The next activity of 20% Time Day were the pitches. Students were given 30 seconds to pitch their idea. They also were allowed to use, if they wanted to, a maximum of 3 slides and 1- 3 x 5 note card. Again, having them fill out the Pitch Planning Guide and condensing their idea really made the pitches enjoyable to watch. The creativity that students had with their delivery was amazing. I used a Pitch Presentation Rubric to evaluate their presentations that my English teacher colleague created.
Finally, I had students watch and evaluate a TED Talk by Jack Andraka. The TED Talk presentations that I chose to have students evaluate are presentations given by kids their own age. I felt it was necessary for my students to see that kids can stand up in front of a large crowd and deliver an amazing presentation. My students were given a TED Talk Rubric for the presentation and were asked to rate the speaker on given criteria on a scale of 1 to 5. They were then asked to justify the score they gave the speaker. Our next step will be to discuss the TED Talk and determine what made it a good presentation so that students will know what to emulate when it is time for them to present in May.