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Advanced Public Speaking With a TED Speaker (Ages 9-14)

Julie Connor, EdD
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This interactive public speaking class is for students (ages 9-14) with public speaking experience and skills. Students with speaking or performing experience will strengthen their presentation skills with a TED speaker and speech coach.

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Intermediate - Advanced Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • This public speaking course provides students with advanced speaking skills creative opportunities to (1) organize their ideas for a speech presentation, (2) deliver a quality speech, and (3) give and receive positive speech feedback. Advanced speaking skill practice includes: Week #1 - ALL ABOUT ME SPEECH / Learners introduce themselves to others and craft a quality speech about themselves. Weeks #2 & #3 - INTERVIEW SKILLS - Learners will ask and respond to interview questions. Week #4 - STORYTELLING / Learners will practice speaking with expression using props and gestures. Week #5 - DEMONSTRATION SPEEECH / Learners will use words and props to explain how to complete a task. Week #6 - IMPROVISATION / Learners use vocal variety and props to practice improvisation skills. Week #7 - INFORMATIONAL SPEECH with PowerPoint/Google Slides - Learner create a presentation using PowerPoint or Google Slides. Week #8 - MOTIVATIONAL STORYTELLING SPEECH - Learners use storytelling skills to describe a personal experience. Week #9 - PREPARE A TEDxYouth TALK - Learners describe a challenge they faced, how they faced a challenge, and what they learned from the experience. Learners are not required to submit their video to TEDxYouth. Week #10 - CREATE A VIDEO - Learners will learn tools to PLAN A VIDEO that can be used as a script. Advanced speakers can also practice speeches they may be preparing for a contest, TED talk, podcast, video, or event. The students and teacher will provide positive feedback.
* Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) - Educational Leadership
* Education Specialist (Ed.S.) - Education Administration / Elementary & Secondary Ed.
* Master of Science in Education (M.S.) - Curriculum & Instruction
* Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.) - Elementary Education (K-8)

Teacher Certification:  
* Elementary Education (K-Gr. 8)
* Secondary English & Language Arts (Gr. 7-12)
* Secondary Speech & Theater (Gr. 7-12)
* Secondary Science Education (Gr. 7-12)

TESOL Certification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

TEDxYouth@Louisburg Speaker
30+ years for traditional and online teaching experience in and outside of the U.S.
30+ years of experience as a speech coach 
30+ years of experience as a speech & debate contest judge

Author of an award-winning personal goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer's Guide
Homework Offered
Learners with advanced speaking skills will practice public speaking skills and discuss how to prepare a variety of different speeches in each class. Speech preparation generally involve 15 - 60 minutes of time outside of class for different speeches in this course. Students will be provided with an outline for the development of their speeches. Each outline is designed for specific speeches (demonstration, storytelling, etc.). They will also be provided with examples of each speech outline. For students requesting a grade for this class, completion of the speech outline can provide evidence of homework completion. I am a certified elementary and secondary public speaking teacher with a doctorate in education. I will be happy to provide written grades and feedback for the outlines UPON REQUEST.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Class discussion, thumbs up / thumbs down, brainstorming, read aloud sharing, step-by-step check-ins of the outline progress throughout the class, guided practice to check for understanding, independent writing practice; self-assessment, positive feedback to and from students in the class Assessments of student performance and understanding of speech construction can be provided to students requesting a grade UPON REQUEST.
Grades Offered
If your child is taking homeschool classes or need credit to meet school expectations, I can provide your child with a letter grade and a certificate of completion UPON REQUEST. I am a certified teacher. I have 30+ years of teaching experience in K-12 classrooms and as an online teacher. I have a doctorate in educational leadership and an EdS, MS, and BS in education. I am cross-certified in elementary education as well as secondary language arts, speech and theater, and science education. Assessments of student performance can be provided to students requesting a grade UPON REQUEST.
* Speech writing skills.  Students can enroll in my "Create an Awesome Outline for a Speech, Presentation, or Report" class.
* Participation in a public speaking class
* Acting or public speaking experience
 1 file available upon enrollment
* Speech outline (provided to students for preparation of speeches) * Notebook or writing paper (optional) * Pencil or pen
* "My Speech Outline" (created by Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.; provided to students before class)
* Additional resources related to the week's topic will be provided to each student prior to class.
* Speech topic PowerPoint presentations created by Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D. will be shared with students to guide conversations during each class session.
Joined June, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Doctoral Degree in Education
Master's Degree
Master's Degree in Education
Bachelor's Degree in Education
Missouri Teaching Certificate - Elementary Education
Missouri Teaching Certificate - Secondary Education
Missouri Teaching Certificate - Secondary Education
Missouri Teaching Certificate - Secondary Education
My name is Dr. Julie Connor and I am a confidence builder.  I help children and teens discover the power of their own voice and courage to share it with others.

Participants practice conversation and public speaking skills with an encouraging,... 
Group Class


1x per week
45 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
3-12 learners per class

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