Q1: In what ways do students practice their speaking skills in your classroom?
- Student talk in small groups daily and during class discussions. Sometimes we have formal oral presentations
- I find many out of the box ideas on Pinterest. It is a fabulous source for quick ideas on just about any topic
- Not as many formal speeches as I used to; more focus on discussions as per CCSS skills. But students benefit from public speaking
- 7th grade students give book talks on their independent reading choices. As part of the ceremony of 12 from the Giver, each student gives a speech announcing another student’s assignment job
- We have group, partner, class discussions, some formal presentations. Tomorrow we are trying Philosophical Chairs. We also have annual speech competitions in our school, both English & French. Grade 8s present a bilingual speech
- Small group discussions are an incredible way to spark student conversation! Especially leading into big classroom discussion!
- How do they not? Middle school is all about dialogue, collaboration, both formal and informal. Screencastify is a new fun tool
- I love Socratic Seminars! Literature Circles are another great way to get students discussing a text in a smaller setting
- Have you used the read/write add on? It allows students to practice fluency by reading aloud their Google Doc
- Today we had small group “airplane” talks: taxiing for Level 1 questions, flying stage = deepest discussion, landing = recap
- Not much experience with speaking – just Modern Woodman contest
Q2: How do you assess students during speaking activities? (Share rubrics, checklists, etc.)
- I assess students with a variation of this rubric. Consistency helps them achieve mastery. https://twitter.com/2peasandadog/status/851950744672415744/photo/1
- I pass this out day 1 & require it in hand for EVERY disc. Top is dense question model. Bottom is accountable talk https://twitter.com/kaiegaffigan/status/851956798886207489/photo/1
- Checking off LTs broken down from our big skills. Students also reflect on how they performed on the LTs immediately after
- @erik_palmer‘s PVLEGS rubrics & checklists
Q3: How do you encourage reluctant speakers?
- Baby steps?
- Sometimes I use popsicle sticks with names on them to encourage talking. I also give them a heads up that I will call on them
- I like the heads up! Better than putting already nervous kids on the spot
- Lots of little risk-free practice–no grade attached. And building a comfortable, relaxed environment
- Whatever it takes. I stand with them if it’s whole group, of have them come in at lunch for extreme cases
- A lot of small group conversations and discussions prior to large group presentations seems to help!
- My reluctant speakers like Fish Bowl & Socratic seminars. Smaller audience, more time to share their ideas, and it’s prepared
- I’ve also had students present in pairs, record their presentation, or choose small groups to present in some circumstances
Q4: What are your favorite speaking and listening assignments?
- Students like to discuss Current Events and Hot Topics. I also LOVE book clubs where students can talk to each other
- Well structured Socratic Seminars can be great http://www.theliterarymaven.com/2016/03/SocraticSeminars.html
- I love to have students use task cards to create improv skits based on the content of the text.
- Poetry slam has been a big hit, book talks, current events, Socratic seminars, “TED” talks, drama re-enactments
- Students really get into debates, although I find I usually have a few who dominate. I like combining live disc. with online chat
- Here’s a #hyperdocs I made for a passion project that ends in an oral presentation https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_9AF4aWakJIgHNIQTcJ3sWzdARGHgFXSyp_QC1mIKtI/view
Q5: Share a resource for teaching speaking skills (book, article, blog post, etc.)
- http://www.davestuartjr.com/ has great posts and ideas
- Love your Current Events/Hot Topics/Book talks, @2peasandadog, @literarymaven‘s Socratic seminars, @erik_palmer‘s books
- Have you tried Prezi? http://jenniferwolfe.net/2016/01/something-cool-from-my-classroom-presenting-with-prezi.html
- I like Article of the Week for discussion topics (and reading practice)
- Check out this oral presentations assignment bundle
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