Friday, December 16, 2016
Speaking with Confidence
Whether you're an athlete in competition, a doctor in surgery, or an attorney delivering the closing argument, your confidence improves with practice and experience.
The very same is true of speaking. And so this week I combined a hands-on classroom activity with a techtool website called Let'sRecap.
My classroom activity had my students up and out of their seats, excitedly wandering the classroom while engaging with their classmates. The timing could not have been better. Winter Break is just around the corner and students are as giddy as a toddler on Christmas Eve.
Ultimately, if the lesson went perfectly, it was my goal that students would not only understand new concepts, they would also be able to explain these new concepts using academic language. And this is where www.LetsRecap.com comes in.
With www.LetsRecap.com, I created a reflection assignment for my students that video-recorded their verbal responses. I chose to limit their responses to only 15 seconds, which forced students to be concise in their response and created less grading burden on me as their teacher.
LetsRecap allowed my students to practice speaking in their own chosen low-stress environment; and I found students did well to take advantage of this. Most notably was one student who recorded himself dressed in a Tigger costume and sunglasses!