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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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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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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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