Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Festival

Just a reminder this is Fall Festival week! Dress up and bring in food and toiletries for the Wells Community Harvest Food Bank! I love this week due to all the after school activities and dress up days!

Monday: Hay Day
Tuesday: Favorite Character Day
Wednesday: Class Color Day

  • 12 - Black
  • 11 - Red
  • 10 - Blue
  •   9 - Green

Thursday: Throwback Thursday
Friday: Gridiron Day - Red and Black Day

I will post pictures to my IG account and Twitter account as the week goes on! Follow the #bo8 to see the pictures!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A King's Speech

This week Speech students have been looking back in time, back to King George V and his sons, Edward and Albert. Did you know that Albert had a terrible speech impediment. When he was forced to become king the radio had just become very popular. How was he going to stand strong when he could barely say his name without a stammer.

This true story helps students see the true strength in a leader, and one of those strengths would be to verbally unite a mass of people. Albert soon become King George VI and his wonderful therapist Lionel helped guide him through a stammer and the technical and psychology side of a speech issue. 

Here is a sound track to the real King George VI giving a speech via a radio recording. Below the video with a radio recording, there is a filming of King George VI giving a speech, notice his nonverbal evidence of a stutter or stammer. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Speech of the Year!

I love the first speech of the year! But.... sometimes my students don't! So, to try and get them to see the positive side of public speaking we do an activity called "Positive Thoughts". On (or close to) the first day of school each student stands against a white board while a group of classmates write positive comments around their heads. They are not allowed to see any of the comments until the day of their first speech in the form of a movie.

It serves as a reminder that their classmate are in fact supportive and think nice things about each other. Also, they are excited about seeing the film and forget about the anxiety of speaking, even if it is just a three minute break.

Here is our film:

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