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