TEDx Event at Middle School!

Are you familiar with TED talks? Did you know that TEDx talks exist? (Find out about them here.) The Benjamin Middle School in North Palm Beach, Florida, is using TEDx to take student speaking to the next level. It has organized TEDx events to showcase brilliantly written student talks for...

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The Last Word

Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine has an ambitious program to make all students competent speakers. It is described this way: “Hebron Academy’s Words Program: Who does all the talking at your school?  At Hebron Academy, we have placed focus on a student-centered public speaking initiative called the “Words Program.” Starting with...

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Civics + Persuasion + Speaking

From the BIE website: “Students will be placed in groups of similar political beliefs based on online assessments and create their own political parties. They will create a party name, logo, platform, and a 30-second campaign commercial. This project is part of a national competition.” See the lesson plans here:...

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Practice Inflection/Life + Fun

Celeste at Cypress Bay High School uses this lesson to teach students the importance of inflection. Students adopt different personas as they say the lines of the script. The different personas require adding different kinds of life to their voices. Download her lesson here: Life lesson.

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History + Technology + Speaking

Scott is a high school social studies teacher in California. His students did a “first person research project” about the Vietnam War and then recorded podcasts. Scott says, ” They blew me away with the passion, creativity and effort they put into this project…Listening to them really energized the class.”...

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Discussion + Technology + Speaking

Sandy teaches in a middle school in Minnesota. She finds engaging short stories and uses them as prompts for discussions. She has an inner ring and an outer ring at discussion time: the inner ring students are discussing the text, the outer ring students have tablets and are critiquing the...

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Art + Language Arts + Speaking!

Terri is an art teacher at an elementary school in Aurora, Colorado.  Language arts classes are studying onomatopoeia.  To reinforce that learning, she has students illustrate a phrase that includes an example of onomatopoeia.  Because she values speaking well, she asks students to introduce their art to the class…and she...

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