This empowering series takes students in grades 1-8 through a circuit of classes that starts with an introduction to public speaking in the fall. The winter session expands on speaking skills with a focus on the qualities of leadership and teamwork. Our spring session completes the circuit by mastering public speaking and leadership through debate. This series is designed to empower each student with a tool box for opportunity and success.
Public speaking has been rated the worst fear in adults. Why not conquer that fear as a child when inhibitions are low and learning new skills comes naturally? Our children will be required to make presentations and command an audience as soon as junior high. As they go through higher levels of education presentation skills become the key to success. Through engaging interactive games and fun activities, students will learn to get past their fear, embrace their audience, write and deliver an effective speech, and improvise. Students will be coached, recorded, and critiqued individually. Class will culminate with a speech presentation for family and friends.
Students take the spark and ignite it by linking public speaking and leadership. How do leaders succeed and make a difference in the world? Students learn specific qualities and skills that all true leaders possess and use to take their teams to success. Students will continue to practice and refine their public speaking skills as they become leaders through teamwork and activities. Class will culminate with a persuasive speech for family and friends.
By spring we take the spark and ignite to power up our students to complete the circuit by mastering their public speaking and leadership skills through debate. Learning to debate a topic helps students grasp many essential critical thinking and presentation skills. Through fun content, silly and serious topics, and leadership and teamwork students will make logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence. Students will learn that opinions have reasons, that some reasons are better than others, and that nothing is as simple as it seems. Our series will culminate with a panel of debates for family and friends to observe.