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How to Involve a Student Audience

Teachers often make assumptions about the attentiveness of the student "audience" during student-led presentations at the front of the classroom or student-assigned modeling of math solutions on the whiteboard. We all hope that our student audience is listening diligently, taking notes, making personal connections to the content, and (at the very least) not creating a disruption. In reality, this segment of the lesson finds most students completely disengaged and disconnected with little or no interest in the student speaker or the topic. This PD Byte investigates techniques for increasing the academic rigor of student audience time, explores strategies for engaging an audience during student presentations, and provides an audience toolkit for turning each student presentation into a viable learning opportunity for the entire class.

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