- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571108815
- ISBN-13: 978-1571108814
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students
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All teachers at all grade levels in all subjects have speaking assignments for students, but many teachers believe they don’t know how to teach speaking, and many even fear public speaking themselves.
In his new book, Well Spoken, veteran teacher and education consultant Erik Palmer shares the art of teaching speaking in any classroom. Teachers will find thoughtful and engaging strategies for integrating speaking skills throughout the curriculum. Palmer stresses the essential elements of all effective oral communication, including:
• Building a Speech: Audience, Content, Organization, Visual Aids, and Appearance
• Performing a Speech: Poise, Voice, Life, Eye Contact, Gestures, and Speed
• Evaluating a Speech: Creating Effective Rubrics, Guiding Students to Excellence
Well Spoken contains a framework for understanding the skills involved in all effective oral communication, offers practical steps and lesson ideas that any teacher needs to successfully teach speaking in a variety of situations—from classroom discussions to formal presentations—and includes a set of tools for students—from how to grab the audience’s attention to how to use emphatic hand gestures and adjust speed for effect.
Discover why, year after year, students returned to Palmer’s classroom to thank him for teaching them how to be well spoken. You may find, after reading this book, that you have become a better speaker, too.
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The book is straightforward and of greatest value to teachers who have done little with public speaking in the past. If you're a teacher who HAS taught public speaking, you probably won't find a lot of new ideas here. What you will find, however, are a few activities, suggested rubrics, and all manner of advice, some better than others. I disagree, for instance with Palmer's suggestion that teachers call on sporting volunteers to wing it in front of the class so that the teacher can follow with exaggerations of the common mistakes just witnessed ("um," "uh," rocking, pulling of shirt ends, etc.). While he's careful to say you must choose the right student and have the proper classroom dynamic, I think even "good sports" who play along might take it home and privately mull over it. Are you willing to take that chance? Overall, however, all the basics are here. Nothing fancy. Just speaking -- or as Palmer likes to put it, just "PVLEGS." That's Poise, Voice, Life, Eye Contact, Gestures, and Speed.
since they can be adapted for any level and any curriculum area.