An important skill we practice in our classroom is public speaking. We have formal and informal presentations where students are learning the basic skills to public speaking, while also understanding how to be a great audience member.
With informal presentations, students are expected to summarize a topic and give a 1-3 minute talk about what they have learned. Students are encouraged to take notes and memorize the information so they are not looking at their notes while speaking.
Some of the key skills we focus on are:
- Clarity of voice
- Voice projection
- Avoiding filler words
- Presentation posture
There is a lot of value in polishing public speaking skills. Long term, comfort in this area could serve students well in higher grades, community work, social situations, and even future job interviews.
It's also a great time for us to review our listening skills. We talk a lot about the value of being a focused listener and how to respectfully show your attention during presentations.