Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Good afternoon.

Everyone should have interviewed a classmate by now. Today and tomorrow I would like you to do three things:

  1. Begin drafting your speech – Start writing what you will say for your Introduction Speech. Use the document in Google Classroom titled: Partner Interview First Draft 2018.2. Write down everything you are going to say as if this were a script for a movie. Write out complete sentences and add lots of detail. This draft is Due Tomorrow at the end of the period. 
  2. Transfer some of the main ideas and interesting things onto note cards. You may use 3 note cards (front and back) for this speech. I’ll give you them today. Don’t try to write everything on the card. Just write down reminders and cues and then you fill in the rest as you’re speaking.
  3. After you have finished those two things, you should practice your speech with your partner out loud.

Remember that this speech needs to be 2 – 2 1/2 minutes long. 

Below is a rubric I will use to grade your speech. These are the things I’ll be looking and listening for:


Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Good afternoon!

Sorry I’m not here again today. Today you’re going to start interviewing each other for the Classmate Interview assignment, which is to Introduce their partner to the class. You can work in the hall or in the classroom (not in the back room). You can use Your Chromebook or paper and pen. The directions for this assignment are here.

You should use the entire period to work on this. On Tuesday, we will get together for a short time and then introduce each other to the class. Use the questions you came up with yesterday, or you can think of new ones. The main thing is to have a conversation and really find out some interesting things to share.

Here is a list of partners. If someone is absent, the sub will help make sure everyone has a partner. If there is an odd number of people, we’ll need to have one group of three.

Alaina Keegan
Coryante Ruth
Dionte La Wah
Emmett Yajaira
Lary Michael Pau
Lupe Legand
Macy Matthew
Samual Alondra
William Jack

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Good morning! Welcome to Mr. Keller’s Oral Communication class.

This blog page will have all the information you need for this class. I will try to keep it as updated as possible so you always know what to expect. It will include notes, assignments, important dates, and announcements.

We will generally start every day by looking at the day’s post. Please Bookmark this site in your browser, and check here if you are absent to find out about information or assignments that you may have missed.

For the next couple of days we’re going to spend some time getting to know each other. I’m going to ask you to fill out some forms online and share some information about yourself. Please answer the questions honestly, and completely, and with as much detail as possible. The information won’t be shared with anyone else. It’s just a way for me to get to know some things about you that will help me to be a better teacher for you.  I will also be sharing some information about myself.

We’re also going to be discussing the course and what you can expect this semester. I will post new information, assignments, etc., on this blog regularly. If you are absent, check to see what you missed. All assignments will also be posted here, so you can always check to see what you should be working on and what’s coming up.

Today, I’d like you to click on the links below (in the order that they appear) and follow the instructions for each form.

1. The first one is the True Colors Personality Assessment. I’ll go over the directions with you before you begin.
True Colors

2. The second is the Myers-Briggs Personality Sorter. It’s 65, Yes-No questions about yourself. The main thing to remember when taking these assessments is that there are no right or wrong answers and no scores that are better or worse than others. They’re designed to find patterns in your answers that are similar to answers other people gave. Then it suggests some traits that might be true for you.
Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator

Click here to read more information about the Myers-Briggs. We will go over this in more detail together in class, but you can look here to see an explanation of what your score means.

After you have taken the survey, please click here to submit your score and comment on the results. 

3. Next is the Student Profile form. It’s basic information about you. Some of this is on Synergy, but it helps me to have it all in one place. You can see instructions for this in Google Classroom. To join the class, use this code: k8r7iyg

4. Last is the Personal Histories Questions. These are questions about you (likes, dislikes, etc.) that will tell me some things about you that I might not know through the course of the semester. This is a great place to tell me things that you think I should know about you. Again, it won’t be shared with anyone, so please be honest.
Personal History Questions

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