Teach Me Your Talent
This is a great way to get students more comfortable sharing in front of peers. Here are our plans:
1. Give students ample time (one week or so) to decide what they'd like to teach their peers. It could be a talent, a skill, something they make, or a hobby they enjoy. Here are some slides if you wish to use them for an introduction.
2. Share with students this planning sheet after they share their topic with you. They should know their topic a week before you plan on letting them present.
3. The week prior (4 days), work on these speaking lessons with students. Many of these ideas were straight from Erik Palmer's book,
Well-Spoken: Teaching speaking to all students.
4. Set up a schedule for presenting that works for
you. Include one minute for speakers to set up in a station, disperse students to groups (vary it each round), and try to mix it up (sports at one, crafts at another, etc.). Here were our groups for 2017.
5. Invite parents and community members, now that you have a schedule.
6. Part of the preparation for students includes giving each other feedback before they present. Consider using this form or something similar to help this process. Peers should also give feedback on the speaker's introduction / lead / hook.
7. I made station numbers (cut lightly, and fold on the cut to make them double-sided) that I hung from the ceiling, and asked student their input on how they wanted the room to look.
8. Use a feedback form or a rubric like one of these to make sure your students receive feedback on their speaking skills. Ask students to give each other feedback, as well! Include time at the end for shout outs and reflections.
9. Take lots of photos and share!