Class environment is fairly casual, all students are requested to be prepared for public speaking for every class session.Part of being prepared for speaking is to set yourself up for success, and minimize distractions. To be considered prepared for public speaking, students should always have:
- Shoes that stay on the feet snugly and don't drag on the floor
- Good shoes: tennis shoes, Vans, Converse, shoes that tie or buckle snugly
- Bad shoes: flip-flops, Crocs, slippers, loose sandals
- Hair fastened back, using bobby pins, barrettes, hair bands, etc.
For Speaker Showcase day, students are expected to have clothing that is business casual. As the aim of this is to exercise a professional demeanor, simple slacks or a skirt with a collared shirt and dress shoes in a consistent solid neutral color (such as black, grey, or navy) are considered standard. Accessories should be minimal, and hair should be tidy and off the face.
**A full suit is not required; however, if the student already has one, it may be used.
Classes in which we try to explore many elements of a current event, and the goal is to maximize the amount of time in class that can be spent giving speeches and related activities.
Students are requested to arrive in class with the homework completed. Toward that end, students are expected to do approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour of homework per week,
consisting primarily of **SEEE-I papers. Students are encouraged to work on this throughout the week, so as to allow themselves time to understand the material prior to class. During the week, students are encouraged to use email to communicate questions to the instructor.
**In the event that a student needs assistance with reading the articles, we request that parents take time to read the article with their child.
Typical homework will include:
- 1 SEEE-I paper every week (based on article provided in class, or emailed in the event of absence)
- practicing delivery of SEEE-I papers every week
- practicing delivery of speeches under development 1-2 times per unit
**A SEEE-I paper is a short essay written on a specific subject, usually 8-12 sentences. Students are provided
with an outline and suggested sentence prompts for each section.
Statement: (1 sentence stating the basic premise) "I found this article interesting because..."
Elaboration: (3-4 sentences explaining Statement in depth) "In other words..."
Evidence: (1-2 sentences using the article to illustrate) "For instance..."
Example: (1-2 sentences using real-world examples outside the article) "For example..."
Impact: (2-3 sentences explaining how this affects people) "This is important because..."
As part of the homework for all SEEE-I papers, students are to practice delivery through reading them aloud to
someone. This may be a parent or other adult in the household, or students are allowed to use video-chat
(such as Skype or FaceTime) to practice with another adult, such as a grandparents.