Please reflect on your news article speech by writing one well-written and thought-out paragraph. Use complete sentences and correct grammar. Upper classmen should be writing paragraphs with compound and complex sentences that are a minimum ofsix sentences long. Things to consider (you do not need to include all of them)
- eye contact
- audience feedback
- preparation (enough? not enough? What will you change for next time?)
- voice (rate, variation)
- gestures (How did they go? How did you feel?)
- confidence level
- introduction and conclusion
- facial expressions
What went well? What do you need to work on? Be as specific as possible!
If you were recorded, please watch your YouTube video and use that in your reflection as well.
In addition, leave feedback for at least two students. Feedback should be specific and original. Please leave feedback under that student's reflection if possible.
I think that I did better on my speech than I did on my introduction speech. I was really nervous at first, especially because Dr. Jensen came into the classroom and sat down to watch, but towards the end of my speech, my level of nervousness died down. I tried to make more eye contact than I did in my previous speech and I think that I did do a better job. I also think that my gestures were good and I thought that it was going to be more awkward and harder to do them but I found myself doing gestures naturally that were unplanned. The audience's feedback helped me a lot because when they all laughed at one part in my speech, I felt more comfortable to talk in front of them. My introduction and conclusion were good but I know that they could always be stronger. I felt very confident in doing my speech because I was prepared considering that I practiced six times the night before. I still want to try to practice in front of somebody to see how that changes my preparation. I think that I could have been a little more organized but I am happy that I didn't depend on my outline as much as I thought I would. In general, I improved in more than one area of my speech and I now know that as I do more speeches, I will learn how to become a better speaker.ReplyDelete
Brandy I thought your speech was so good! You improved so much already and I really enjoyed your speech. Your eye contact was very good and you also made me laugh during your speech! You did not seem nervous at all, you did very well.Delete
I think that I am progressing in this class. This speech was no where near perfect, but still an improvement from my last speech. I felt that I still really need to work on my eye contact, facial expressions and voice. This time my nervousness wasn't nearly as bad, as well as my organization. I think i practiced a good amount for my speech, but possibly I should practice a few more times. I only remember doing two gestures, and they didn't feel completely natural. I think I need to focus more on speaking on a subject than reciting words. I think if I really work on thinking more about what I am saying, then other things will come more naturally,.ReplyDelete
Kellie I thought you did much better this time around and you did not say "like" nearly as much as you did the last time! I like how whenever you do your speeches it seems as if you're having a conversation with us. You make everything sound so natural.Delete
I thought that Mady had a pretty good speech. She is very confident and doesn't seem to have any of the stage fright symptoms. But on the other hand, it seems like she can trail off on a subject and overall lose her train of thought. If she can balance out these things, then I think her speeches will be even better.Delete
Kellie your speech was very good this time around. You seemed to know what you were talking about and delivered it very well. You had confidence while you were speaking and you did not seem nervous at all.Delete
I think that my speech went well for the most part. However, at times I felt that I was rambling and repeated myself a few times. My confidence level was decent during the majority of the speech, however I felt like I got lost a couple of times during it and had to try to recover. The major thing that potentially might come back to bite me is my lack of preparation. As opposed to verbally practicing my speech I run through it in my head multiple times. This is something that I will struggle with during this class, but so far I feel the mental preparation has helped me significantly. Oddly enough I am looking forward to the next speech, and hopefully I will be able to prepare by being verbal along with mentally practicing.ReplyDelete
Trevor you did a nice job connecting youre speech to a personal story which made it interesting to listen to. You mad very clear gestures and had good eye contact. Compared to you're first speech you were not leaning on the stand and was not figiting either. Overall, good speech with a good rate and I could tell you practiced.Delete
Nick: You took a very unusual news article, but you made it that the listener could still connect with you. You had a very catching introduction as well which really grabbed attention. You spoke at a very good rate and seemed in control of any nerves that you may have been dealing with.Delete
Brandy: Your reaction when Mr. Jensen walked into the room made it clear that you felt uncomfortable, but once you started your speech that all went away. You spoke in a good tone, and seemed at ease as you spoke. You managed to effectively beat the nerves that had worked up and had a strong delivery.
Trevor I really enjoyed your speech. I personally thought you had one of the best speeches. You seem very natural when you speech and very calm. The only area of improvement is when you talk you tend to sway but it is very minor.Delete
Brandy, due to the change in audience we had during your speech I thought you did very well. The whole class knew you were nervous but when you started to talk you seemed very calm. The only thing I noticed that needed work was the rate you talk at. It seemed to be a little fast.
