Private School Students: Are They More Successful Later in Life?

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One of the most important jobs that parents have when it comes to their children is ensuring that their children receive a good education. A good education is far more than simply attending school for a certain length of time, it is about providing one with the academic, social and life skills a child needs in order to succeed in their life. Fortunately for both students and their parents, there are multiple educational options to choose from. More and more parents today are considering these options when it comes to enrolling their child in school, and many are choosing private school over public school.

There are many reasons for why parents may choose to enroll their children in private school, rather than public school, including various personal and religious preferences. Broadly speaking, they may feel that private school can provide their children with more individualized programs and attention, that they have better curriculums which are not governed by state regulations, that they have more resources, that their teachers are better trained and more attentive and much more. But do private school students actually gain a significant advantage over public school students? More specifically, are private school students likely to be more successful later in life than public school students?

The Private School Difference

Private schools are commonly defined as those schools that have an independent income source, unlike public schools, control their own affairs, rather than being governed by state educational mandates and guidelines, and design and run their own teacher training and student curriculum. These schools tend to have more advantageous student-to-teacher ratios which allow for more personalized attention, and this means that students receive the help and care they need to address weaknesses and continue moving forward.

New research published by Statistics Canada has indicated the private school students tend to do better academically than their public school peers. But as much as private school students may benefit from better teaching and resources, experts believe that they also gain quite a lot of benefit from having well-educated parents. One research economist from Statistics Canada commented on the fact that studies repeatedly indicate that the education of a child’s parents is strongly correlated to their own educational success. It seems that the parents’ involvement in their child’s education further improves their educational success, and it may be surmised that this involvement places a higher emphasis on education, to their children’s benefit. That said, there is no arguing that private schools themselves definitely provide the opportunity for greater educational achievement.

Studies have indicated that private school students in Canada routinely outperform public school students by eight or nine percent. Furthermore, it has been discovered that private school students are anywhere from five to thirteen percent more likely than public school students to pursue graduate or professional degrees. By this alone, one could assume that many private school students achieve more successful lives than public school students. Of course, that’s not to say that public school students cannot achieve great success in their lives–and many of them do. However, it is logical to assume that a private school program that addresses the individual student, that fosters self-discipline and self-determined learning, and that tests knowledge and understanding for the student’s own benefit, rather than to achieve a state-mandated average, can be highly beneficial to a student’s future success in life.

Private Schools in Florida

Delphi is one of the most elite private schools in Pinellas county, with a focus on helping students take charge of their own educations and lives. For more information about what the Delphi alternative school curriculum has to offer, contact us today.


Making the Switch: Why Some Parents are Choosing Private School

Though many parents feel that the decision regarding which school their children will attend is largely out of their hands, others will uproot and move their entire household in order to live in a specific school district. Why would they do this? Because parents want the absolute best for their children, especially when it comes to the education that will help to set them up for their future, and some public schools have excellent reputations. However, some parents are looking for even more than what the best public schools have to offer. In fact, more and more parents today are considering private schools in Florida–and for very good reason.

The Benefits of Florida Private School

While acknowledging that there are some unique public schools that work hard to deliver an excellent educational experience to their students, there are some benefits of private school that are simply unavailable in public school, such as:

Stability – Public school districts and plans can change constantly from year to year and even during a single year. This can understandably be quite frustrating for parents who moved within a specific district in order to have their children enrolled in a specific school, only to have redistricting shift their children to a different school. It can also be frustrating for parents who want to be closely involved in their child’s education and school activities, and who watch beautiful plans get altered or entirely scrapped. Private schools provide a stability that is highly rewarding as both students and parents become closely involved with the school and with the creation and realization of various plans and programs.

Unique curriculum – Public school curricula are governed by state educational regulations, which means that individual schools don’t have a lot of room to be creative in teaching a variety of subjects and skills, including valuable life skills. Private schools, however, are not bound by such rules and regulations, and their unique curriculums are often designed to help students gain all the academic and non-academic skills they will need to truly succeed in the future.

