What is the purpose? • Your Senior Exhibition is an oral presentation that allows you to practice the listening and speaking skills necessary for effective communication in post-secondary education and the world of work. • The goal is to demonstrate mastery of the Applied Learning Standards and the Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs).
What is the structure? • You are assigned to a classroom for your 20 minute appointment between 12:45-3:45 p.m. • 10-15 minute presentation to a three to five-member panel composed of school staff, parents and community representatives • 5-10 minutes of questions asked by the panel members
What is the format of the presentation? Format Times (approximate) Each part takes about: 2-3 minutes 7-10 minutes 1-2 minutes 5-10 minutes • The presentation has four parts: introduction body conclusion questions
Format: Introduction • Introduce yourself and shake hands with each panel member. • You may choose to welcome them and/or thank them for their attendance. Remember they are volunteers (except for the school staff). • Talk about yourself. (Hint: a verbal resume and cover letter). Discuss extracurricular activities, jobs, hobbies, interests, accomplishmentsetc.
Format: Body There are 2 options for the body of your presentation. You should purposefully select an option based on your most meaningful experiences. • Option 1: A problem-solving project or activity in which you have been involved during high school • Option 2: Post-secondary plan
Option 1: Project or Activity • Select a project or activity that demonstrates problem-solving and critical thinking. • Discuss in detail the activity or project in which you participated. • What was it? Why did you do it? How did you do it? • What skills were necessary? • How do those skills apply to situations you will encounter in work and/or college? • Highlight skills such as effective communication, global citizenship and the use of technology.
Sample Presentation Topics • An ASB activity/event you planned • Club activities you organized • Activities/lessons planned by Link Crew • Art portfolio/Ceramics projects • Drama, dance or choir productions • Leadership role in athletics • Volunteer/work experiences • Yearbook created by students • Creation of web pages • Hire-a-Youth program • AVID program activities • Broadcast productions • Automotive class projects/certifications
Option 2: Post-secondary Plan • Describe the steps required for you to complete your post-secondary career path. • Explain why you have chosen this path. • If you have participated in a job shadow or have any work, volunteer or personal experience that has prepared you for this path, discuss that experience. • Discuss the skills necessary for success in this plan and how your experiences in high school have prepared you.
Sample Presentation Topics • Use a college focus to develop an educational plan. • Describe an apprentice program that can lead to a career. • Cite training and preparatory work as a path toward a career.
Option 1 and 2 Combination • You may have created a problem-solving project and participated in an activity related to your plans after high school. If so, you may discuss both a project/activity and your post-secondary path. Combine the guidelines for Option 1 and 2. (This does not require a presentation that is twice as long). Simply include some discussion of each component.
Format: Conclusion • End the presentation by reflecting on your experiences in high school, the portfolio and the exhibition. • Describe any future plans not mentioned previously. • Your final remark should be, “Do you have any questions?”
Format: Questions and Answers • The panel members may spend 5-10 minutes asking questions. • There is a list of potential questions available to students and panel members. • Consider responses to the panel questions prior to the presentation. • Panel members may ask questions not on the list.
Do you need a visual aid? • Your presentation must include at least one visual aid. • Your visual aid can relate to any or all parts of your presentation. • Options to consider are: • Power Point or Prezi • Video or sound recording • Props
Visual Aids: Power Point/PREZI • Slide shows are a sophisticated approach and demonstrate your proficiency with technology. • Font MUST be large and easy to read and the background should not prevent the text from being read. • Be sure to test your technology with the equipment in your assigned classroom prior to the day of the presentation • Print a back-up copy of the slides for each panel member in the event your technology fails.
Visual Aids: Video/Sound Clip • A video or sound recording allows the panel to see or hear you in action. • If you are playing a video or sound recording, select an interesting portion that is no longer than two minutes. • Be sure to test your technology prior to the day of the presentation and have recordings cued to play.
What is the purpose of the visual aid? • Remember the purpose of a visual aid is to enhance the presentation by making it more engaging and dynamic so the quality of your visual aid is crucial and will reveal your thoughtfulness and preparedness to the panel.
How can I ensure the quality of my visual aid? • Your advisory teacher must approve your visual aid prior to the presentation date. • The information on your visual aid must be written in your own words, not copied (plagiarized) from an online source. • You must take care to: • be neat and clear • avoid errors in grammar and spelling • select appropriate backgrounds, colors, graphics
Now what? • PREPARE! • Work closely with your advisory teacher on selecting an appropriate topic and visual aid. • Outline the content and consider creative approaches to the presentation. • Refer to the “Preparation Packet” for guidance.