Presentation Skills

High school students should be prepared to give 10 minute 3 point presentations. This breaks down like this

  1. 30 second introduction
  2. Point 1: 2 minutes
  3. Point 2: 2 minutes
  4. Point 3: 2 minutes
  5. 30 second conclusion [Total 7 minutes]
  6. 3 minute Q and A

If you have a three year programme for high school, say Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12, then you should work on presentations through all three years, like this:

Year 10

In Year 10 you will have the students use a basic presentation script and get the students to practice this as much as possible, with sound scripting of their presentations (see example here).

You should also give the students practice in giving one slide presentations. See the rationale for this here. See here for a set of one slide presentations.

Year 11

In Year 11 you would add more practice and work on adjusting the basic script by adding a ‘bang’ to the introduction and conclusion. The students might want to sound script their presentation as part of their preparation but they should be speaking from notes by this stage.

You should continue giving one slide presentation practice on all the topics and issues being dealt with in the course.

Year 12

In Year 12 they should be speaking without notes when giving a presentation, or referring to their notes as a last resort. They should not need to sound script at all in preparation for the presentation.

You might want to use this Advanced Presentation Sheet.


You should give feedback on their efforts. You are their presentations coach and your only objective is to help them give better presentations.

You might want to try this feedback form.


But how long is this all going to take? you cry. And what about those students who refuse to present in class, often for medical reasons?

You should aim for each student to make five 3-point presentations each year.

Presentation preparation should be done in class but the presentations, except the final one each year, do not necessarily need to be done in class. Each student can record themselves giving the presentation and send it to you electronically. They can record themselves through PowerPoint and make it into a film, or set up a meeting in Zoom and then record themselves presenting there. Sending just the slides is not enough. The student has to present and send you a film of the presentation and video of them presenting it.

This shifts the time from the class, to your post-lesson feedback-giving time. Obviously this is a lot of work for you. You should be actively cutting back on the amount of time you spend preparing lessons and shifting this time to the time you spend on giving feedback on student performance.


A video about presenting. Students watch and make notes.

A video about creating visuals. Students watch and make notes.

A video about what not to do in presentations. Students watch and make notes on what is being done wrong.