Tag Archives for " TED Talks "

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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Nov 08

[P.1] TEDx: Real World Context

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

This week has been the ultimate "real world application" of all that your children have learned over the past eleven weeks.This is because each student is preparing a TEDx Talk for a contest sponsored by Simon Sinek. This especially significant because students were challenged to consider their purpose - their "Why" - the first week of school via Sinek's TED Talk.…

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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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Sep 06

What Does It Mean?!

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Week two is complete. Monday is day ten of the school year; with approximately 45 days in each quarter (and half that time for A-Day/B-Day classes), the first nine-week period is nearly one-tenth of the way complete.Week Two in Review (Semester Class)In class, your children have begun giving mini-impromptu speeches. We are using questions from Garry Poole's "The Complete Book of Questions" in order to generate table topic prompts.…

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