The Simultaneous Presentations format is a great way to for students to do presentations that spares both the teacher and their students the pain of sitting quietly and straining to hear 34 separate individual presentations.

My awesome mentor, Nina Bonito-Romine, shared this presentation format with me last year, and I will never go back!


Each student should have a presentation prop (a poster or worksheet that they can refer to while they are talking). When you give the cue, everyone gets in groups of two or three students. The students in each group take turns presenting to each other.

After enough time has passed for students to be able to all present, tell them to switch groups. You could come up with an orderly manner to do this (á la “One Stay, Two Stray” or “Stand Up/Hand Up/Pair Up” or “Inside/Outside Circles” structures from Kagan CL) or let the students re-group at random. Students then take turns presenting with their new groups.

Continue switching until you are done grading presentations.


This is an excellent way to do presentations for two reasons:

  1. It takes much less time to do presentations!
  2. Students are speaking much more, as they give their presentation multiple times. Your job as the teacher is to meander through your classroom, observing each student.

Make Simultaneous Presentations part of your

23 replies on “Simultaneous Presentations

  1. You have certainly contributed to the CI classroom teacher’s life…making it easier and easier as the days go on!!!

  2. Martina:

    Where is the form for the Simultaneous Presentations? I’ve used them before from your website and loved them but now I can’t find it. I think it was an excellent idea to have them retell five other students allowing the teacher to listen in on their conversations.

    Thanks for sharing this idea with us.


  3. French 2 and 3 students researched Francophone school lunches and compared them with our school lunches. There were 140 student presenting and I wanted to have an arena-style experience so they could see the number of students speaking French at the same time. I reserved the library, set up the groups, and gave each student evaluation forms. Everyone had to be filmed and evaluate 3 other students from their group! It was an empowering experience for all!.

  4. I did this yesterday with food props from Mexico. They had to “sell” their product in a one minute “commercial” to the other group . I had 3 groups set up like stations and the listening groups rotating through like speed dating. Then they switched and the listeners presented to the previous groups. It was SO fun. And so much less awkward than them all presenting to the whole class. And each group presented 4 times, so I heard them adding, correcting their presentation as they went. Magical. Thanks so much for this!!

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