My Speech Class Help Checklist

My speech class tips plus a lineup for teaching and exercising speaking on persuasive speech topics at different high school education forms. While the informative speaking is probably the easiest to teach, convincing other ones is going to be a whole different story.

There are many reasons you will find that students are going to have trouble with this style of speaking, whether you are teaching grade school, high school, or college students.

This is because persuasive speaking requires the students:

    1. To be vocal about their speech topics in my speech class education lessons;


    1. They are passionate about the choice the made to speak out in front of their classmates;


  1. At the same time realizing that the speech ideas are controversial enough for persuasive speaking in my lesson hours. It has clearly be labeled as such and the total of the presentation must feel convincing and should show self esteem too.

I always prefer to put a few educational goals in one assignment. And I communicate the aims I have in mind with the candidates.

I think they have to understand why they are asked to write a speech as described in the tasksheet I give them.

These requirements are often felt as ungentle and unpleasant. It makes a lot of students uncomfortable in my speech class practices, as many of them do not like the fact that they may make waves with their fellow class mates.

But: in the end I think this is the best way to enforce their persuasive public speaking skill toolbox.

My advice to reduce stress factors that come along with this teaching method: explain, and again explain why you want them audit this way. And in my experience students – even high school students – are capable to grasp the idea.

If you help them perceiving the true meaning of the demanded performance you win their hearts and minds on the long term!

And you what? If one sheep leaps over the ditch in my speech class, all the rest will follow. Sure you are not surprised.

That is my experience in almost twenty years of high school teaching 🙂 And I presume that you as a teacher has similar observations too.

Getting the lead in a snap is just picking on one popular, smart and talented student – praise her or him in public – and the rest of the class will follow for sure. Stimulate some competition too if you like. Praise in public is essential – state why – and with your proper guidance they all are invited to walk the right path to public speaking success.

Do not forget to assist where they have serious questions – help them on their mission to the stage. Put them in a situation in which they find good solutions by asking them simple questions.

It works, and you as a teacher know that for sure I guess – it is part of our educational mindset 🙂

My Speech Class Teachers’ Checklist
Here is my personal teachers’ checklist to give my colleagues a helping hand. Mention these essential things in your educational assignment or handout:

В  В  1. Show us your understanding of the discussed material.

Make sure that all of the students clearly understand the difference between politely disagreeing with a statement and a personal harsh attack. This could help solve a lot of problems in advance.

Understanding means in real life: eating the public speaking speech topic elephant one bite at a time … that’s to say step by step.

В  В  2. Produce valid and reliable evidence from independent sources.

Make sure that the students are prepared to use evidence with their case in order to back up their claims and beliefs properly. In my speech class I always ask my high school education students to research the next three types of evidence that can be used when working within a persuasive speaking assignment:

a. Factual evidence

Let them offer lists with data, and let them abstract and assess the information presented. They have to prove, inspect, and determine the quality of the given data and show trends and patterns.

And remember, in my speech class it essential and for certain indispensable to indicate – straight forward or in between the lines of their speeches – that they master the subject or issue presented. When a student comes forward and starts talking from the cuff, she or he must make a good impression at first glance – you see, another personal build-in education goal …

And that strategy really works, always. You could even create tailormade suggestions in personal supplements you handout to talented girls and boys. Although that is a lot of work and do not apply this tip at the start of the school year.

First watch and see how they perform in other similar situations;

b. Expert research and findings

Let them investigate if there are scientific theoies or explanations. Discuss and judge the outcomes.

Sometimes you have to help them a bit. Think about theories and testiomonials or famous quotations they can look up at the internet;

c. Examples

I will give extra points for every extraordinary A+ student who collects the right examples for the material communicated. The samples must reflect fully the scope of the discussed statement.

В  В  3. Think about a persuasion strategy – what do you want us to do/think?

I teach my speech class pupils in my assignment forms and tasksheets to have some sort of strategy in place, in order to have the best chance at making their persuasive public speaking efforts a great success. Help them with formulating such a strategy by working out a vision.

You could call it a mini mission-statement for persuasive public speaking efforts. They have to write down in a ten to twelve word phrase what they are up to, what they want to communicate in front of schoolmates.

This special requirement really helps to set a mental attitude to reach for high aims 🙂

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