This is what you've been working towards with your students! 

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Topic: Exhibition Day

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This is your big day that you've been working towards with your students! 

A lot can go right and wrong on the day of the exhibition! You may have an exhibition that goes off without a hitch which every student finished the exhibition with pride. Do remember that you may also have some drama or meltdowns, especially if you or students are stressed out once tasks come down to the last minute.

Understand that your job as a teacher on exhibition day includes a few important things:

  1. Be emotionally stable for your students. This may be your students’ first time publicly showing work to an audience other than parents/guardians, peers, or teachers. It will be a dry run for what they'll be doing for the rest of their lives. Having a nervous or upset teacher during the process won’t be conducive to student confidence. You don’t have to constantly tell students they’re doing amazing, but do talk to them when they're not doing great and provide kind, specific, and helpful feedback). They should know that any critique comes from a place of caring about who they are as a student and as a person.
  2. Document the process before and throughout the event. Make sure that you have plenty of artifacts of the learning and exhibiting process from start to finish. This could be something like multiple drafts of work or photos being taken during the exhibition If applicable, consider having a designated parent/guardian, student, peer, or even a professional in charge of documentation. You’ll also want to have artifacts of how the exhibition went after it’s over. These artifacts could be for your own portfolio, student portfolios, or the school’s social media.

Your hard work, planning, and practicing has all led up to this event. Now it’s your students’ time to shine!

Activity 1: Draft a list of photographs you would like to be taken by your designated documentarian.

Activity Notes: 

Think about what some of the highlights of the event might be. Identify which moments will exemplify your exhibition, and what you'd most want to remember. It’s important to note that these two are separate ideas, so consider both and communicate that to the person or persons in charge of documenting the event. 

Activity 2: Research and take note of different stress management techniques you can employ for yourself and your students.

Activity Notes: 

Exhibitions can be a source of anxiety for students, so remember to be mindful and offer emotional support for students. Talk with them to identify strategies to manage difficult feelings that may arise. Also consider what you need to manage difficult feelings for yourself. Try to identify strategies that you and the students can do easily throughout the day, such as mindful breathing, minute-journals, or staying hydrated. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get acquainted with a variety of self-care strategies that they can use throughout challenging situations for the rest of their lives.

Case Study

The 5th grade team worked collaboratively on a student film project and had made arrangements to showcase the short films at a theater. When the day came, the teachers had worked out a full schedule of the day, from transporting students from school to the venue, to the order of the show, and poster presentations of the process students took to create their films.
Students also knew their individual roles, even participating as critical audience members to give feedback to their peers. The day was hectic, and everyone was grateful for the minute-journals that helped them process the events as they were happening.


Below is a preview of some of the additional readings, videos, comics, and other resources to enhance your learning regarding this email’s topic. You can review these materials in full by going to the course landing page.


Audience Orientation Template
A presentation that was shown to parents at the beginning of an exhibition, helping them know what to expect and where to go.
  5th Grade Oral Communication Rubric
A rubric targeted for use  at 5th grade students, it can be used to grade their skills during an exhibition. Try and think about why the pieces for the rubric were chosen as important for exhibition grading.



Middle School Oral Communication Rubric
Another rubric, but meant for Middle school students. Can also be used to grade oral communication skills during an exhibition.

You can help us!

If you have any resources that you think people would benefit course participants, email us at Simply put “Exhibiting Student Work Resource Submission” in the email subject. Send us the file and remember to tell us which email lesson you think it should be a part of in the body of the email. We’ll review it and get back to you if we decide to use it!

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