ERIC Number: EJ1003279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 7
Speaking of Speaking
Larmer, John; Mergendoller, John R.
Educational Leadership, v70 n4 p74-76 Dec 2012-Jan 2013
From the early elementary grades through high school, the Common Core State Standards ask students to organize and explain their ideas in oral presentations, use visual aids, and speak appropriately for various contexts and tasks. Although teachers could give assignments that teach some of these skills in isolation, the authors have found that nothing pulls the skills together as effectively as project-based learning. Project-based learning is the ideal way to build the speaking and presentation skills called for in the Common Core State Standards. The standards build presentation skills at a gradual, age-appropriate pace over the grade levels. Teachers can plan projects to match this sequence. It's not hard to see how project-based learning is a key strategy for achieving the goals of the Common Core State Standards. Not only do projects build speaking skills required by the standards, but they also build thinking and application skills in the subject area related to the project.
Descriptors: State Standards, Active Learning, Speech Communication, Visual Aids, Student Projects, Speech Skills, Learning Activities, Academic Standards, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Communication Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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