Category Archives: Student Prep

How to cure a case of the butterflies…

Some kids are naturally comfortable speaking in front of an audience, while others fear just the thought of it.   Be creative about student roles in the WOW! and make sure all students participate in some way.  Here are some alternative … Continue reading

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Stay on Track with a WOW! Map

How do you really know you are on track for the WOW!? Well, Team Leaders and Citizen Teachers in New York use their visuals wisely to keep them on the highway to WOW!. Continue reading

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We Can’t Hear You!

Speaking in front of an audience can be a frightening experience for a middle school student. Improving their public speaking skills might even be more challenging than teaching them the difficult content of your apprenticeship. Don’t panic! Continue reading

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Tell a Story with Your Hands

Standing stiff in front of a crowd is not the ideal way to keep the audience engaged and interested. By becoming more animated, students will increase the chances that the audience will continue paying attention. Using hand gestures also shows they are comfortable presenting their WOW! and have spent time practicing their presentation. This is a fun activity that allows the students to be creative and a little bit goofy. Continue reading

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Practice Presentations for Perfection

Every school subject uses mnemonic devices to help students remember content. What the heck are Mnemonic devices, you say? I bet you know a handful of them already. Mnemonic (silent ‘m’) devices are any memory or learning aid that attempts to make remembering a complicated sequence or other content easier. They are also usually verbal and use literary devices in some way. Think about how you use Roy G. Biv to remember the colors of the rainbow or PEMDAS to remember the order of operations. Continue reading

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Making Eye Contact

If you have a group that needs to work on eye contact for their oral presentation skills, this activity is a great way to keep the entire class engaged through all the speakers. By giving the students in the audience a task, they will be more likely to hold their attention on the speaker for a longer period of time. Continue reading

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Never Stare at a Visual

Moving around comfortably on stage is a sure sign of a quality public speaker. When you are in the spotlight and are still able to act naturally, you’ve got what it takes to deliver a great WOW! presentation. As a teacher, you are very experienced with using a visual, writing on a board, or operating a projector – all while maintaining the class and teaching the content. Your students will have more difficulty multitasking and this lesson is meant to assist them. This lesson focuses on a technique that easily reminds them of the order in which they should present a point from their visual. Continue reading

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Fabulous Feet for Public Speaking

Try this activity during your lesson on public speaking. Make sure the students have some significant content to present, but if they don’t, prepare a few generic questions they can respond to while in front of the class. Continue reading

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