In a previous post I mentioned co-ops where the teachers are the moms, or dads, of the kids taking the classes. Click here for that post. Teaching a Co-op Class
There is another type of co-op where students are taught by teachers who are independent contractors. The teachers are usually homeschool moms, but there are also homeschool dads and even homeschooled kids who teach. Our local homeschool co-op offers a multitude of classes in a setting like this.
And, ta-da....next school year I am going to teach a speech class to 7th-12th grade homeschooled students at our local co-op where I'll be an independent contractor.
Well, I'll teach if there are at least 10 students who sign up.
I will be using Institute for Excellence in Writing's Speech Boot Camp and possibly Toastmaster material.
My older 5 kids ages 7-15 participated in a speech club this school year. The kids age 7-12 had a beginner speech class and they had so much fun telling jokes, reciting poems, and having "show-and-tell". They didn't even know it was really a speech class. When kids learn to comfortable speaking in front of people at young age like that, they hopefully won't have that fear of talking in front of others that so many people experience.
I hope to bridge that and help students enjoy public speaking and learn positive techniques for presenting in public.
Question: How many of you feel comfortable getting up and speaking in public? Do you use that skill? When and where?