St. John’s students actively participate in learning the skills of critical thinking, collaborating, creating and communicating throughout all classes. However, in the elective class public speaking, middle school students engage in a semester of learning and fine tuning their communication skills. The class begins with learning that communication is all about sending and receiving information and that it is an art to making sure what a sender wants communicated is received the way it is intended. Then, students proceed to focus on basic communication skills such as, listening, nonverbal communication and paralanguages (how we verbally relay information). After the basic skills have been learned and practiced, students choose which types of formal public speaking they would like to master.
The pictures and video show students practicing their paralanguages by presenting a story to the class. Communication is a significant life skill for all students to learn, practice and master. Middle school students participating in public speaking class refine this basic skill that connects creativity, critical thinking and collaboration together. Next up–debate!
Laura Kruse, Middle School Teacher