Confidence & Innovation: Chapel Talks

Published On: January 19th, 2022 | Categories: Food for Thought |


Innovative Thinking:

An ongoing theme throughout the past two years has been the way our school has continued to provide the key components of the Powhatan experience by leveraging technology. As eighth grade Chapel Talks started just last week, it is a wonderful reminder of the ways our faculty have found creative solutions to overcome obstacles in delivering a high quality education and highlighting the important aspects of our program that we value most. Equal parts tradition and milestone, eighth grade Chapel Talks are a perfect case study in excellence during the pandemic.

Leveraging Technology:

By live-streaming Chapel Talks this year on YouTube into classrooms via Smartboards we have been able to keep this important tradition in the curriculum. View the video below from last year that outlines this innovative approach:



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Having been a tradition at Powhatan for decades, it is looked upon as a capstone to the eighth grade year and a culmination of various types of communications opportunities available throughout the Powhatan experience. Each eighth grader gets up on stage and delivers an 7-10 minute presentation about a topic he or she is not only knowledgeable and passionate about but also one that the mostly younger audience, Pre-K through seventh graders, will be interested in and able to understand. The presentation is followed by a question-answer session. This provides the eighth graders the opportunity to share something unique about themselves, to teach others about it in the process, and to stand up and be leaders for the younger students. It also promotes younger students learning from older students. This capstone project showcases strategies Powhatan students have gained throughout their Powhatan careers such as research, writing, technology, communication, and collaboration.

Building Self-Confidence:

Not to be overlooked is the confidence that is instilled in these young people when they complete their capstone Chapel Talk presentation. “It’s a huge milestone in the Powhatan experience and you can see the self confidence growing as they overcome this challenge,” says Mrs. Robb, the eighth grade Language Arts teacher.

“Research tells us that more than 80% of Americans indicate that speaking in public is their number one fear in life,” continues Mrs.Robb. “So for these students to become comfortable on stage and in front of their peers at 14 years old is a skill that sets our students apart from their peers.”

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