Small class sizes – Public school class sizes are routinely above the point where teachers can spend valuable one-on-one time with their students, addressing weaknesses and stabilizing strengths. Unfortunately, this means that students who are really struggling in school can effectively “hide” behind more able classmates, drifting forward through their education without truly receiving what they will need in order to be successful in their future. Private school class sizes are routinely much smaller than public school classes, allowing teachers to work with each student to stabilize their strengths and address their weaknesses. This means that no student will go unnoticed.

Challenging studies – State regulations that govern most private school curricula can result in a course of study that some students may find pedantic and boring. Without challenge they aren’t pushed to figure their way out of problems, which in itself can be a valuable life lesson. Private schools tend to focus more on delivering to each individual student, which means that they can create more challenging courses of study for those students who will benefit from them.

Testing for understanding – Many public schools run tests in order to prove that their students have achieved and maintained a state mandated average in certain subjects. Private schools, on the other hand, tend to use tests in order to determine how well students understand subjects, so that weaknesses can be addressed and handled as needed.

These are just a few of the more common benefits of private schools, but is by no means a conclusive list. The mission statement of a private school can provide further insight into how that school functions and what its main focus is.

Delphi Florida is one of the top private schools in Florida, with a unique curriculum, small class sizes, valuable life skills courses and much more. To learn more about the benefits of a Delphi education, contact us today.


Private vs. Public Schools: How the Curriculum’s Differ

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When it comes to your child’s education, you obviously want the absolute best for them. The question is, what is best for them? Considering the financial commitment required by private schools, it is understandable that you would want some confirmation that they provide far more value than public schools. Taking a close look at how their curriculums differ from public school curriculums can help you to determine whether private school is the best choice for your child.

The Power of a Strong Curriculum

There is no doubt that a strong academic curriculum that covers important basics like reading, writing, and spelling is absolutely critical to laying the firm foundation necessary to a child’s successful future. Public school curriculums are governed by strict state educational guidelines, and while these guidelines are designed to help ensure that students get the basic education they need in order to do well in life, they can also be limiting. They may, for example, fail to provide more enriching curriculum, even though a strong, life skills science curriculum can greatly influence an individual’s success in life. Private school curriculums are not governed by strict state educational guidelines, which means that they have more room to address a wider range of subjects, to their students’ great benefit. More specifically, here are some key differences between public and private school curriculums:

Public school curriculums are limited due to state guidelines and budget. In order to adhere to state guidelines, many public school curriculums dictate that students must participate in certain classes, like math, English, and science. Their art and music programs tend to be terribly underfunded, and therefore limited, and in many cases, other valuable classes are extremely limited or even entirely non-existent in public schools. Private schools are not limited by state guidelines or budget, and so are able to provide a much broader curriculum so that students can participate in classes they are very interested in.

Public school curriculums tend to focus on achieving a good group average through the address of certain subjects and neglect of others. The success of public schools is based on average grades, test scores, and graduation rates. This means that teachers are encouraged to focus on certain subjects in order to drive averages up, and neglect other subjects (like art and music). Private school curriculums, on the other hand, tend to focus on each individual student and what subjects they need in order to succeed.

Public school curriculums demand unwavering teaching styles. Many public schools insist that their teachers stick to a specific style of teaching that caters to state educational guidelines and higher averages. This often means lecture-style teaching where a large amount of information is delivered in a short period of time. Private school curriculums, however, allow for the use of newer styles of teaching that may be more successful in helping students learn–such as more conversational or interactive, seminar-style teaching.

Public school curriculums move everyone forward at the same pace. Due to budgetary and other restraints, public schools move all students forward at the same pace, regardless of individual ability. This means that a student who is struggling at math will be moved forward at the same rate as a student who has no difficulty with math and even a student who excels at math. Private schools, however, tend to move individual students forward at the pace that is most appropriate to them. A student who is struggling in one subject can therefore, get the extra help he needs in order to master that subject, without “holding back” other students in his class who are skilled in that same subject.

