Debra Lambrecht, Founder, Caulbridge Education | September 16, 2016
Oracy includes speaking and listening skills, rhetorical techniques, self-regulation and presence. Can a student look you in the eye, listen to another’s perspective and offer a reasoned point of view?
Oracy supports numeracy and literacy skills for a more balanced and relevant education. Numeracy is the ability to understand and work with numbers. Literacy is the ability to read, write and draw knowledge from information. Oracy adds the ability to be confident and capable in communications and relationships. Self-expression, reading an audience, building on the views of others and well-developed ideas are important life skills.
We are preparing children for a time of new paradigms, for jobs that have not yet been created, for unknown challenges and undiscovered solutions. In these unprecedented times of change and uncertainty, our world needs adaptive thinkers with strength of heart and character.
At Caulbridge School, we want students to have the mindset, skillset and internal architecture to navigate their world. In addition to the academics, arts and self-efficacy skills, we teach communication and relationship skills necessary to confidently engage with the world.
We teach oracy skills that are age appropriate and correlate with the child’s physiological, intellectual and social-emotional development. In Grade One students practice listening, taking turns, eye contact and recitation. Lessons that support sensory motor skills and spatial awareness help develop the confidence and presence necessary for effective communication.
Building upon these practices, students are provided opportunities to develop linguistics, verbal and non-verbal communication and critical thinking skills. By Grade Eight students will be able to critically examine ideas and opinions, then develop and deliver a reasoned point of view.