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Continuation…

Okay, so if you read my last post. I am going to take it one step further. Assume the students did the assignment and they are excited and ready to present. So, as teachers, our lessons improve over time, and with practice. Sometimes students don’t get a lot of practice standing up and presenting in front of people but yet public speaking and self constructive critisim are very important skills to have throughout life no matter what “you want to do when you grow up”. So, as teachers, it is our job to prepare our students for the future.

So, continue the student participation, video their presentations, and email or post up to their personal school account and as an assignment tell them to watch themselves. Pay close attention, and then critique themselves. Write down ways you can:

Improve?

What you did well.

Any nervous habits?

This gives the students a real view of how they did and will be able to improve in their next speech, presentation, or even in daily conversation. We teachers are nothing short of miracle workers, aren’t we?! I know, I would have benefited from this exercise as a student. I never did this until college in my public speaking class, and boy do you look and sound different on a video than in your head! So, get a video camera, and upload away! Let the students handle the rest…then of course you will need to grade the critiques!

Happy Teaching!

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When you are out of ideas?!

It’s nearing the end of the school year, and you’ve used the computers, the smart board, music, movies, live video, and seem to be out of ideas to keep the kids attention on school and off their summer plans.

Well, this can be a problem and I remember as a student myself the last few weeks were the hardest to keep focused. We just wanted to be out of school! So, what can we as teachers pull out as secret weapons in order to keep their attention?

Let them out of school!

What?! What do you mean by that I assume you are wondering, well yes, let them out of class, let them go out on campus and explore for themselves. Give them a subject that you had in your lesson plans, tell them to incorporate one form of technology and make a mini lesson to teach your class next class session. It feels like a break for the kids, it’s not something generally teachers think to do. However, we as teachers know it best that you learn the best when you are teaching others, right? That’s the beauty of it, they choose their technology, they incorporate it in all types of different ways, they put a lesson together, and the students get to listen to someone other than you, the teacher! This was an idea that I thought of and wished my teachers would’ve let me do so I do not have a specific website to use because the form of the technology would not be up to me! It’s the students choice.

Happy Teaching!