Additionally, many private schools have aspects of their curriculum that help to improve basic life skills that are critical to the student’s ability to operate well in life. This helps students to have a much broader education than simply an academic-based education.

For more information about the benefits of a private school curriculum and specifically a life skills education curriculum and a functional skills curriculum, contact Delphi Florida today.

4 Ways Delphi Strengthens the Connection Between Students and Teachers

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Pretty much anyone who has spent any amount of time in school has a teacher that they felt especially connected to. Beyond the fact that this close connection means that students feel a general affinity toward their teacher, there is also the fact that they tend to learn better and become more confident and independent individuals. So how exactly does one create these beneficial learning connections?

The Learning Connection

Forming a strong learning connection is easily accomplished when one first creates a strong learning environment. In such an environment, students are not only able to learn from others, but they are also able to help others learn–even their teachers. They come to realize that their teachers are not untouchable authorities that must be believed without question and blindly obeyed, but rather they are a trusted friend who will consult with them, learn their strengths and weaknesses, and help them to reach their educational and life goals through gentle guidance. Obviously, this powerful connection between students and teachers is highly desirable, which is why Delphi Florida works hard to achieve it.

Teachers at Delphi help to create and strengthen learning connections by:

1. Using communication. In order to have a close connection with his or her students, a teacher absolutely must be in close communication with them. This is how they will learn about their students’ problems, questions, and concerns, and help them to address these issues as well as overcome challenges they encounter. Through these interactions, students will learn that their teacher truly cares about them, and this can help them to feel better about asking for help when needed. They are also more likely to work even harder to overcome challenges and succeed in their educational goals.

2. Creating a safe learning environment. Many students who struggle in school fail to get the help they need because they are afraid of being ridiculed by their peers. However, a good teacher cares for all their students, and their students’ many and varied opinions, and will cultivate a safe learning environment where all their students also care for and support one another. Such a teacher would not bring errors to the attention of the entire class, but work one-on-one with students later, as needed, to help them resolve difficulties.

3. Showing respect and earning trust. Students who are shown respect and who are given the opportunity to earn the trust of others, including their teacher, are far more likely to become confident, independent individuals. They are also often far more eager to work harder in order to make their teacher proud of them because they respect their teacher and value their teacher’s opinion. A teacher who praises their students whenever they have accomplished something is one who will go a long way in strengthening their connection with their students.

4. Being a friend. True friends give an individual support when they need it and a pat on the back when they deserve it. They don’t act like “know-bests” or play favorites; they are someone the individual feels comfortable interacting with and confiding in. This means that students who feel that their teacher is really their friend may even reveal to their teachers those things that are really troubling them–like a genuine dislike of a particular academic subject–so that their teacher can help them work through it.

Fostering and strengthening the powerful connection between students and teachers is far more than simply developing an affinity for another individual. It is about having an ally to help one along the often challenging and sometimes difficult educational journey so that one can grow into the confident, independent young adult they truly desire to be.

Contact us today for more information about how to help your child benefit from forming a strong connection with their teacher.

Academics and Activities: What Delphi Offers in the Pinellas Private School Setting

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One of the most important parts of your job as a parent is to ensure that your child receives a good education so that they are able to move forward confidently into an independent and successful future. This means far more than a solid grounding in academic basics–it also means familiarity with a variety of activities that help to build valuable life skills. You may have dismissed public schools and even charter schools in Clearwater, Florida, deciding that these schools fail to provide the full, enriching program your child needs. Before you embark on an exhaustive review of the list of private schools in Florida, take a moment to consider what Delphi Florida has to offer.

Delphi Florida’s Unique Blend of Academics and Activities

Along with instruction in important academic basics such as math, reading, writing, spelling, and history, among others, Delphi Florida also offers students a wide variety of activities like woodshop, art, pottery, crochet, volleyball, basketball, cooking, photography, coding, and much more. These activities can help children in many different ways, such as:

1. Learning time management. A student who sets out to complete a project within a certain activity, like cooking, will need to learn how to manage their time in order to do so. This is an incredibly valuable life skills that will aid them in many activities at school and in life.

