TED-Style Talks Commentary

TEDxKids@NBCC Journal #5: Practice, Practice, Practice!

In our TEDxKids@NBCC class, the age differences, enthusiasm, preparedness levels and interest have varied greatly.  This has made it a bit challenging to be equally tough on everyone about getting to their best “why” of their idea, despite many conversations formally and informally. So… we didn’t worry about it.  Instead for class #5, we just …

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TEDxKids@NBCC Journal Entry #4: Getting on Stage and Jelling the Idea

We had two goals for this week:  to get them to understand (in their left and right brains) what it means to deliver a talk in front of people, standing up and secondly, to articulate the basic idea of their TEDx talk. Each student reviewed this handout –  5 Basics of Speaking –  to raise basic awareness about the best …

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TEDxKids@NBCC Journal Entry 3: Story Circle and Idea Starters

Session #3 with the kids was a dynamic one! Building on our second class where we explored illustrative language, each student brought in their photo (they choose from a stack we supplied) to share a story they created about it. The goal for this session was to: – Start to build a sense of preparation:  …

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TEDxKids@NBCC Journal Entry 2: Illustrative Language.

  In our second class in the TEDxKids@NBCC series (leading to a TEDxKids@NBCC event on 2/17/12), we ventured into the world of illustrative language while continuing to get the kids to stand up and talk.  To see where we started this journey, visit here. So today we planned three exercises that moved the focus entirely to …

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TEDxKids@NBCC Journal Entry 1: Teaching kids about story.

Today I began a six week journey with about 15 elementary school children toward a final destination of a TEDxKids event.   Yes, I’ll take your luck as I’ll likely need it. “NBCC” is North Broadway Children’s Center where my two children have attended pre-school and now aftercare since they were 18 months and 10 weeks, …

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Speaking when your medium isn’t language.

On the TEDxColumbus stage over the last three years, we’ve had a variety of performance artists: musicians, poets and such.  This post is not about them. It is about those individuals who have a medium other than their own voice, movement or acting to express their artistry (design, painting).  I turned to wikipedia for a …

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