order to have a successful oral presentation. I thought that it would be beneficial to create a column that displayed the rationale of the role as students would eventually have to collaborate to decide which group member would be the best person for that role. This activity not only aided in student understanding of the role, but because they had created the roles, they additionally felt more ownership in the process of planning.
We agreed that what the graphic organizer aided in students in staying on task as they all referred to the sheet. This led to them having meaningful conversations in which they initiated.
When asked what next steps I should consider as students progressed through this project, teachers suggested that I could create an outline of student roles and responsibilities or have them practice a group presentation about something that they were experts on (i.e. the new playground.)
This video study provided us with a text that not only showed the benefit in collaborative conversations, but the power in providing students with repeated exposure to collaborate across all subject levels.