2. Exploring a variety of diverse interests. It is not at all unusual for children to have many different interests, and yet not feel confident about pursuing any of them. With a variety of activities in school, students can explore many diverse interests and discover what they are really passionate about and interested in pursuing. As they spend more time and succeed in the activity, they will build their confidence in their ability to undertake new activities.

3. Contributing to others. When a child participates in activities in school, they learn how to contribute to others around them, and that they need to consider others when taking action. This can help them to form better, stronger relationships in the future.

4. Building their self-esteem. Participating in new activities allow children to develop and master new skills, which helps them to build their self-esteem.

5. Learning to set and achieve goals. Most activities are centered around setting and achieving a specific goal, whether it’s a beautiful painting, a technically superior and poignant photograph, a delicious meal or a championship. Participating in activities and learning to set and achieve goals can help the child set his sights on increasingly higher and more complex goals for their life.

6. Understanding the value of teamwork. Being able to work well with others is an incredibly valuable skill for an individual of any age, and developing it early on through various activities in school make it easy and natural to maintain in the future. The child will also learn to socialize and build relationships.

7. Boosting academic performance. There is a deep interrelationship between school academics and activities, especially students often need to apply academic skills to their activities. Finding a deeper purpose and use for their academics through participation in activities can boost a child’s interest and performance in their academics.

8. Making them happier. Children tend to be happier when they are engaged, busy and learning–also when they are moving their bodies. Activities provide them with a chance to learn in a different way than occurs through academic instruction and can be quite stimulating.

Delphi Florida is one of the most elite private schools in Tampa Bay, with a unique blend of academics and activities that help to provide a child with the knowledge, life skills, confidence, and independence they need to set and reach their goals. For more information about our unique program, contact us today.

How Summer Camp Can Build Your Child’s Resilience

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It is completely understandable that children need quite a bit of help with things when they are very young and just learning how to walk, talk and interact with others. One of the difficulties that parents may have as their children grow is learning how to slowly step back more and more, giving their children the opportunity to try things on their own–failing and learning from these failures. A child who simply gives up when things become too challenging is likely going to face considerable difficulty throughout their life, as there are plenty of challenges before them. Their resilience will allow them to confidently face and overcome challenges, which in turn will help them to achieve the goals they set. Fortunately, there are many ways that parents can step back and help to build their child’s resilience. Summer camp is one such way.

Summer Camp and Building Resilience

A summer camp program is designed to help a child explore independence and challenges in a way that is interesting and exciting. Summer camps provide all sorts of opportunities–from learning how to build a fire, going on a hike, braving a high ropes course and building a tent, to meeting and getting to know new individuals, stepping outside one’s comfort zone, courageously asking others for help, and more–and these opportunities can allow children to learn more about the world around them and grow stronger and more resilient. More specifically, summer camps allow children to:

1. Form new relationships. Of course, children at summer camp will form new relationships with other children, which can certainly help them to build their social skills, but they will also form new relationships with adults. They can learn how to communicate with adults who are not their parents in order to gain the things they need or want.

2. Build their confidence. Children can sometimes be reluctant to try new things, especially if they are sensitive to the fact that others may appear to do better at certain things (like running fast or climbing). However, summer camp is all about trying new things, and children can become more confident about their ability to do different things and choose those things they like best.

3. Feel more in control of their own life. Summer camps provide many opportunities for children to choose what to do and when without their parents directing them. While it’s true that they still need supervision, stepping away from their parents while experiencing these new opportunities can help children to feel more in control of their own life, which can make them more willing to face and solve problems they encounter in life.

4. Develop physically. Children need a lot of fresh air, exercise, and good food in order to grow well physically, and summer camps provide plenty of opportunities for all these things. This can also help children to realize that taking proper care of their body by providing it with fresh air, exercise, and good food helps them to feel well and strong.

