Practice means progress, and that applies to your exhibition just as it does for anything else. 

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Topic: Practice 

Email 7 (of 10)

Practice means progress, and that applies to your exhibition just as it does for anything else.

You should schedule time for your students to practice their roles and presentations prior to the day of the event. You’ll want to identify who will be doing what and be sure everybody understands their role. 

Don’t forget to consider what role you will play! You will have jobs both before and during the exhibition. Test yourself and see if it’s feasible for you to fulfill all those roles. Running practice drills will help you identify what your exhibition needs in order to be successful and will help you avoid confusion during the event that could easily occur if students are performing their roles or presentations for the first time.

Activity 1: Have a short dry run of the exhibition with your students.

Activity Notes: 

Set up a stopwatch on a projector so it is visible in front of the whole class and identify when certain steps need to be completed. Turn exhibition set-up tasks into a game. Ask them how they could do better? Be sure that your students can identify issues or challenges, and then ask them to help come up with solutions.

Activity 2:  Have a full day of dry runs with your students.

Activity Notes: 

Continue beyond 1 or 2 tries; make it a full day of running drills. Think of ways to incentivize your students. Everybody likes working together as a team and accomplishing things together as a community. If you want to take a task from 20 minutes down to 15 without sacrificing quality, see if they can identify how. Be on the lookout for students who are confused or not working. What could they be doing that would help? Instead of scolding them, turn this into a group exercise to work together to solve what they could be doing better.

Case Study

Gabriel planned for his students to do a full dress rehearsal for their poetry slam a few days before the evening of the exhibition. During the exhibition practice, he was able to give final comments to students to support their presentations, and he also recognized how important it was for students who felt anxiety about public speaking.
Gabriel reflected that students may have actually felt more nervous about presenting in front of peers than in front of a general audience. Students were able to make mistakes, and even important revelations, before the actual night of the poetry cafe. It also helped them to visualize the order of the evening and during the actual evening, the transitions between speakers ran much more smoothly so the event could start on time and end on time.


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Sample Student To Do List
A to-do list that was used to outline different roles students took during a real exhibition.


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