I just got this video, “Effective Communication,” from my Stenhouse email. Eric Palmer gives me more reasons we should teach speaking as well as listening mindfully. While my kids don’t do a lot of output early on, we do have the ten-minute prep for short group presentations. After watching this, I’m going to make sure that I help kids remember to stand up straight, use gestures etc. even for group presentations. The jury is out as to whether I feel it’s appropriate to grade the elements of public speaking in my Russian language classes (I could argue either way at this moment), but a certain degree of focus will certainly do them a favor in their lives.


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