NLP School Speech
Fifth-grade students had to prepare and practice a speech on the topic, “Challenges we face versus previous generations.” All students presented their speeches in their homerooms to determine a class winner. Each classroom winner then advanced to the school level competition. The eight class finalists gave their speeches on the cafeteria stage in front of 200 of their peers and parents. Subjects included divorce in the social media age, self-esteem, stress, dangers of too much screen time, not enough outdoor playtime, poverty, gun violence in schools, and fast food. To become a better speaker, the students used strategies by planning appropriately, practicing (and practicing some more) and engaging with their audience. All the finalists did a fantastic job! Congratulations to the first and second place winners, Olivia Gutierrez and Hannah Aglio!
GYTO and Be The Revolution
In the month of February, teachers at NorthLake Park had the opportunity to attend two great educational events. The PTA sponsored a professional development opportunity by sending some of our teachers to the Get Your Teach On (GYTO) Conference at the Florida Mall Hotel. This experience left educators motivated, inspired and empowered. They learned best practices for true engagement in the classroom with academic rigor while at the same time having fun! Teachers explored numerous strategies to increase their students’ desire to learn. They experienced so much during the two days and returned to work refreshed and ready to implement so many new and engaging ideas!
The second educational event was Be the Revolution! NLP teachers had a great time hearing from motivational educator Ron Clark at Lake Nona High School. Ron Clark is a New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker for inspiring educators. Ron Clark has appeared on national TV shows, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2000, Clark received the Disney Teacher of the Year Award. A big shout out to Vista Lakes Elementary, which organized and hosted this awesome event.