Friday morning I had planned to lecture on 3 chapters: delivery, evaluating, and language. I don’t really know what I was thinking when I planned that, though. After seeing the difficulty that my T/TR class had with the evaluation forms I thought that I should make some adjustments so that my FRI class doesn’t have the same issues.
I used our college communication website to let my students know that we weren’t going to cover the chapter on language. Instead, after we covered the delivery chapter and evaluation chapter I showed my students some more video examples of informative speeches and then I had them fill out the evaluation forms just like they will be doing next week. I hope that I will see a world of difference with their evaluation forms over my T/TR class.
I also handed out their assignment sheet for their demonstrative speech and the outline grading rubric. I cleared up some of the confusion that my T/TR class had with their demonstrative speech topics by going over the 3 types of general purposes, and reminding them that most demonstrative speeches use the chronological pattern of organization, and that a central idea should include your main points.
My outfit isn’t going to win any awards for creativity, but I went to school with clothes on. This is a simple outfit of a button up shirt and trouser pants. Even the accessories are minimal– just a watch and some earrings. I think some days need simplicity. I don’t think that I’ve ever worn this exact outfit before, either. I know that I have paired this shirt with black dress pants and black pointy toed heels, but that’s as close as I’ve come. (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.)
I passed back their outlines and we talked about the next step in the process. My FRI class only has to deliver 3 speeches while my T/TR class does 4. I made this decision based on my experience with my Spring 2012 once a week class. But, I’ve got a great group of students and I think that they could have handled doing another speech.
Part of me feels like I am short-changing them by only having them do 3. I think the way to combat this is to find a lot of different speaking activities to help them gain more confidence in public speaking throughout the course.
Does anyone have any really good speaking assignments or idea’s that I might be able to adapt for my course? I’d love to hear your comments.
- The Three P’s of a Successful Speech (prmarketingcommunication.com)
- How To Give Stronger Constructive Feedback to Presenters (alexrister1.wordpress.com)
- Do still remember your first time? (2nd Oct 2012) (mtmcsunway.wordpress.com)
- Student Peer Evaluation: Plusses and Minuses (socrato.com)
- Can Teacher Evaluation Improve Teaching? (educationnext.org)
- Peer Evaluation in Practice: Part II (The Evaluator’s Perspective) (transformed.typepad.com)