Providing opportunities for students to “lean into” their anxieties and face their fears of public speaking can seem counter intuitive, but it is the gradual, safe exposure to things that we are fearful of that helps us gain confidence and build resilience.
To provide students with strategies/ knowledge to help them regulate their breathing and calm their nerves when they speak publicly in front of an audience. Get students to connect with their bodies and understand the influence that their anxieties have on the performance of their bodily functions and vice versa.
Group agreements (not rules!) help to create safe and caring spaces that will enhance any group activity. They serve as a set of clear, co-created guidelines to help participants feel comfortable with each other in an atmosphere of safety, respect and trust. Everyone shares the responsibility for the experience and once developed, a group can regularly re-visit the agreements to see if they are still working and make changes if issues come up.
Student Vote lets students experience the voting process themselves and build the habits of active and engaged citizenship.
Students learn about government and the electoral process, as well as the current election issues, parties and candidates through classroom learning, campaign activities, media consumption and family dialogue. On Student Vote Day, students act as election officials and co-ordinate a vote for the election candidates running in their school’s electoral district. Teachers can register online to receive activity guides, campaign posters, electoral district maps, ballots and ballot boxes.