So after students had a great day full of comprehensible input about my 3 favorite Hispanic athletes we were ready to begin part 2. Presentations! I don’t usually make students get up and speak in front of the whole group in level 1, but since I have resources (iPads) they had the option to make a video instead.

Day 2: Each group (2-3 students) were assigned a new athlete and we went to the lab to start research. It was neat to see them finding new information about Hispanic people and places outside the US. Believe me, if I let them, they would love to present about LeBron James or Tom Brady but then they miss out on learning something new!  If you’re curious, some of the people on the list were…


I gave them a few suggestions on how to do for their presentation. They needed a starting point.

1.) Google search the name. Try to find basic info like what sport they play, their team, position, age, nationality, accomplishments, ect. 

2.) Go to

3.) Print the article to bring back to class. (This should be in Spanish.)  

4.) Find a good video clip of the athlete.Try searching on YouTube with “athlete’s name + anuncio”. Save your favorite 2 to your Edmodo page to use later.  

5.) Find out something about where they live or where they are from. How could you include this in the presentation?

A wise leader once told me… “Teachers are doing all the learning for the students. They do the research, find the reading articles, search for listenings, ect.” It’s so important to let them learn by doing this on their own sometimes. I wasn’t directing their every move. I was just there as their coach. There were problems printing, 2 computers froze, some got a little distracted on YouTube. It was messy, but they were learning. This generation needs lots of opportunities to grow as independent learners.

Day 3:  Suggestions (Not graded or required – just ideas to get them started)

Read over Wikipedia printouts from yesterday.

Decide as a group what kind of information to include in the presentation and who would talk about what.

Then start putting your video/presentation together.

Simple enough, right? This is where the disaster part comes in. It seemed like they have never done this before. There was a lot of sitting and talking. I started getting panicked. There was no way they would be ready! Time was running out! Yikes!

Needless to say, they weren’t ready to go the next day. There were technical difficulties with the iPads, YouTube videos crashing, and partners missing. This wasn’t part of the “plan.” Sometimes learning takes longer they we think. We as teachers present EVERY day. They don’t.

Day 4: Presentations… Ready or Not

In the end, about a 1/3 of the presentations were bad. 1/3 were good, and 1/3 really impressed me. However, I expected better results and was pretty bummed out. I thought they all could do this! I whined to a few great teachers and they helped me see the light.

Students aren’t great at presentations because they don’t do it often. They aren’t great at managing their time on projects either. That’s ok. Now I know how I can help them. They have lots of room to improve! The students were really impressed by some of the groups and loved watching each other’s videos. They easily pointed out where they needed to improve. We even talked about intro statements and conclusions. They were thinking!


They were really proud of it! It was good and I’m proud of them for learning new tech skills too!

So were they really, really learning???  I’ll show assessment results next post!