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Speech Class, It's Not For Everyone

If you are like most people, you probably have/had a fear of public speaking. They even have a word for this, glossophobia. Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking.  But, if you are willing to give it a try, public speaking has more benefits than you might think. Here is a list of benefits offered through public speaking:

  1. Builds confidence

  2. Strengthens reasoning skills

  3. Improves oral communication skills

  4. Improves leadership skills

  5. Provides a chance to meet others with similar interests

  6. Strengthens your self-esteem

  7. Requires you to pay attention to your physical presence

  8. Develops better listening and writing skills

  9. Learn to be calm in stressful situations

  10. Inspire and motivate others

We are just beginning our Speech Class journey.  Each class only lasts nine weeks. All classes have finished their first presentation and are beginning to work on the next one.  We start with the basics and increase expectations as we go. At the end of the quarter, we may not be experts, but we will have improved in each of these 10 areas.  Based on student reviews, Speech Class may not be for everyone, but everyone finds something they enjoy about taking Speech Class.



6th Grade Geography

Our classes are finishing up our chapter on the Amazon Rainforest.  We have covered topics such as deforestation, different kinds of pollution, how the indigenous population of the Amazon are fighting/ adapting to the modern world. We also discussed and learned what lawmakers are doing to protect these beautiful places.  Kids worked on a variety of assignments where they learned about the different wildlife that can be found in the Amazon. They used their iPads to create a keynote slide where they used instant alpha to doctor images onto a slide.

In addition, we learned about the country of Brazil, we learned that some popular combat sports originated from Brazil such as capoeira, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and mixed martial arts (MMA).  We discussed the many attractions that Brazil has to offer such as Christ the Redeemer, Iguazu Falls, and many more. The kids really enjoyed working on this chapter.


Blankets

Homeroom 303 has been busy making blankets. These will be delivered to the Parent Child Center.


Middle School Begins New Explore Class

This year Lexington Middle School started the CTE Agriculture class as part of the Explore rotation of classes.  CTE indicates it is a Career and Technical Education class, which means its focus is on preparing students for college and career opportunities.  The main purpose this first year is to expose students to the diverse field of agriculture topics and understand the basic areas of agriculture. We have studied the history of agriculture and the innovations and technology that have changed it, the four main areas of agriculture as well as the livestock industry.  In addition, we have talked about the water resources in Nebraska and its effect on agriculture in the state. We also learned about the role of corn in our lives. As the program grows, look for more in-depth topics about the world of agriculture and careers that are available in this field.


Information Technology

Classes in Information Technology have appreciated the ease of creation using ipads this year! Applications such as, Green Screen by DoInk, iMovie, and Keynote have allowed students to become creators of content, not just consumers.

Sixth graders have concentrated on keyboarding for a significant part of their class work. They have enjoyed opportunities to touch on their creative side in developing Super Hero and I’m Thankful videos, as well as, experimenting with augmented reality using the app AR Maker.

After creating some amazing dioramas for their social studies civilizations project, seventh graders placed themselves within their models through the use of green screen and created a video explaining their various aspects of their society. Seventh graders can also be seen throughout our library (accessible with QR code) and library website featuring their Booktalks. Booktalks are video book reports created by the students using green screen and iMovie.

Life at LMS is chronicled through the LMS News, created by eighth graders. Students identify newsworthy topics, write scripts, collect images, interview experts, enhance with clipart & captions and merge segments in iMovie. Student producers have tried to make the viewing experience interactive with the audience through the use of QR links to videos and a survey. Each news team has done a tremendous job working together to make an informative program for Lexington Middle School.

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