Creating a supportive community: speaking

August 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm 2 comments

What is a quality audience?

Our Director of Studies has introduced us to the idea of a quality audience.. with children, you spend some time discussing what a quality audience looks like, feels like and sounds like, asking them to come up with ideas.

You can also negotiate with the children, for example, if someone has suggested “everyone must sit still”, you can encourage them to think how much fidgeting is OK, and can we help people who need to fidget, eg by giving them something quiet to fiddle with while they listen…

Then, in any speaking activity, you can ask them to be a “quality audience” for the speaker. The Director of Studies says things like, “Can I have a quality audience in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1” to bring group chat to a close and focus on the speaker. Works a treat with us!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John Johnston  |  August 30, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    We use:
    quiet, still, eye contact and appropriate response.

  • 2. katymacdougall  |  August 30, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks John – that’s nice because it’s quite catchy and easy to remember. I’m looking for as many of these as I can get. I also heard a P2 teacher using a cute request to get all the children settled and sorted on the carpet: “eyes and tummies facing me”.


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