Today marked an important milestone in the class's Genius Hour journeys! Each student delivered an "elevator pitch" to introduce their topic to the class...and now to the world!
What is an elevator pitch? The students only get 30 seconds or so to introduce their topic, and "sell" us on it! The name comes from the idea that someone would only have the time it takes for an elevator to go from the lobby to the top floor to sell an investor on an idea. Being concise, enthusiastic, and clear are definite musts!
The students took turns by random draw delivering their pitches, while the rest of the class gave feedback. I adapted myfeedback rubric from one that I found on Joy Kirr's amazing LiveBinder (you can find a lot of other great Genius Hour resources there as well!).
Here are my students' first attempts at elevator pitches as a YouTube playlist. For many of these students, it's the first time presenting anything like this in front of a camera. I welcome your comments and suggestions...what else can I do to prepare my students to pitch their projects? Additionally, the students will be posting their individual pitches on their blogfolios. I encourage you to visit them as well!
5th grade teacher in Princeton, NJ. Passionate about education, technology, and the New York Giants!