Public Speaking: We Learn not for school but for LIFE

Published On: April 15th, 2024 | Categories: Food for Thought |


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Congratulations to each member of the Class of 2024 on a successful series of Chapel Talks! This morning’s presentation marked our final Chapel Talk of the school year. This experience is a wonderful example of our school motto; We learn not for school but for LIFE.

Public Speaking: Life Skills

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 a 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 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.”