Category Archives for "Classroom Updates"

Mar 15

[P.3] Halfway There: Winding Down the Third Quarter

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Midterms are right around the corner, and as the year is beginning to thaw, the class is winding down the third quarter.Currently, students have had numerous formal and informal speaking opportunities as they have lead the class, created original orations, delivered declamations, developed and shared both impromptu speeches as well as impromptu evaluations.​As we near the final weeks of this quarter, we will begin our mid-term.…

Read More...
Mar 15

[A/B] SPAR and Lincoln-Douglas: The Final Quarter

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Throughout the past two weeks, students have been learning the art of debate. Through informal SPAR debate (i.e. spontaneous argument), we have been fine tuning the procedures and methodology or argumentation.Debate is an intense process - both in the preparation for and in the culmination of a clash in views, values, beliefs, and ideas.Throughout the remainder of the third quarter and into the final quarter of the semester, each student will be engaging value arguments in order to challenge and persuade their classmates that​ he or she has the most reasonable approach to a given proposition.Further information on Lincoln-Douglas debate and the resolutions to be argued can be found on the NFL website.​…

Read More...
Mar 01

[A/B] Logical Trust – An Argument for Debate

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Students have begun the first step in their journey toward debate - that step is in learning that debate is more than just a spewing of opinion. It is a logical progression of thought. It requires intense listening. Above all, it requires an honest deliberation and exchange of ideas, beliefs, values, and assumptions.During the past week, we engaged a framework for the importance of debate: it is not a fight (which is only concerned with winning); rather, it is a leadership opportunity to offer guidance and direction through the art of persuasion.Games are not life, but they may provide a beautiful microcosom of it.…

Read More...
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.…

Read More...
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…

Read More...
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.…

Read More...
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.…

Read More...
Jan 11

Midterms and Finals

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

With a wonderful holiday break behind us and a week of review "under our belts," the midterm and final exam are finally upon us.If your child is in an A/B Day class, then he or she will take a midterm, and if your child is in a one semester class, then he or she will take a final exam.The test is a culmination of two parts - half of the exam is based on speaking and the other half is based on written knowledge.…

Read More...
1 2 3 4