Reflection: Trust and Respect Take a Deep Breath: Speech Delivery (Day 1 of 2) - Section 1: Setting Up the Day


I was so proud of my listeners today. They were champs sitting through 15 plus speeches in one period. Their engagement in the process and ability to maintain interest (or at least feigned interest) in their classmates was worthy of applause. 

There were two specific things that I did to try to set this day up for success of this nature.

First, and thanks to my teaching partner, I split the class into halves. Within our two hour block, we have the flexibility to do this as we see fit. It worked much better to have 30 students listening to 15 speeches than 60 students listening to 30 speeches. Plus, it allowed for a break in activity for the whole class so that they weren't also sitting still for two solid hours.

Second, and a little harder to describe, I have worked hard to establish my classroom as a safe environment for risk taking. From the very start of the year I have tried to include myself in their learning in such a way that it appears that we are all in this process together. Due to the newness of the standards and the Master Teacher Project, we kind of are in something new together, so it hasn't been a huge stretch for me=). Over the course of this semester, though, I have been intentional about varying my grouping and requiring students to take baby-steps out of their comfort zones. Small speaking activities, being called on randomly to share thoughts out loud and encouraging respectful discourse between peers have all helped to make this kind of formal presentation a little less daunting.


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Take a Deep Breath: Speech Delivery (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 7: Argument: Persuasive Speaking and Rhetorical Anlaysis
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWBAT present an argument clearly, concisely, and logically by delivering their final polished speeches.

Big Idea: Public speaking: the most relevant skill we teach in English Language Arts...and the scariest...

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