The “Teach & Tell”
If you were a fly on my classroom wall you would see my students presenting a “Teach & Tell” three times a year (once per term). This activity is simply a variation of a favourite for many students in the primary grades: “Show and Tell”. This practice provides students with an opportunity to share individual areas of expertise/interest & to develop their speaking and listening skills as well.
A “Teach and Tell” requires that students teach their classmates about something that is of interest to them. Students tell the class about something they like or do well, and then teach the class about, or how to do it. Presentations must also include some sort of visual model (a poster, model, or related item).
This activity encourages students to make organized, engaging oral presentations, while developing effective speaking and listening skills. The Teach and Tell is also a great way to increase class interconnectedness as students learn important things about one another’s interests and skills.
Some of our most memorable presentations last year were “The Basics of Football”, “Why Is It That Birds Can Fly?”, “How Magnets Work”, “No Bullies!”, “How to Make The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!”, “How to Add and Subtract Using an Abacus”, ”Motorcycle Maintenance”, “Sudoku Puzzles”, and “How To Play King’s Corner and Solitaire”.
Students have a tremendous amount of knowledge and many outside interests to share. The “Teach and Tell” gives them an opportunity to be successful academically using something that they love to do and do well.