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One person's opinion:

I usually set a 5-minute timer on my watch, so I can stay alert to the
presentation length.  When it goes off, I assess whether the team is
likely to finish in the next 15-20 seconds, and then I will interrupt
and say,
"Thanks for your presentation.  That's all the time we have for it,
because we'd like to ask you some questions about your project."  Then
we start into the Q&A section.

Reading from a script is rarely as compelling for me as having the
team talk about what they did in their own words.  It doesn't always
give me confidence that they understood what they were learning about,
and it feels like it stifles creativity in presentation.  Also,
although I have seen some great presentations that covered all the
items in the rubric, the presentation doesn't have to be jam-packed
with information on each sub-item.  Some of that can be brought out
during Q&A.   (I should note, however, that having a couple of notes,
and/or props that prompt the team members to remember what they want
to include, is perfectly fine.)

Don't underestimate how well the team might be able to present their
parts by the day of the presentation either.  Often things come
together at the last minute, and turn out great!

Steve

On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM, Gina Willett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> My team's project presentation could be 5 minutes if the group read their
> script directly.  However, they have been working really hard to memorize
> it.  I commend them for their efforts, however now when we attempt it, it is
> over the 5 minute mark...because of a lot of pauses/lack of certainty, etc.
>
> So, my question is: what happens at the 5 minute mark?  Do they ring a bell,
> force you to stop, or what?  Do they take away points?
>
> In a way, to me it is a higher priority that they feel comfortable and have
> their lines memorizes....but is it worth it if they go over the 5 minute
> allotment?
>
> Thanks for your input.
>
> Gina
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