Monday, May 2, 2011

Events (Speech Contest)

Hello,
                Wintermute here with your daily dose of Dumbr. Yesterday we started our new segment "Events”, today we will discuss one of my favorite events, the Speech Contest.

O: I feel their speech should be short; it’s not about how much they can read off a piece of paper, but rather how well they perform in front of others.

            O: When I have my students go up I do not allow them to read from anything and instead have them give a self introduction. An example would be: “Hello my name is Wintermute, I am 23 years old, and I go to The Dumbr School of Education. I enjoy writing meaningful blogs to help educate the masses who think it smart to become a teacher with no prior teaching experience.

O:  A simple and short quick self introduction and maybe a hobby.  Things to check for while the students are performing would be, clarity, pronunciation, flow, attitude, and of course comprehension.  If you trained your students well, they should be able to jump up, run on stage, and yell out their speech with pride and honor in their prepubescent voice.  If however you didn't, your student will deny standing up, refuse to go on stage, and pause in front of their peers.

            O: To prevent this, practice in class, I practiced with my students every day, having them talk about their work in front of the class. Also I would do show and tell every Friday. When the time came to perform in front of the whole school my students were smiling and carrying on a conversation with themselves.

O: When other classes went up, they brought up pieces of paper; you could not hear them nor see their faces. Let me ask you something. When your student goes outside in the real world to talk to other people, is he/she going to have a piece of paper to stare from?

            O: As they get better you can of course get more involved and sound less robotic. Have them bring up artwork to talk about, or ask them what planet they would like to live on and why. I had two classes that loved T.V., so I would ask them things like what Pokemon or Power Ranger they would be.

                Thank you all for being here, please ask questions, I love them and will answer them. Be sure to come back tomorrow, where we will discuss how to run a Dumbr Quiz Bowl.

Your Event Planner,
Wintermute

36 comments:

  1. Thanks for the insight mate - Sounds pretty nerve wracking for them!

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  2. Crazy dude! I heard that Public speaking was once feared more then death! good show helping these kids out. Great skill to learn.

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  3. very interesting tips, keep up the good work.

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  4. yeah, i would fail horribly at this.

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  5. congrats to your visa number!

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  6. I would defo give it a try. following.

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  7. the speech giving process is alot harder than some people know, i remember my final project in drama, it was a monologue i had written myself, it wasn't easy.

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  8. This advice is better than drugs to calm people during a public speech. Thanks!

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  9. Man, I feel sorry for all those kids who're still in school...

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  10. Yeah I dont think I could teach!

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  11. as an acting teacher I agree that getting the performer used to not having a piece of paper to hide behind is a basic first step.

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  12. I would always get butterflies in my stomach before doing a speech. ):
    Do you do show-and-tells in your class?

    Looking forward to the quiz bowl!

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  13. yes I do Jamie, ever Friday!, why didn't I think to say that, of course.

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  14. What pokemon or power ranger they wanted to be? You are already my favorite teacher of all time!

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  15. Great blog sir, I was doing a lot of public speaking workshops this weekend for state officer training. Getting better, preparation is a must for me

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  16. There's no way I won't use this info.

    a3

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  18. Its amazing. How thought through your actions are. I honestly belive; If anything can remove their fears of public speaking and bring out the best in them, this is it!

    Hope they will appreciate it some day and thank you.

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  19. So you made lunch yesterday and didn't take photos? Booo you! next time you do, take some and leave me a comment with it :D(yes we do have dennys but I've never been, and it's not every where around here)

    & As for this post, I have a problem with speaking in-front of classes.. not only but I have a hard time with pronouncing English sometimes LOL

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  20. Woohoo, imageshack works perfect for em' :D

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  21. It's good that you teach your students how to speak in front of others! I always get nervous when I speak in front of class lol

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  22. A lot of people get that first one wrong and think they have to talk as much as possible instead of trying to be concise and deliver it effectively

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  23. I love being social, center of attention... at a bar. I still hate giving public speeches.

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  24. ive always been terrible at public speaking, but im taking speech 101 right now and im actually getting good at it.

    Wish i could answer questions like "what planet i wana live on" or "what pokemon i would be" though lol

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  25. i love your blog it's great!

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  26. Your kids are probably better at giving speeches than i am :(

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  27. Your class sound like something I would have dreaded to go to, honestly.

    Maybe it's because I'm one of those people who hate/fear giving out speeches, haha.

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  28. you're really helping those kids, I love it! I used to get so so nervous in front of people, and even though I'm still shy, I think what has helped me the most is just getting older.

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