A challenge to remember

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 April, 2009, 12:00am

Our school has a project called PBL - Project Basic Learning.

This is a project that every Form Two student at my school has to work on, and we have been working on it since school started in September.

We searched for information on the internet and in the library. We also carried out a survey and gathered information from interviewees.

We held meetings and made presentations and reports, and last month we had a class presentation. We were all excited and nervous about presenting the results of all our work to the rest of Form Two in the school hall several weeks ago.

Despite our nerves, it all went very well and we came second overall and scored top for our PowerPoint presentation.

It was a day I will never forget.

Wong Cheuk-hei, the Chinese Foundation Secondary School

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Cheuk-hei. It seems this PBL is a great idea. It seems to nurture all sorts of useful skills that you're sure to need when you enter the workforce. Congratulations on coming second.

Many people feel nervous about making presentations. But if you have practised and practised, you're almost sure to be okay. Nerves can get the best of us though. In English when we're nervous we say we have 'butterflies in our stomach'.

Getting control of those butterflies can be difficult, but often it helps to just focus on a few people in the audience, for instance the teacher, and two friends that you have cleverly asked to sit as far away from each other as possible. This makes it seem that you are looking at everyone, but you have the comfort of familiar faces and it makes the experience easier.

Susan, Editor