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Recording voice over: “Sloooow Dooooown”

We all get nervous when we speak for an audience. When we get nervous, heart rate and blood pressure rise. Imagine what this does to a student’s rate of speech. To get students to slow their rate of speaking, I will record an excerpt from a documentary containing narration. Next, I transcribe the narration and ask students to read it aloud while a partner watches the clock. Then we play the actual excerpts. Students are amazed to hear the voice over take at least twice the time to read. Explain to students that their audience needs time to process images, and that a slower pace (most of the time) is much more effective. Teaching strategy: Tell students to pretend they are teaching calculus to a third grader--THAT’S the pace we are looking for. Also, blocks of time with no narration can be even more poignant at certain times. A key point as well, is that the students should not read the story, they should perform. At first, students will resist the slow, deliberate, articulate, dramatic pace of narration. However, with practice, they will improve.

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