Let's Stand Teacher Manual – Primary
The Teacher Manual provides:
- A background and context regarding the importance of public speaking skills and the skills of listening and evaluating.
- Support to teachers facilitating skills development for students using a structured, step-by-step approach.
- Sample scripts for the individual projects that teachers can use or add to when modelling a presentation on a particular topic.
- Links to video explanations of the skills of public speaking that can be used in the classroom.
- Explicit assessment rubrics for assessing the skills of public speaking which may be used pre and post programme implementation if the teacher wishes to.
- Links to reading and writing genres.
- Additional support materials and videos that can be accessed on YouTube.
Features of the Programme
- This specialist communication programme for Irish students consists of four student workbooks, one teacher manual and online resources to support the teaching of the programme.
- Student workbooks are designed to encourage, support and motivate students with engaging ‘Speaker’s Stories’, illustrations and writing frames to guide students on their public speaking journey.
- The programme facilitates the integration of lessons across all areas of the curriculum, with students having the option to develop speeches around SESE, STEAM and the Arts.
- The workbooks have QR codes linking to a variety of famous speeches from speakers around the world to inspire and motivate students.
- The programme caters for students who find writing a challenge, with visual aids to allow them to structure what they would like to say.
- Evaluation cards encourage students to develop their listening and evaluation skills while offering feedback to their classmates in the form of peer assessment. Students are also encouraged to evaluate their own speeches and progress.
- Participating primary students receive a certificate of completion to aid motivation and confidence to build communication skills through to secondary school and beyond.
Implementing the programme as a primary educational resource in your school
- There are ten projects in each of the four student workbooks, with an additional two projects in Irish to allow students to practice these skills during Irish lessons.
- The books follow a sequence, where students are introduced to three skills in workbook A, adding three more skills as they move on to the next workbook and finishing up with having the twelve public speaking skills in the final workbook, D.
- The programme is designed to be flexible, so if a school decides to pick up the programme in any class, they can easily revisit the skills taught in previous workbooks using the teacher manual and online programme resources.
- Teachers may choose to take a topic a month and integrate it across other curricular areas where improved listening skills, competent speaking skills and/or oracy skills may be of additional benefit.
- Student choice is a key feature, where students may choose a topic or decide how long they wish to speak for.
“These books are really helpful in promoting communication skills in the older classes. What I love most about the workbooks is that they are clearly split into sections to help build students’ confidence in developing their public speaking skills. They start with exploring various well-known public speakers to help children to find inspiration for their own projects and include guided brainstorming pages on various topics for students to speak about. The programme promotes students' self-reflection and helps them to overcome the very common fear of public speaking, both key areas to develop in young people.”