5. Feel connected with others. Many summer camps provide and encourage numerous group activities, including games and songs, that help children to feel more connected to others.

6. Gain a better understanding of their own and others’ culture. Whether through a special skit night or other camp program, children can become more aware of their own and others’ culture, which can help them to better understand the differences they may see in others around them.

A well-designed and run summer camp program can help to reinforce the same lessons and values you seek to teach your children at home, which can help them to make good decisions in the future–no matter what challenges they may encounter.

For more information about the many benefits of summer camps or to learn about one of the top summer camps in FL, contact Delphi Florida today.

Parents of Middle Schoolers: Why You Need to Start Planning for College Now

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As your child finally moves up from elementary school into middle school you help them to celebrate what you both likely feel is quite a momentous occasion. They are growing up and becoming more independent than ever, and you may feel that early adulthood is certainly looming large in the distance. But that’s just the point–early adulthood is still distant. That means that planning for college is also distant, right? Actually, there are some very good reasons why you should start planning now when your child is just entering middle school.

Looking to the Future and College

It’s true that a student should wait until high school before they begin picking up college brochures or going on tours, but there are many other ways they can begin preparing for college while in middle school so as to smooth the more detailed preparations that are yet to come. Specifically, beginning to plan for college while your child is a middle schooler means you are:

1. Helping to ensure they are receiving a solid foundation. The core academic basics of reading, writing, and math are absolutely essential to a child’s college career and future. If they are weak in these areas, they may very well struggle not only through high school but also through college courses. Planning for college while they are in middle school means ensuring they are receiving a solid foundation in academic basics, and aiding them where necessary to address any weaknesses they have.

2. Helping to ensure they have a good GPA. When deciding whether to admit a student and certainly when deciding whether to give out scholarships, colleges take a close look at that student’s GPA. If your child is currently struggling with any subjects, chances are that their grades in that subject are on the lower side. Unfortunately, they may very well remain low in high school, when their GPA does really matter as regards their college admittance unless they are addressed and handled now.

3. Helping to make a plan for their standardized testing. There are many tests your child should take to help them in the college application process, including the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and more. If you assist your child in preparing for these tests as early as possible and prudent, you can help them move through these tests more smoothly and easily, and even open the door to potential scholarships. The PSAT qualifies students for the National Merit Scholarship, and SAT subject tests can help to prove that a student is truly dedicated to learning in a particular subject field. This knowledge can help you ensure that your child has the best possible chance to present a great application to the college or colleges of his choice.

4. Figuring out ahead of time how to fund their college education. Whether you plan to pay for their college tuition, help them set up a student loan or connect with excellent scholarship opportunities, it will be less stressful to figure out how to fund your child’s college education if you start early, rather than waiting.

5. Helping them build an amazing resume. If your child participates in a great amount of community service and projects while in middle school and in high school, their college and scholarship resume will be all the more impressive. Furthermore, by starting early on their resume activities your child will not have to scramble later in order to fill out their resume more completely.

Your child may have only just started middle school, but it’s not too early to begin thinking about their future and their college career. Doing so now can help to ensure a smoother path to the college of their choice and far less stress and worry for you later. If your child attends private school, be sure to ask their college and career counselor for advice and guidance.

Tampa Private School

When looking for private schools in Tampa, you need to look no further than Delphi. Delphi has one of the top private middle schools in Tampa, with a focus on independent, self-driven learning. For more information, contact us today.

5 Ways Summer Camp Provides Long-Term Social and Emotional Benefits for Kids

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Kids look forward to summertime for a variety of reasons–not the least of which is the opportunity for many wonderful outdoor activities and time with friends. Many parents believe that summertime is highly beneficial for kids because they get a break from school and a chance to do other things. It’s true that kids who can try new experiences during the summer benefit immensely, but it’s also true that kids who aren’t participating in very specific educational activities are missing out on the long-term social and emotional benefits that are available to them through an organized summer camp.

