This semester you will be evaluating fellow classmates’ speeches and offering feedback as part of your graded assignments. This is a valuable tool to learn and better your public speaking skills. By observing others’ speeches, you can learn a great deal for your own speeches, but also offer suggestions to other speakers so that they can continue to develop their skills. The goal of peer evaluations Is to provide constructive crystals so that fellow classmates can continue to Improve their skills by offering positive and helpful comments.
In order to create a positive and helpful learning environment, students should observe the guidelines below when posting comments. Please note that peer evaluations that are considered rude or disrespectful towards a fellow classmate will receive no credit. Peer Evaluations: some “Do’s” 1. Do treat the speaker with courtesy and respect. 2. Do comment on the performance, not the person. 3. Do aim for balance and completeness in pointing out strengths and problem areas. 4. Do comment on specific examples of strengths and problem areas.
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Don’t be vague. 5. Do aim to help the speaker see how to improve future work 6. Don’t make vague, global comments. 7. Always point out strengths as well as elements that need more work. 8. Make comments in spirit of helpfulness. Take comments in spirit of helpfulness Examples of positive and constructive comments vs. less helpful comments: “The preview In the introduction was very clear and helped set up the speech before you began; however the attention getter was missing because you immediately began by stating your epic and it felt rushed. (helpful) “The introduction was missing steps. ” (less helpful) “Gestures could have been improved in the first half of the speech. By removing her hands from the lectern, she could more easily make natural gestures” (helpful) “Weak gestures” (less helpful) “When the speech moved from the second point to the third point, I got a little lost because there was no clear transition between the two. ” (helpful) “You missed transitions” (less helpful)