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New frontiers for new learning
Category Archives: Oral Literacy
April 1, 2011Posted by on
Congratulations to 10 of our intermediate students today who shared their speeches with our school this afternoon. The range of topics was impressive: Nuclear energy, gender discrimination, the Vietnam War, Success, cyberspace, germs, gangs, duo personalities, Free the Children and Lance Armstrong. They approached the topics with confidence and with passion. Students were well researched, rehearsed and prepared to present their ideas. They spoke with conviction and all had presence on stage.
The power of oral language cannot be taken for granted. Learning not only how to talk, let alone in front of others, is a skill that develops from birth and continues throughout our lives. Each day, we try to set opportunities to have students talk with each other because it helps them construct knowledge and understanding. While those opportunities are just as important as “presentations”, I appreciated the courage it took today for the students who shared their thoughts collectively and to witness the journeys they have taken.