At the core of our elementary curriculum, lies the Good Morning Show. This daily event offers young students the tools to present on subjects of their choosing and are taught how to give oral presentations. Students in K through 5 participate in this unique program by making three to six oral presentations a year and observing and discussing their peers’ presentations. The three minute presentations on self-selected topics are diverse, entertaining, and informative. This program begins each day. Presenters receive constructive feedback about five aspects of their presentation: evidence of preparation, audience learning, creativity, audio-visual aids, and personal affect.
Forum is the Middle School complement of the Good Morning Show. In Forum, students in grades 6 through 8 deliver research or performance based presentations. The presentations are longer and far more extensive than Good Morning Show presentations, allowing the student to really engage deeply in the subject that they have chosen to present. The students follow detailed guidelines and instruction which encourage high level public speaking skills. These presentations are built around group themes. This allows individual presenters to build on each other’s work and nurture an extended dialogue on a group of ideas.