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Sep 20

Let the Speeches Begin

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Period 1​There has been enough preparation and work toward a common understanding of speech and debate that the class is now on the cusp of starting a new journey: your children are preparing to become professional speakers. After several weeks of table topics and literary analysis, each student will now begin applying his and her knowledge toward communicating ideas, values, and stories that each one holds dear.In preparation for this new journey into public speaking, students completed the following: students completed various activities to focus on developing nonverbal communication (i.e.…

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Sep 13

The Silent Messaging of Non-Verbals

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Students are preparing to give their declamation speeches. The focus for this week has therefore been on non-verbals (the silent messages that we all communicate).Interestingly enough, it is the silent messages of non-verbal communication that accounts for the greatest portion of our expression. It also is subconsciously given greater value than the spoken word - people want to see the action behind the word.Week three of instruction has been focused upon this very concept.…

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