One important skill we practice is public presenting. Routinely we take turns presenting information related to our studies.
In each practice setting, students are expected to summarize information they've studied into succinct 1 to 3 minute presentations. They are allowed to make notes on white boards but are encouraged to speak from memory.
Some of the key skills we focus on are:
- Clarity of voice
- Voice projection
- Avoiding filler words
- Presentation posture
There is a lot of value in polishing public speaking skills. Long term, comfort in this area, could serve students well in higher grades, community work, social situations, and even future job interviews.
It's also a great time for us to review our listening skills. We talk a lot about the value of being a focused listener and how to respectfully show your attention during presentations.