Trevor- You did a phenomenal job on your speech. you spoke clearly, made good eye contact, and you didn't lean on the podium.Delete
Alexis Bemann: I really thought that you did a really good job because you are just a natural good speaker. You were telling me how nervous you were before your speech because you didn't feel that you prepared enough but as soon as your started with your speech, it just looked and sounded as if you were comfortable with speaking. You were very clear and you had really good eye contact. At times if looked as if you looked at me straight in the eyes which I could never do. It also was obvious that you put thought into your topic since you even thought of possible solutions to the problem in your article. Overall, you make it look easy and keep up the great work!ReplyDelete
Chance: I thought that you did a very good job with your speech. You had good volume and you were very clear. However, I could tell that you were very nervous considering that at times you got lost in what you were saying and because you made very little eye contact. I also enjoyed the topic of your speech and I really respect your dad as well as all the other firefighters, police, and soldiers that put their life on the line for everyone else. Those people are a blessing from God and this world wouldn't what it is today without them. Overall, you did a good job and I like the fact that you're thinking of going into being a firefighter yourself.
I, Brandy Luevano, posted these feedbacks and I didn't realize that it was under Don's account.Delete
You had an awesome speech. You spoke well and got our attention throughout it. You made the article clear to us and let us know a little bit of background information. You also had to speak in front of Dr. Jensen, which takes a lot of confidence. You made it seem to not even phase you. Nice Job!Delete
I know that my filler words were rough for this speech, but I did do better than I did on the last speech. I am happier with my speech this time around, even though I still need to work on my eye contact. It was a little easier for me to give this speech, and I was less nervous. I did repeat myself a couple times but I will try not to repeat myself in my next speech. I hope to keep improving and growing stronger in my speaking skills. I am excited for what is to come in this class, I wasn't sure about it at first but now I actually don't mind it.ReplyDelete
Megan K.- I loved your speech just as much as your first speech. I was very impressed with the amount of facts that you included in your speech. I also was shocked to see you that excited about your speech even though you were sick. I think that your gestures were natural. You are overall a wonderful public speaker.Delete
Hailey G.- I enjoyed your speech. You knew what you were doing and used minimal filler words. You looked a lot more confident this time around. It is great to see someone who was nervous just a couple of weeks ago to confident a short time later. I am hoping the same will happen to me!
Kyle N.- I enjoyed your intro. I loved how you added your own style to the speech. It was fun to listen to and you didn't sound nervous one bit. Although you chose a tough topic your use of math and breaking things down was very clever.
Alexis B.- Your eye contact was great. I loved how you made your intro. into a story that we could place ourselves into. It gave me a better understanding of what you were saying. Even though you only practiced two times, you seemed well prepared. Great job!
Cyrus G.- I enjoyed your topic selection. I liked the way that you listed off the different hobbies that people could have. You made your input section very interesting by telling us what the money was going to pay for and what you thought about it. I also liked listening to your voice during your speech, because I think that your rate, pitch, and volume were pretty good.
I thought that my news speech was worse than my intro speech. I felt more unprepared and I was was nervous. I thought it was difficult to be confident in my speech because it was something that I didn't have very much information on and was not very interested in the topic. I still need to work on my eye contact. I thought Alexis was a great example by dividing up the class into different groups to make contact with. I will try remember her method next time While I was giving my speech I stuttered and I felt glued to the podium.Those are problems that can be fixed next time with more practice, and also practicing in front of other people.ReplyDelete
Kyle- I thought Kyle did very well. He had a weird introduction that made me want to listen all the way through so that I could understand what he was talking about. He had a great energy while speaking. He was loud and he spoke clearly. Kyle had a difficult, and some might say, boring topic, but he made the best out of it and kept me listening. My only critique for him is to talk a bit slower so that the audience can take it all in, but overall I think he did great!
Abbi- I thought she did a good job. She tied her own personal experience and stories into her speech to make it personal and relate-able.I know that Abbi is a competitive person because I have been on many teams with her and I know she was telling the truth! My suggestions for Abbi would be to stop swaying and to just keep going when you mess up because it you don't stop no one will know that you even messed up! I thought she did wonderful and looked much more comfortable this time.
Brandin- I thought that your honesty with your topic was great. You have only done two speeches but I can already tell that you are going to be very honest with all your topics. I think honesty is great and it will really help the class get to know you and want to keep listening to what you have to say. That being said, I could tell that speaking about your topic was difficult for you. Since we had the ability to pick any of the 50 states I think that maybe picking one that wasn't so persona for you would have been a better idea. If I were you I would practice more next time so you understand what emotions you will be feeling and you will feel more confident!
