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Old 25.05.2012, 16:44
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3 to 5 min presentation in third grade. Ned help!

Hi, as every time I have posted something here, I have received wonderful advise. I'm here again, to ask if someone could help me to help my boy with his homework.

He has to prepare a presentation in front of the class, about anything he likes the most. After a lot of thinking, he decided that theatre was the thing he likes the most doing. He goes to theatre classes on Wednesdays, extra activity out of the school.

Now, the teacher sent a whole description of what is expected from the children for this. As it was a long letter, I tried to translate it the best I could, but still didn't make a lot of sense (not google, not any translating service helped), so I wrote to the teacher, asking him if he could, perhaps explain this to me, so I can help my child. Very disappointingly, he did not replay to me, and instead, took my child and explained him, what was expected from him. Obviously, by the time he reached home, he had forgotten half of what was said and little could he help me to understand.

Anyway, I got a friend, who lives quite far, but who is a primary teacher herself and as we were invited for a BBQ at her place, I asked her for help. After reading it, she told me that she was not surprised I didn't understand, as it was not clear, and overall, was too much to expect from a 9 yr old. Never the less, she pointed out, how could we prepare the presentation.

She suggested we prepare this presentation, about What is the Theatre and why children like it.

We thought of interviewing his theatre teacher and preparing a questionary for the children who go to theatre classes with him, in order to gather info.
But today, my son told me his teacher expects to see all the material he will use for this, next week! So we have to prepare the questions for the interview and the questionary ASAP!

I have prepared some questions but of course, I need them written in German, as I don't think only relaying on google and my A2 German , will be a good idea and all my friends who could help are way too busy this weekend, I was hoping I could find someone here, who could help me?

There are only three questions for the teacher and five for the children.
After we have all the info, I will need to help him to write down all the info, clear to present it orally to his class . but that will be later...fow now, I have only to translate those questions..can anyone help? Please?
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Re: 3 to 5 min presentation in third grade. Ned help!

Generally - homework is meant for the children, not parents But yes, hands up, guilty as charged, I used to help mine too - but only help- not do it for them- there is a big difference.

As a teacher, I would always advise children NOT to write down and learn by heart an oral presentation. For all sorts of reasons - firstly that it is NOT the aim. Secondly that it always sounds false and 'read' - and thirdly because if student has a memory blank - it is a disaster.

My advice would be to use 'bullet points' with key ideas/words/names/dates, etc, etc, and then practice speaking about it. Try to also anticipate the questions that may be asked about it- and prepare answers (again no writing and learning- as if the question is slightly different, student has to be able to adapt answer).

A native German speaker will hopefully be along soon to help with those questions (if not get back to me by pm).
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Yes, here! No problem. Send it to me by pm and you will have it translated by Sunday evening latest.
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Re: 3 to 5 min presentation in third grade. Ned help!

I find this amusing, but soon I wil be the one laughing at myself as my son goes to 3rd klass after summer.

Powerpoint anyone?
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Re: 3 to 5 min presentation in third grade. Ned help!

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Generally - homework is meant for the children, not parents But yes, hands up, guilty as charged, I used to help mine too - but only help- not do it for them- there is a big difference.

As a teacher, I would always advise children NOT to write down and learn by heart an oral presentation. For all sorts of reasons - firstly that it is NOT the aim. Secondly that it always sounds false and 'read' - and thirdly because if student has a memory blank - it is a disaster.

My advice would be to use 'bullet points' with key ideas/words/names/dates, etc, etc, and then practice speaking about it. Try to also anticipate the questions that may be asked about it- and prepare answers (again no writing and learning- as if the question is slightly different, student has to be able to adapt answer).

A native German speaker will hopefully be along soon to help with those questions (if not get back to me by pm).
Yes, I'm only helping him . You are right about not memorizing, I was planning writing in a cardboard the key points for his presentation and stick it on the board. Many thanks for your offer to help translating.
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Yes, here! No problem. Send it to me by pm and you will have it translated by Sunday evening latest.
Brilliant! Thanks a lot. I'm sending you an email tonight!:msngrin
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I find this amusing, but soon I wil be the one laughing at myself as my son goes to 3rd klass after summer.

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Don't laugh - Recently I watched a 5 year old do a power point presentation.
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Was he in a suit and a tie?
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