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Show and Tell - help me through 90 minutes of it

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RattusRattus Mon 07-Sep-15 18:24:20

Tomorrow I have got to do 90 minutes of show and tell. It is three consecutive sessions, each of 30 minutes with Year 1 children.

Obviously I have done S&T many times before but not in this format. I usually am wondering how best to manage it so that:

1) everyone who wants to gets a chance to speak (18 per class - of course not all children will want to speak)

2) that the questions the children ask are varied (they usually just ask "where did you get it?")

3) I keep animated and interested. S&T can be quite testing at times so I want to be able to keep it fun for the kids and me!!!!

So, if anyone has any ideas as to how best to jazz it up a bit that would be great.

Pud2 Mon 07-Sep-15 20:45:36

My feelings are that show and tell is a waste of time, particularly by Y1. No educational value to it and the time is better spent teaching. Sorry, that's not much help to you!

Ilovecain Mon 07-Sep-15 21:47:33

I used to hate show and tell! Paired them up, sat at their tables, showed and told for five minutes to their partner. On a signal each number one of partner stood up and moved to s different seat, repeat discussion with new partner and so on! I walked around and monitored and sometimes chose one or two children to stand and scare something amazing with whole class. Job done!

Lowdoorinthewall Tue 08-Sep-15 06:59:32

I disagree Pud2 because it is the baby steps of public speaking. We need to help the children build that inner confidence and outer 'smooth' that will get them through presentations and job interviews when they are older.

However. I wouldn't do 18 kids sitting in a big group listening to each other. I think I would go for groups of 3/4 at tables where they show and tell to one another. I might insist 'tellers' prepare 4 facts about their item (written??) and also do cards of questions the others have to draw from which would provide some reading practise.

Then I would have their names on lolly sticks and pick 3 each week to present to the whole group (rolling so they all do it eventually).

Euphemia Tue 08-Sep-15 22:29:22

I used to put a timer on for a minute per child, otherwise you'd be there all afternoon.

A colleague had a composite P2-4 class and each year group took turns to do S&T each week.

I think it's a great start to talking and listening - even the more shy pupils are able to stand up and talk about their own toy, Batman figure, etc. I used to insist on good listening - if you can't sit nicely and listen, you won't get a turn to show your item.

Lara2 Sat 12-Sep-15 20:43:49

A colleague calls it "Bring and Brag" !!! grin
Sadly no advice, but good luck with 90 minutes of it!

FabulousFudge Sat 12-Sep-15 22:26:01

What a nightmare! We use a timer. The children love it and look forward to it each week (I don't!)

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