Katelyn, I thought that your speech was pretty good. You seem completely confident, and are so natural at speaking in front of the class. I always look forwarded to hearing your speeches because they are so well done. The only thing I remember that you need to work on is your eye contact, but overall good job!Delete
I thought my speech went well considering this was one of the hardest speeches I have ever had to write.ReplyDelete
It was a challenge for sure, but it will help me for the impromptu speech. I think I could continue to improve not only my eye contact, but my confidence. I need to split up the room and make sure I am making equal eye contact. Also, I think practicing a few more times might help me to not only improve eye contact, but also my rate. In this speech, I might have talked a little faster at times because I had a lot of information that I wanted to fit in. Finally, I thought my gestures were very natural.
Megan- Before your speech I thought there was no way you were going to be able to give a speech. Then you started the speech and it was excellent. I could really see your love for national parks and that made the speech a great one. It was a lot of fun to watch you give this speech because it was so natural. I thought your gestures were natural and you had a very good rate through out the speech, and that you were very confident about giving this speech.
Curtis- Going first is the hardest thing to do, because you are the bench mark for the rest of us. You said that you did not know where you were going and you were nervous, but I thought it was a solid speech. You gave really good eye contact and keep a good rate. I couldn't tell that you were nervous and I thought you seemed confident. I'm not sure how much you practiced, but maybe you should try practicing a little more and then you will have no worries about where you are going with your speech.
Katelyn- Your opening was my favorite, I think it is always a great idea to tie in a movie or something that is a little funny into your intro. I had a great understanding of what your article was and you did a great job giving your opinion on both sides of the article. Finally, your gestures were natural and your eye contact was perfect. I can really see the improvement!
Kyle- Your introduction was steller! You looked and sounded very confident and made a article with not much at all into a very good speech. You also had good eye contact, volume, and rate.Delete
Kyle, you are a natural. You know how to get our attention every speech. Its not just the beginning, but the whole speech that gets us. I loved the fact that you put in the statistics and had a low blow against the Bears!Delete
Kyle- Awesome job as usual. You were confidant, you spoke clearly, made some good hand gestures, and spoke at a good rate.Delete
Kyle, I thought your speech was great. the Introduction was very cool and unique and really grabbed my attention. I thought your comparisons regarding the amount of people per day ,hour, and minute were awesome and really showed the scale of how many people it was. Nice job Kyle.Delete
Hey Kyle! I though your News Article speech went over really well. You have such a talent to grab an audience, even if its something little like talking about ferries for a couple minutes. Great work on getting an opening that caught the attention of the audience, and you really put everything into perspective for me as an audience member, and thats the whole point of a speech! Great work Kyle!Delete
I felt that my speech went much better than my first speech. I did not feel as nervous and I felt my voice and rate was steady and smoother this time around. My gestures were not very natural and I am sure most people could tell where they were planned because they did not flow very nicely. I needed to make better eye contact on my introduction and conclusion also. My thoughts were pretty well organized too but I feel I need to get into my speeches more so I don't sound like a robot. Overall, I felt much better about this speech and hope my confidence level keeps rising!ReplyDelete
This time around I really enjoyed Kyle's speech. His introduction was very attention getting and he had so much energy throughout the entire time. He really got into it and his gestures flowed very nicely with what he was saying. The one thing I noticed is that he said "you know" a lot but that is easy to fix.
I also liked Alexis's speech a lot too. You could really tell she improved from the last time and she seemed so confident. She also thought out of the box for her solutions to the problems her article presented. It was very good! The only thing I noticed was she needs to switch up some facial expressions while speaking.
Hailey your speech this time around was fantastic. I loved the way you spoke with confidence and controlled your nerves. Your topic was very interesting and really grabbed the attention of the listener. I am excited to here the rest of your speeches.Delete
Hi Hailey! I thought this speech went over pretty well for you! It obviously was a tough topic to talk about because you don't have much in your life to relate to the situation. I thought you were confident however and your words were very clear too. I am impressed with this speech and I look forward to watching your upcoming speeches!Delete
I think my speech went a lot better than last time! The first speech i was terrified. This second speech my nervs gave up a lot since the first time! I know I still hesitate a little when i talk and i know I make the same face like hailey said. i feel since the speech hit home a little bit more to me I was able to speak about it beter, compared to a speech i know nothing about. I hope I continue to get better with time!ReplyDelete
I liked brandy's speech again! The fact that she had Dr. Jensen in there for her speech is nerv wrecking enough. But she handeled it very well. I know If Jensen was in there for mine, I wouldnt have been able to focus. Brandy can speak well in front of others but I sensed a lot of nervs coming from her. Over all she too did better hersecond time around.
