Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership students are participating in Loud & Clear, a speech preparation class developed and presented by the Oregon Children’s Theatre (OCT) to provide area school children with a fun and meaningful way to learn public speaking tricks and tools. The I AM Learning Partnership has partnered with OCT to provide the class at Irvington Elementary School. Because public speaking is required for Portland Public School third graders as part of common core standards, this was a terrific opportunity to help them achieve this standard.
What is Loud & Clear? The OCT four-week program is designed to help students develop more confidence and skill in expressing themselves to a group. The class starts with the basics, like preparation, practice, and focus. Students also learn the importance of body language and variety in their tempo and tone, and how to construct a good introduction and conclusion. At the end of four weeks, students will perform their speech in front of teachers and classmates.
We are very excited to be able to provide this opportunity for I AM Learning Partnership students. So far, they are thoroughly enjoying the process! See photos below.