Blog 2/10 - ISTE Reflection and Sharing
Now, it may seem as though he was against teachers showing and sharing students' work, but he isn't. Palmer stated that his concern was sharing rough drafts of students' work. For the next two hours he shared his ideas about the two stages for creating an audio/visual project: building a speech and performing a speech.
The part of the session that really held my attention was the part about performing a speech. Palmer used an acronym he developed to explain the strategy his believes helps students perform a great speech. The acronym is PVLEGS.
- Poise - performers need to give the appearance of being calm and confident. (Note the use of the word appearance.)
- Voice - every word should be heard. It doesn't mean presenters need to yell, but they should be clear.
- Life - nobody wants to hear a robot speak, so the presenter needs to have passion, feeling, and emotion in their voice, face, and body language.
- Eye Contact - presenters need to make an effort to establish eye contact with their audience.
- Gestures - a good speaker makes use of emphatic and descriptive hand gestures. They are also aware of how their facial expressions and body language affect the message.
- Speed - appropriate speed is essential. This doesn't mean you always have to slow down. Sometimes speaking fast is effective and necessary.
Now, you may read PVLEGS and think, "Yeah, I expect that from my students when they present. Who doesn't?" However, the revelation that I made during the session was that I expect PVLEGS from my students, but I don't teach it. I grade them on it, but I don't teach it.
If we are to continue advocating that students share their work with a larger audience, we need to make sure that we are not only expecting them to share content that is meaningful and accurate, but we must also teach them to share work that is of high quality in appearance and performance.
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