Megan- I always love your speeches megan. You were sooo sick as you mentioned, but you held in there like a champ. You knew a lot about your topic tooo and gave a lot of information on it. I think you will always have great speeches. Public speaking is a talent you have. So good job on the great speech and keeping your composure, regardless of your health at that time!
To be honest I don't remember much about my speech, or anything about that day in particular. I was so sick and gross that whole day is a haze. I'm really proud of myself for pulling through and giving that speech. I think my first speech was way better then this speech but that's probably because it's much easier to talk about myself then South Dakota. I did not practice as much as I did for the first speech and I didn't like it. I will definitly go back to practicing four or five times because I didn't feel prepared enough.ReplyDelete
Cyrus- I really liked your speech.You seemed confident and spoke at an even rate. I like that you give speeches the same way you talk to me and your freinds: very relaxed and happy go lucky. I think that's a good trait to have. My only suggestion is that you try looking at the audience more, I know you like to look at the back wall, but I think if you looked at individaul faces it would be better!
Nick- Your attention getter was really interesting, funny and thought provoking. I like how you related it back to yourself which made us all, at least for me, think about my grandma and what it would be like if she got caught dealing weed. You spoke at a nice clear rate and did so much better then your last speech. Crazy what a little practicing can do.
I am not sure on my eye contact but I think I had eye contact but I could have improved on having a wider area of eye contact. I was not prepared nearly as much as I wanted to and alot of that came with going first but I felt I stilll did my best with it but could have practiced many more times. I think I had an ok rate but may have draggwed with not being sure what to say at times. I did not do any gestures that I put in to do during my paper. Overall, I felt disappointed on my paper but felt I still did decent.ReplyDelete
I think this speech went a lot better than my last one. For this speech I actually practiced it a few times. I feel that during this speech I made better eye contact with the audience than on my last one. Due to my practicing I had more confidence while I was delivering my speech. I do think that I still need to work more on my hand gestures. I also need to work not taking big pauses between each topic and have better transitions. I feel as though I knew the material I was talking on and was strong in my speaking.ReplyDelete
I think that my speech went well in my head as I was doing it. Now looking back at it and seeing comments on it, I do so the problems that I need to fix. I didn't think I was as nervous as the first speech but not as confident as I know I can do. If I fix that and I get more comfortable with speaking, I will do a lot better.ReplyDelete
Personally I don't think I did very well on this speech. I got up to speech and suddenly got nervous. I tried to make the speech funny but it was somewhat of a stretch. I thought I did a lot better with eye contact and slowing down a bit more with my second speech.ReplyDelete
*Sorry if this comes up twice but I dont think my first one posted*ReplyDelete
Personally I was more comfortable speaking in front of the class. Obviously my speech did not go as planned. I was so worried and focused on not swaying and then I caught myself in the act, so i got all frazzled. I also need to work on no letting myself get distracted by the class. I cannot believe i laughed in the middle of my speech. Who does that? That is typical me, I guess on the bright side i can only go up from that. I still need to work on not swaying, and I need to have more eye contact with the audience. I also need to learn how to not talk so fast, and just calm down and slow it down. It was also pretty obvious that i did not practice that much. So for the next speech i hope to be more prepared.
Kyle- I really enjoyed your speech. It had a very unique and creative opening. I also like that you had a lot of facts in your speech and you related them to stuff we would know and understand. When you were up there it was so natural and you are such and good speaker. Overall you had a very well written speech.
Chance- I liked that you shared the stories about your dad to relate it to your article. I guess i never really thought about how people like firefighters to get hurt on the job and it does affect and change their lives. The only thing i think you need to work on is more eye contact, but other than that I thought you had a nice speech.
Personally I thought, I did a little better than my first one. I felt just a little more confident than my first speech. My eye contact is really bad. I stare at the ground half the time. And wish I could change that. I will work on it this year. And from multiply people telling me that I clicked my key chain the whole time. I didn't realize that I was clicking my key chain. I still need to work on practicing more than two times. Didn't feel prepared at all.ReplyDelete
Hailey- I liked how she included her family in her speech. The speech spoke to me. Like this stuff actually happens in real life. Sometimes close to home. I feel like she practiced the 3-6 times. You could tell she was ay more confident up there. Overall it was a good speech.
