Teachers know that many students feel anxious about speaking in public–whether during recitation, class reporting, or school activities.
Here are some strategies that can help you channel your students’ inner orator:
Fight stage fright
Stage fright can cause a student to stutter and lose focus in front of an audience. Help such students by creating a welcoming, casual atmosphere in the classroom. Encourage students to join classroom activities such as impromptu speeches, group reporting, and collaborative projects.
An excellent public-speaking performance results from both students’ confidence and motivation from his or her teacher. Remind your students that they can best harness their potential by freeing themselves from self-doubt and daring to take on new, challenging tasks that give them opportunities for learning and expression.
Compliment and criticize constructively
Evaluate your students’ public speaking and address their strong and weak points. Talk to them individually, so each student becomes more open to the pointers you will give them and feel free to raise any issues or difficulties they have. More importantly, be understanding and appreciate a student’s hard work as he or she tries to be a better speaker.
Let them do the talking
Assigning students different topics can hone their research skills. However, letting students choose their own topic reveals more about themselves. Through this, you give them the freedom and trust to expand abilities to think and talk their ideas out. Let them speak into microphones, but let their thoughts speak louder.
A teacher who refines student’s public speaking ability also helps that student is engage in self-discovery, think logically, and build rapport with different audiences. It also enhances his or her social skills. Check out Phil Life’s “Guro ko, Bayan ko,” where you can share the same stories with hardworking teachers like you.