Grade 1-2: Pre-Public Speaking. This class focuses on teaching the beginning building blocks of public speaking. Starting with being ready, practiced, and focused, they will learn the importance of body language and varying the tempo and tone of their voice. They will also learn the value of good openings and closes. Within the fun milieu of the show and tell, storytelling, and poetry recitals, the goal is for your child to start developing more confidence and skill in expressing themselves to a group.
Grade 3-5: Public Speaking & Debate Combo. This class focuses on teaching delivery and presentation skills to the students. Students learn how to manage public speaking anxiety, present themselves with confidence, and connect with their audience through effective body language. It improves their confidence in public speaking and communication skills. They learn different approaches to preparing for a speech, for example speaking from notes or from memory. The students learn how to make strong arguments, use tools like flow, and practice note-taking. This course instills critical thinking in students by providing reasoning and evidence. This course introduces various formats of debates popular in high school. The participants debate on a variety of age-appropriate topics in various formats.
Don Maker holds a BA in English and Comparative Literature from UC San Diego and an MA in Education from Chapman University. He was an English and History teacher before leaving public education to work with private companies and students. He is also a published author of seven novels, numerous articles, and poems, and has written two screenplays and one stage play. he loves teaching students of all ages and wishes for each student to reach their maximum potential.
January 17-April 24, 2024 (13 sessions). Meet every Wednesday at 3:30 pm (Grade 1-2) and at 4:30 pm (Grade 3-5)
NO CLASSES: 02/21 President's Day Break and 04/03 Spring Break.
(Minimum 7 students/Maximum 10 students)