Originally published on GHS Innovation Lab and reprinted with permission.
“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.”
Presentations of Learning (PoLs) provide a rich opportunity for cross-disciplinary, summative assessment while developing students’ abilities to reflect meaningfully on their work. As such, PoLs are a key ingredient in deep, project-based learning.
Innovation Lab students prepare full-length summative Presentations of Learning each spring through which they reflect, both in writing and in panel discussions, on their growth and learning. To prepare for their PoLs, student analyze the academic, personal, and interpersonal capacities articulated in the Greenwich Public Schools Vision of the Graduate to reflect upon areas of strength and areas for growth as demonstrated using specific examples from their project work in both STEM and Humanities courses. Project-specific “mini-PoLs” are also used throughout the year to help prepare students for their end of the year summative experience, following a condensed format.
Presentations of Learning Resources
Innovation Lab Deeper Learning 2017 PoLs workshop
Innovation Lab Video examples
Mini-PoLs from the Humanities “Taking a Stand” National History Day Project
Students made this video as a “mini-POL” for the STEM “Eureka! It’s Battery Power” Project
Innovation Lab Written Reflection examples
Sample instruction documents and rubrics
Other great examples of, and resources for, PoLs
Student Made Videos as POLs: High Tech High App: HTH students made this video as a PoL describing their creation of an app.
Video: Presentations Of Learning at High Tech High: Rob Riordan facilitates an examination of PoL videos and rubrics at a HTH Chula Vista faculty meeting
Video: IOL (Interview of Learning) 9th Grade Multimedia: An interesting alternative, an online interview version of a PoL, as from a HTH multmedia course
Overview of PoLs at Eagle Rock School: Another school’s approach to and description of their PoLs
Project-Based Learning and Presentations: An analysis of the difference between a “presentation” and a “presentation of learning” with practical tips on how to make the shift