Educational Summer Activities

Summer learning for kids does not mean long, boring hours in a classroom. There are actually many fun summer learning activities available through summer camps–activities that can feed a child’s interests and even help to strengthen their weaknesses so they are better prepared for the coming school year. Furthermore, these summer learning activities can actually provide many long-term social and emotional benefits to kids.

Here are just five ways summer camp can benefit kids socially and emotionally:

1. It provides a different environment. During the normal school year, kids can enjoy interacting with a close circle of friends and experiencing a fairly invariable routine on a daily basis. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this, but the fact is that their comfort in this close circle of friends and regular routine can prevent them from expanding their social skills. During summer camp, kids are introduced to new friends and exposed to new routines and activities. This can help them to grow their social skills and become more confident in their ability to make new friends and try new things–skills that will aid them wonderfully in the future.

2. It allows one to work through social challenges. During summer camp, kids are encouraged to interact with other individuals and with groups, which can help them to experience and overcome social challenges. For example, they can learn how to present themselves well to others, how to influence others and how to show empathy and concern for others instead of just focusing on self and one’s personal thoughts and feelings. This skill is essential for any individual who will be working and interacting with others in the future.

3. It presents opportunities for one to experience emotional challenges. Perhaps one of the most difficult things for kids to learn is that a failure is an opportunity to learn and improve. It can be emotionally difficult for kids to experience failures, as they strive to always do their best. Summer camp can present safe opportunities for kids to experience emotional challenges and build resilience, such as when their team loses a game, or when they feel nervous, excited and sad, without requiring adults to step in and make things better or okay.

4. It is the perfect chance to discover what one really likes. Summer camps tend to have a vast array of interesting activities that allow an individual to try many new things. They can discover what they are passionate about, and build their self-confidence in their ability and willingness to pursue these interests.

5. It keeps one engaged and busy with others. There are numerous benefits in leaving kids alone to use their imaginations and entertain themselves, but if this is a constant state that they deal with for many weeks or even several months at a time, they may become focused more exclusively on self, and it can be difficult for them to transition back into a social group where they must consider others as well. Summer camp is a fun way to help smooth this area, providing plenty of opportunities for the individual to use their imagination and focus on self while also providing plenty of opportunities for them to be social with others.

For more information about Delphi Florida’s unique summer camp program, contact us today!

Personalized Learning Proven to Increase Student Engagement

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No one is precisely like anyone else–a fact that is actually quite essential to the growth of our world. After all, it is the unique thoughts of different individuals that lead to wonderful new ideas and changes that we all benefit from. In fact, we should encourage individuals to recognize and embrace their uniqueness, since this is how our world can continue to grow and change in ways that benefit us. Such recognition should begin during a child’s education–with personalized learning.

Delphi Alternative School

If you take a moment to consider current educational programs, there is a wide use of “one-size-fits-all” learning systems. There may once have been a time when this approach to education worked well enough, but this was also a time when children often learned far more at home, with their parents and families, than is customary today and it was a time when career demands may not have been quite as challenging for young adults as they are now.

A one-size-fits-all learning system can present several significant problems. Firstly, it fails to sufficiently recognize the uniqueness of each individual student, as well as their strengths and weaknesses and what must be done to address these. Also, it tends to force students who understand certain principles to continue to sit through lessons on these principles because their classmates need to learn them. Finally, it pushes ahead students who need more time to understand and learn principles that their classmates have mastered. Personalized learning provided at alternative schools not only resolves these issues, it has been proven to increase student engagement. This is exactly what the Delphi program provides.

Delphi Learning

A student in a traditional school system can quickly discover that they can simply memorize and recite back the information that they are taught and they will move right along with the crowd. This allows them to remain somewhat disengaged from the learning process. With the personalized learning provided at Delphi, students take an active role in their education, learning at their own pace. They work closely with their teachers to design their educational programs and set goals that align with their specific interests and help address their weaknesses. This results in far more student engagement, as they cannot progress in their education simply by drifting along with the group, but rather must take charge of their education and set the pace of their progress.

