Monthly Archives: February 2015

Feb 15

[P.3] From Declamations to Original Masterpieces

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

The week has quickly passed, and the class is now pressing close to the midway point of the third quarter. In the past three weeks, we have studied both the elements of making meaning and the essence of an excellent delivery. Thus, at this point in the class, students should realize that speaking before an audience is a privilege and that how an idea is expressed is equally as important as that which is being conveyed.Last week, students began sharing their declamations.…

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Feb 08

[P.3] The Body Speaks (for Those Who Listen)

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Throughout the past five days, every student has been memorizing his or her declamation. The purpose of this work is to provide everyone with the opportunity to empower a speech with their own interpretive flare - their unique voice and expressive understanding. Through this endeavor, students will have a more complete understanding of how their delivery skills and choices impact the meaning of their speech.In preparation, we have also analyzed, contemplated, and discussed several videos and texts:​ "Cinderella's Stepsisters," by Toni Morrison "Art Made of Storms," by Nathalie Miebach "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are," by Amy Cuddy "How to Spot a Liar," by Pamela Meyer…

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Feb 01

[P.3] Ice Breakers, Declamations, Impromptu, Oh My!?

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

For me, learning is a sprint and not a stroll (although there are times when we must meander and bask in the process). My goal is to glean as much learning, as humanly possibly, from every moment. Students have, therefore, metaphorically "stepped up to the mic." We have been busy during the past seven days and have accomplished the following: students learned how to analyze a text via the analytical arrow students considered how meaning is created by analyzing the poems "Things," and "Words"students further considered how meaning is created by analyzing the essays "Projecting Meaning" and "The Day Language Came Into My Life"every student completed his/her first speech (a 1 min - 2 min ice breaker) about one third of students have given their first impromptu speech students considered the ideas of Megan Washington and the importance of being authentic while speakingstudents analyzed declamations by Noah Eisenfelder, Erin Walsh, and Kelon Williamsstudents are preparing their first declamation and completing chapter one of Speech During the next week, the class will be focusing on the elements of delivery: what techniques are necessary in delivering a great speech.…

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Feb 01

[A/B] TEDx – Presentations with Power(Point, Prezi, Google, etc.)

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

The new semester has begun, and we are deep into our next set of speeches. Last week we began our TEDx speeches, an idea that was born out of a SkillShare developed by Simon Sinek.At the heart of every TED Talk is a giving attitude designed to either persuade the audience to think and believe differently or inspire the audience to go further and take action upon the ideas of the given speech.Many of TED speakers use PowerPoint (or an equivalent variation​) to supplement their content.…

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