Kellie- I liked Kellie's speech too. She also looked a lot confident too. It seems like she's just having a normal conversation with her friends. I really enjoy listening to her speeches. Overall it was a good speech. That I really enjoyed.
i think that i did really bad because i choked on stage and i kept thinking of my past and letting it get 2 me. I should have done better but i didnt stick to my plan and have a great speech. i think that i should have not chosen that news article. If i had chosen a better topic im sure i would have done fine. everything on my speech was terrable.ReplyDelete
Kellie: you did a great job and wernt nervous at all, you showed great confidence.
Hailey: you did really good, you didnt shake this time lol and you kept ur cool, and confidence
Nick, I thought your speech was very well done. You seemed very calm and prepared giving your speech. I thought the speech it's self was a little boring but I think that has more to do with your topic then anything you could do. Also i thought you had a lot less umms this time. Nice Job Nick.Delete
The link above is for my News Article Speech. Overall, I thought this speech went better than my last one. It seemed like my eye contact was better, as I did not look at my notes as much as last time. My voice was pretty clear the whole time, and I think it was because I was not as nervous giving a speech into a computer rather than in front of a big room. My organization of my speech followed the outline and I was glad it worked out that way. I will definitely consider making an outline for next time. It was kinda tougher doing gestures in front of a computer, but I still tried. Next time I will either point the camera down more to see my hands or just raise my gestures higher. Some things I need to work on are to make sure I know the content maybe better, as I stumbled when I asked questions. I also need to not say the word "um" when I am in transitions in the speech.ReplyDelete
i think that my new article speech was fairly decent i felt that i had good introduction but i thought that my speech was a little shortReplyDelete
nick berdnt- i thought your speech was entertaining and your introduction was good
I think my speech went very well. Although there are still things that I need to work on like making more eye contact and make sure that I'm not shaking or swaying when giving the speech. My goal is to make those corrections and make the next speech great.ReplyDelete
Hey Cole I thought this speech went a lot better than last time. You definitely prepared more for this one and it showed because you seemed more comfortable with the material. Make sure for your hand gestures that they don't seem forced, and just use them in the flow of the speech. The chair you sat in moved back and forth, but thats something easy that you can fix for next speech. I thought you spoke more clear this time that for your Introduction Speech. Overall, nice work and I look forward to your next speech.Delete
I think that this speech went better than my intro speech, largely because of the amount of time I put into the preparation. Now that I know what to expect the nerves went away and my confidence went up. I believe that I spoke at a good rate but I can still be louder. Gestures were awkward for me since I do not use them in my normal conversation. The thing I need to work on the most is having my speech organized. Hopefully this will help me make better transitions and give me independence from my notes and outlines.
Nick - Everyone enjoys your intros, and how you can make the whole room laugh within the first three seconds. You make very good eye contact, and you speak at a good rate. One tip would be to work on your transitions.
Megan - I respect how you battled through you speech while being sick. Your speech seemed very organized and well thought out. If I had to pick one thing for you to work on it would be to slightly slow your speaking rate.
I honestly was very happy with my speech. I thought that I progressed in some of the areas that I did poorly on in my introduction speech. For instance, I felt more prepared and ready. I also think my gestures tied in well to what I was saying. However, i still think i need to slow down when I talk. This has always been a problem for me especially when I am speaking in from of others. Overall though I am fairly pleased with my speech and sort of look forward to getting better in the future.ReplyDelete
Megan- I was impressed on how you fought through your sickness to present. It was somewhat funny and enjoyable to listen to. Your transitions and hand gestures were very good too. But, a little word to the wise, it tends to help you speak better when you aren't sick.(JK)
Kyle- I was intrigued with your speech from the moment you picked your topic, and let me tell you. You did not disappoint. You took a very difficult topic and turned it into a great speech and made it interesting. I thought your transitions were very good and gestures were too. So overall, keep up the good work!
I thought my news article speech went okay. I had a lot of trouble figuring out what i was gonna talk about and I feel like my subjects might have bounced around a little. Even though I did practice a lot I had trouble getting through my whole speech without taking a long pause, and even in the speech I posted i feel like my words could have flowed a little smoother. I thought I was much more relaxed during my speech this time which I think is a combination of me practicing more, and being able to do it a my house. Overall even though I struggled finding material for this speech it was interesting to learn new things, and I thought my speech was good with room for improvement.ReplyDelete