The Importance of Presentation Skills in the Classroom

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  • 0:04 Importance of…
  • 1:05 Creating Variety
  • 1:26 Maintaining an Audible…
  • 2:22 Enthusiasm, Gestures &…
  • 3:55 Practicing Presentation Skills
  • 4:50 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Sudha Aravindan

Sudha has a Doctor of Education degree in math education and is currently working as a Information Technology Specialist.

Developing presentation skills in the classroom is important for improving communication and creating positive learning experiences. In this lesson, we'll explore effective presentation skills and why they are important for students to learn.

Importance of Presentation Skills

Kate is a middle-school English teacher and has just completed a professional development workshop on presentation skills. Kate decides to discuss the basic elements of presentation skills with the students in her class.

Kate starts off by explaining to her class that communication is how people exchange information. In a classroom environment, effective communication allows students to learn what the teacher teaches. To be successful in any walk of life, a person should have good communication and presentation skills.

Kate also tells her class that presentation skills are important because they help the presenter:

  • Communicate complex information in simple and interesting ways to keep the audience engaged
  • Communicate thoughts and feelings effectively
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Gain real-world skills, such as the ability to present accomplishments and skills during a job interview

Creating Variety

Kate explains to her students that one presentation skill is introducing variety in content to keep the audience interested. This can be done by introducing audio-visual content and images. Instead of talking all the time, the presenter can engage the audience with other forms of communication.

Maintaining an Audible Tone & Pace

One of the elements of a good presentation, Kate explains, is maintaining an audible tone to make sure that every member of the audience can hear what is being said clearly. Kate then gives her students a tip by saying that a good way to improve audibility is to vary voice volume and to make sure that words are articulated and enunciated as clearly as possible.

Kate then goes on to say how maintaining an optimal pace is a critical element of a good presentation. This gives time for the listeners to understand the content, take notes, and ask questions. A good presenter, Kate explains, should learn not to speak too quickly, because they have to give time for the audience to understand what is being communicated. At the same time, the pace should not be so slow that the presenter runs out of time to complete the presentation!

Enthusiasm, Gestures, & Emphasis

Kate tells her students how generating enthusiasm and interest are important in order to keep the audience involved and prevent them from getting bored. Her students agree that an enthusiastic presenter can create enthusiasm in the listeners and motivate them to pay attention, ask questions, collaborate, and communicate.

As Kate continues her talk, her students notice that she is using gestures more than usual. Gestures and manners that complement verbal communication can be used to grab the audience's attention and maintain interest in the classroom. If the presenter simply stands in one spot and communicates in a monotone voice, the audience quickly loses interest. Kate cautions her students to make sure that gestures don't distract the listeners and aren't repetitive. Instead, they should be used judiciously and only when needed.

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