Public Speaking 2024

Hello everyone, Noa here! On June 10, we did public speaking. All 26 of us presented various speeches on many different topics of our choice. We worked on these speeches for over a month! My speech, which was on the fear of public speaking, was pretty good if I say so myself.

One thing I liked about my own speech is that my topic was one that almost everyone can relate to. I have one criticism for myself though. I think that I needed to improve my cue cards, they were way too vague.

Something I found amazing in some other speeches that, due to my topic, I couldn’t do, was jokes. Humor is amazing for audience engagement. Another thing that I liked was that some people had costumes or photos to go along with what they are saying.

Something not so great were the as I call them, robots. These are speakers who keep the same tone their entire speech or only read their cue cards. One thing I recommend is keep it simple! if you keep it simple, you can memorize what you need to say.

All in all, my public speaking experience was overwhelmingly positive and I loved it.

Here’s my speech if you want to read it:

I do NOT want to be up here. It’s the truth! I am one of the many people with an intense fear of public speaking, and because logic no longer exists in this world, I am not only talking about this fear in front of all of you, but trying to persuade you and myself to not be afraid of this awful but necessary part of our lives. Today you will find out some background info on this fear, a story of mine about having to do this, and me trying to help myself cope with this.

To be able to (try) to beat this fear, we need to understand it. First of all, the scientific name for the fear of public speaking is “glossophobia”, which has the ending phobia, meaning an intense fear of something. This fear is also more common than you think because around  ¾ or 75% of us suffer from a form of glossophobia. Although so many of us suffer from glossophobia, it doesn’t mean it’s the same for everyone! It normally comes from fear of being ridiculed or a bad experience with public speaking.

Now that we understand this fear, I am going to force myself to share my relationship with public speaking. So it all started in grade 4, where Ms. M told us that we were doing public speaking, and I absolutely freaked. It took me the rest of the period to calm down. Lucky for me, I had done some persuasive writing before, so I had something to reference. The writing was a breeze, but then I had to speak. (Insert scary music here) Luckily, Ms. M gave me the option to speak in front of a few non-judgmental girls instead of the class. At the end of my speech, everybody applauded and I rushed out of the room as fast as possible. The speech was on the importance of mental health. On that note, it’s time for the next part.

So now for the unhelpful useless and impossible part, teaching you how to cope with the fear of public speaking. Luckily, I have a few tips memorized that are supposed to help with mild to severe glossophobia. Some of the best, I hear are deep breathing and practice. Another one is to show confidence, and if you don’t have it, fake it ‘till you make it. And even if your fears come true and you fail miserably, in the words of JK Rowling, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” In other words, it doesn’t matter if you fail, that’s how life works! And say your audience is rude and they ridicule you, smile, laugh, and walk away! Words are words. They didn’t have the dedication to write the speech, or the bravery to address the audience! You are amazing for getting up there and speaking!

So that’s that! Wait, did I just do an entire speech on my own and I’m still standing here? Where did the hyperventilating, shaking, sweating and accelerated heart rate go? Did I just get over my fear? I guess talking about what it is, my experience, and the best ways to cope cured me! So everyone here who has experienced this common fear, I hope you actually saw through this completely irrational fear and have found the courage to get up here and speak, which you will need to do at some point anyway.

Here’s a pic!

(I know, funny face)

המגרה השלישית של סבא

Hello readers. Today in Jewish studies we read part of a book called המגרה השלישית של סבא, or Grandpa’s third drawer. It is based off of survivors of the Holocaust and the memories they are forever burdened with. In this story, Grandpa has three drawers in his office. The first one contains his grandson’s crayons, the second one Grandpa’s toys from childhood, and the third is locked, and not supposed to be opened. What is in the third drawer? we do not know, but from the background information we were given, I am guessing that it contains memories from the Holocaust that Grandpa wants to forget, such as his yellow star or pictures of friends or family that did not survive. If any of you would like to guess, please comment. I will post a follow up comment that gives the answer on Monday.

Geometry

We are about to learn GEOMETRY! (and no, I’m not talking about the game) that’s right folks, that brand of math full of shapes, rulers, and protractors. But before I get into that,


What Is Geometry?

According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, Geometry is the branch of mathematics concerned with the shape of individual objects, spatial relationships among various objects, and the properties of surrounding space. That basically means bring out your rulers, because geometry is based around measurement of just about anything. Angles, lines, shapes, you name it!


Okay, so now that we understand this branch of math,


What Do I Want To Learn?

This is simple. I am a dunce at calculating angles. I almost always need a protractor!


Thank you for reading,

Noa

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Remembrance day/Generations day

Today was remembrance day in Israel, also known as Yom Hazikaron. At school today we had a special ceremony in honor of all the fallen soldiers and victims of terror. At this assembly, I sang a song and took part in a dance. it was very solemn. This occasion is very important to many people.


On a happier note, today was also generations day! We had special guests here to take part in different activities. I did trivia about Israel with my grandfather, who also went to this very school. Cool, right? Here’s a photo:

Thanks for reading!

Projet Vidéo Écran Vert

Après plusieurs semaines de travail sur notre maquette qui montrait plusieurs aspects de la vie quotidienne d’un groupe autochtone les Inuits, et après avoir fait l’enregistrement de nos lignes que chaque groupe devait apprendre par cœur, notre vidéo était prête à visionner. 

J’ai aimé:

 

  • La maquette est tres bonne.

 

Aussi, j’aimerais faire quelques suggestions pour améliorer ce projet si j’avais à le refaire. 

 

  • Le facon de parler parce que je n’étais pas claire

 

CLIQUEZ ICI pour le lien de notre projet de groupe sur les Inuits.

Merci!

An Amazing April Break

Greetings my great readers!

In Language arts we are doing a small unit on figurative language, and I’m here to use figurative language to tell you about my break.

For example, when my family wanted to go for a walk, it was raining cats and dogs!

We also got a brand new car. The color was such a vibrant red, it looked like it was painted with blood.

One of my favorite sports is rock climbing, which we also did. I flew up those walls!

The break flew by like a rocket, but there are only 2 months until summer break!

 

Fun challenge: Can you identify all the figurative language devices I used? If you can, I encourage you to comment

 

Thanks for reading!

כנגד ארבה בנים דיברה תורה

We all know about the four children in the Haggadah, right? If not, here they are:

  1. The smart one, who asks: “What is the meaning of the laws and traditions God has given us?” Showing interest in the laws and traditions is very good
  2. The bad one, who asks: “What does this ritual mean to you?” Notice he says you and not us, thus excluding himself from his people.
  3. The simple one, who asks: “What is this?” Although he has no idea what is going on, he is still interested and learning.
  4. The one who does not know how to ask, with whom you need to open the discussion.

There is a midrash about this that says the children represent different stages of life. Here they are from youngest to oldest:

  1. The one who does not know how to ask is a baby, who cannot speak for himself.
  2. The simple one is a child, always learning and asking questions.
  3. The bad one is a teenager, rebellious and arrogant.
  4. The smart one is an adult, wiser but still eager to expand his knowledge.

I believe that these represent personalities, and the fact that no matter who you are or what you think we are all one nation.

Who do I identify most with?

In my opinion, the smart one, because although he is very knowledgeable, he is hungry for more knowledge.

Who do you readers identify with?  Please comment!