Something that always stumps me…

Hey mentor,

Here’s a question for you: what do you do with a student who doesn’t want to present?

I just handed out the culminating assignment for my 3UI course.  Part of that culminating, of course, is the oral component.  A student comes up and says that she’s willing to take a zero on that portion so long as she doesn’t have to present.

My initial reaction to her was that this was a HUGE chunk of her mark and oral components are necessary, not only in the course, but in life too. I told her that we can discuss this at a later date-she should take some time to really look the project over and she might build her confidence once she’s finished reading her novel and done research, etc.

So, what to do? I mean, if we’re looking at differentiated instruction here then I should be providing her with options.  But, I don’t think we’re building life skills if we just let all students present at lunch or not present at all because they’re nervous.

Look at how often any adult in their career job has to collaborate, communicate with co-workers and present information, findings, projects, etc.

If a student had a documented medical condition where they experienced anxiety during presentations, then that’s a different story.

What to do with a student who just outright doesn’t want to present because she is nervous?

What do you say to calm these students down? Keep in mind that she has already presented in a group. In her case, she said she’s NEVER had to present anything alone. It’s all been in groups.

I’m not willing to give her a zero on that portion, but I don’t think I’m willing to let her not complete that component.  Realistically, EVERYONE is nervous ( I told her this).

What do you do mentor?

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