HOW PUBLIC SPEAKING HELPS STUDENTS “OWN” THEIR KNOWLEGE AT KRIEGER SCHECHTER DAY SCHOOL
We’ve all been there. The night before the big interview/presentation/speech. Your stomach is in knots — and your mind is racing.
But the jitters don’t bother students at Krieger Schechter Day School (a co-educational, K–8 independent Jewish day school in Baltimore County). They have been building self-confidence in public speaking from the time they begin kindergarten.
Students at Krieger Schechter (KSDS) are encouraged to communicate their personal and academic thoughts as soon they become part of the school community. Lower school students at KSDS are commonly found role playing problematic playground scenarios, publicly expressing instances that hurt their feelings or those moments that made them feel proud. That communication training then extends into the academic arena as well. Students create their own research projects about countries around the world, or share with their class how they reached a certain answer when solving a tough math problem.