Monday, October 02, 2006

Speeches Given

Both class sessions this week were consumed by student speeches. I hate grading students for doing something that is so difficult for most people. I know I hate standing in front of strangers, trying to sound articulate.

I end up grading mainly for research skills and an ability to reflect on personal performance.

Honestly, I don't know what anyone can teach about speaking in 15 weeks. I'm left hoping that practice is enough to help some students relax even a little bit more by the end of the semester. I'm also hoping the "actors" learn to turn down the performances a few notches to speak more conversationally. Other than practicing in a somewhat safe environment, not much else can be done.

It's back to hoping they learn to listen well, if nothing else.

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