Commitment & Passion

Commitment & Passion. When looking for a presentation with commitment and passion, you are looking for how the presenters show commitment to or passion for the content being presented. For example, throughout the presentation, the presenters should appear to really care about the topic/issue they are presenting, as evidenced by their choice of words, the tone in which they present their words, body language, and overall stage presence. This may include the use of phrases like “Addressing the issue of unsafe drinking water is really important for not only me and my peers today, but for the generations of students to come, including my little brother who hopes to attend this school in three years! This is why we are seeking a sustainable solution at this time...”

Rubric Rating Video Examples
Highest Rating: Presenters show commitment to or passion for the content being presented.

 

The students demonstrated 'ownership' of their words by sounding exciting (using elevated pitches in their voice), smiling, using personal stories to support their argument, and generally seeming 'eager' throughout their time on stage.

Mid-level Rating: Presenters are engaged but do not "own" their words or demonstrate a passion for content. Throughout the presentation, the presenters appear to not really care either way about the issue. In other words, while the presenters are knowledgeable about their issue, but it may not be clear to the viewer that securing the proposed solution to this issue matters deeply to them.   It is apparent that the presenters are concerned about the nature of police relationships with youth of color because of their own identities and the framing of their action research. However, the students do not communicate a personal connection or passion for their subject. While their connection to the issue can be inferred by the audience it is not directly communicated by the presenters. 

Lowest Rating: Presenters appear uninterested in the material being presented or convey apathy towards message. Throughout the presentation, the presenters appear to not really be vested in their issue. In other words, while the presenters are knowledgeable about their issue, it appears to the viewers that this topic may not have been a topic of their choosing, or that they were made to do this exercise rather than build on their own interests.   Presenters seem disengaged from the material. Some presenters lack voice inflection, utilizing little to no body language, and when not presenting students are leaning on the display, fumbling with clothing, and generally not tracking the speaker.