Another unique and valuable aspect of the personalized learning delivered through the Delphi program is the fact that students are not subjected to lectures given by teachers who are an authority on the subject. Instead, teachers at Delphi act more like guides, showing students the general path they need to follow for their education and helping the student learn how to find answers and solutions to their own questions and problems. This can work to further increase student engagement simply because children are innately hungry for knowledge, and are far more likely to receive and retain information that they feel they have sought out and can understand rather than information that they feel has been shoved down their throat.

If the entire purpose of education is to provide an individual with the basic knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in their future career, it follows that their education must be able to predict what knowledge and skills the individual will need. Assuming that all students must participate in the exact same lessons throughout their entire educational career in order to reach their individual goals can be likened to assuming that every restaurant patron at a particular restaurant will want to eat the same dish. Viewing each student as the unique individual they are and presenting them with opportunities for personalized learning will allow them to not only remain more engaged in their education but also truly thrive in their education, and in their future.

4 Ways Public Speaking Courses are Benefiting Students

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It’s really no surprise that many individuals dread having to speak in public and will do anything to avoid having to speak in public. The reasons for this dread can vary widely–from terror about being the center of so much attention to worrying about accidentally doing or saying something embarrassing to even concerns about one’s voice inflections and everything else in between. In all honesty, it can definitely be rather intimidating to stand up in front of any size group of people and speak confidently on a topic so as to captivate their interest. Fortunately, few people need concern themselves about actually acquiring and perfecting this skill, right? After all, not everyone will need to speak publicly in their future or career, will they? Actually, while it may seem that public speaking is a skill that only a few select individuals will need for their chosen profession, it is actually an incredibly invaluable skill that can benefit anyone and everyone. This is just one reason why Delphi’s high school program includes public speaking exercises.

Public Speaking Activities for High School Students

Regardless of the profession or career one chooses to pursue, there are many skills one should acquire in order to succeed in this profession or career. Public speaking is one of them, as it is a very valuable skill to have. The more one practices public speaking the easier public speaking can become for them. Furthermore, public speaking courses can benefit students by:

1. Improving their communication skills. One could safely argue that the difference between a powerful public speaker and a weak public speaker is their ability to communicate easily and well. A powerful public speaker’s audience understands what he is communicating about, while a weak public speaker’s audience often struggles to understand what is being communicated about and what this topic has to do with them. When students practice public speaking they learn to communicate their ideas clearly and concisely so that they can be easily understood by their audience. This helps the student understand the importance of always delivering clear communication–a skill they can use in all their relations with others.

2. Improving their self-confidence. The world does not thrive on old ideas that never change, it thrives on new ideas that consider current conditions and what must be done to improve them. This means that the world definitely needs individuals who have brave, bold ideas for how to make things better. Unfortunately, many wonderful ideas may never be presented because the individual behind them lacks the confidence necessary to share them with others. By learning how to bravely stand up in front of others, present a topic and argue for a particular point through public speaking exercises, a student can improve their self-confidence and become all the more able to share their valuable ideas with others in the future.

3. Improving their ability to plan. A good public speech requires good advance planning, as one has to decide how they will present their topic and argue a point to persuade their audience into an agreement of some sort. Students can quickly learn that the time spent planning out what to say is well worth the effort, and is yet another skill that will prove very helpful to them in the future.

4. Teaching the power of persuasion. Since the main goal of a speech is to persuade the audience to agree with a particular point, and since few individuals would simply agree with a point that is presented to them, students who practice public speaking must learn how to convincingly persuade their audience. This is yet another valuable leadership skill, as leaders often have to persuade others in a variety of ways.

At Delphi, the speaking activities for high school students are designed to benefit them in better preparing them to be strong, confident leaders in their adult lives. For more information about our high school program, contact us today.