Friday, March 17, 2006

The Experiment Returns

It's time to dust the cobwebs off of this blog, because I've got an idea that belongs in this space. Next quarter, I will return to teaching public speech, a subject I haven't formally taught for a couple of years. I want my speech class to be a combination of writing for public audiences, speaking for public audiences, and learning how to collect and present information in such a way as to be useful for both speaking and writing.
That's where I think the blog comes in.
I want each of my students to maintain a public research blog on the topic or two of their choice. They will collect information in these spaces, link to source material, write reflections on what they've learned. We'll Suprglu the class blogs together to have a class page of knowledge to use to share tips and thoughts. Perhaps, after speeches are given, they will be able to podcast via their blogs, if they so choose -- although I don't know that I want to require that. But then again, maybe I do.
If you are reading this, then I'm guessing that you might have some ideas about how to teach a speech class. What should we be sure to cover? What sorts of topics do you think would be interesting enough for possibly reluctant high school students to study for several weeks?
Ten days to go time. I wonder if this plan will work.


Blogger Nancy McKeand said...

I have absolutely no idea about speech classes, but I love this idea, and I am really happy to see this blog back in business!

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Darren Kuropatwa said...

You and your kids always do great work my friend. I'm waiting with bated breath to learn more from all of you. ;-)

2:24 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I can't wait to see what you do with all of this. I teach public speaking at a community college, and I'm always looking for ways to get students engaged, of course, and online stuff always seems to work. Please keep us informed!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Bud said...

Anna -

This blog's asleep - but we did do those things - send me an e-mail if you'd like to learn more:

11:46 AM  
Blogger A Bump on a Blog said...

I plan on videotaping at least one of the speeches, adding it to the blogs, then the other students will have to critique it.

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