As I said in the previous post, the Demonstration Phase is where you show off the results of your research, brainstorming, play, and work. You know, all those things you’ve been doing in the previous four phases.
Depending on the material you’ve been working with, there are many ways to accomplish this. You can present the actual product that has resulted from your work, be it a new app, a presentation or performance, or a physical object. You can write blog posts, white papers, books, or even social media posts to educate others about what you’ve learned. (Remember, peer teaching is a completely viable way of demonstrating what you know and how well you know it.) You can curate others’ content and media, highlighting your ability to not only understand the material but also recognize outside sources that would be beneficial to others learning and working with the material. You can engage with online and offline groups interested in the same material and become an active mentor or advocate within those communities. The possibilities are endless and constantly changing as avenues available to us for presentation and conversation change.
As you’re thinking about what you want to demonstrate and how you want to demonstrate it, you need to keep these questions in mind (because you knew there would be related questions):
- What skills and knowledge do I have to offer?
- Who are my colleagues and mentors? (Because this will change what you present and how you present it.)
- Who is my audience? (This will also change what and how you present.)
Once you have a handle on the answers to these questions, figuring out how to determine what and how to demonstrate becomes much simpler. Each group you present yourself to is going to want different things from you, and you will need to tailor your presentation appropriately to connect with that group.
Over the next few posts, we’ll look at demonstration both inside and outside the classroom, and I’ll try to have some examples for you to think about. But for now, take that project you’ve been working on all year, and look at it in light of these three questions.