Delivering a presentation or talk in front of many people can be quite daunting. So it can be really beneficial to teach students presentation skills to curb any nerves they may have about speaking to a group.
There are also many other benefits to teaching children presentation skills too, such as:
- Bolstering students’ confidence
- Developing students’ communication skills
- Advancing charisma and allowing students to discover their potential
- Great for learning how to write speeches and improve written work, especially grammar
- Fantastic for their future and with helping them in their social development, which also helps with their transition to secondary school
With all these benefits, we’ve some tips for teaching presentation skills to children:
1. Be a Guide
This might seem obvious, but by acting as a role model and showing your students how you deliver presentations (and teachers are great at this!), they’ll have a great guide to learn from. After you’ve shown them a presentation from yourself, they’ll have a better idea of how to give them, so you could get your class to go off and record that same speech as a way of practising – they can then learn for themselves.
2. Show Good and Bad Examples
By getting together some good and bad examples of presentations and then discussing them as a class, and asking questions such as what would they do differently, what was good, etc., your students will have a better idea of what works and what doesn’t. It’s a simple method of teaching presentation skills, but really valuable.
3. Expose Them to Delivering Presentations
Is there an assembly your students could host? Another teacher they could speak in front of? The more exposure your students get to delivering presentations and making speeches in different scenarios, the more practice they get and the more confidence too.
4. Have Debates
You can also teach presentation skills by having debates in your classroom too – it’s a great way for your students to get even better at communicating their arguments and speaking to a group. The debate could be on a range of subjects. You could ask a debatable question, then invite students to stand on different sides of the classroom to represent those who agree with it and those who don’t. They then have to work as groups to deliver a presentation and talk about their stance.
5. No, Yes, Because…
Another way of teaching presentation skills is by encouraging your students to not just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in response to questions but putting ‘because’ afterwards to give an argument. This will help them develop much better arguments for delivering presentations, and should increase their confidence in speaking out.