Speaking Club Sparks Our Confidence
Does speaking in front of a group make you shake? Would you like to learn how to speak with confidence and expression in front of an audience?
Grade 4 students in Ms. Michelle Meissner’s class answered “YES!” to these questions and became committed members of a Speaking Club about a month ago. After setting our norms, we brainstormed skills that a good speaker possesses and how to incorporate these into our own oral presentations.
We first learned about limericks, recited a few, and created one of our own to present in front of our classmates. We learned about rhythm and rhyme, and the importance of having good voice projection! It’s hard to speak up when you’re shy, but we encouraged
each other to take risks.
To celebrate prior to the holiday season, we read the poem ’”Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore. We split the poem up into various stanzas and each recited our parts. This time, we focused on how to convey the mood and emotions of the different events in the poem.
However, the most challenging yet rewarding experience so far has undoubtedly been creating and reciting our very own monologues! We chose topics that we are passionate about such as: how much I love curling up to read with a mug of hot chocolate, why we should always have recess in the playground, how much I hate wearing clothes that are bought for me, why I despise homework, and how much I dislike public speaking!
“It wasn’t easy at first, but it got easier to speak in front of my class. I used to look down at my feet, but now I look at the audience when I speak.”
“I’m usually shy, but I learned how to speak up. One thing I learned through Speaking Club is that if you practice a lot, you can do it. I was nervous volunteering to read a monologue, but I just tried it and it wasn’t so bad.”
“I feel a bit more confident than before. I don’t really like speaking in public even now, but I feel a bit better about it.”
Speaking Club has given students an opportunity not only to practice public speaking but also to gain confidence in sharing thoughts and opinions. We hope to continue honing our oral skills throughout the year, so that all of our voices can be heard.
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