Today's podcast was recorded with Erik Palmer, a guru of instructional practices for better spoken communication. Erik shares his philosophy on the importance of teaching speech as a crucial life skill. He has developed a framework to teach students what to do before and during speaking and uses mini lessons throughout the year to practice elements of great speech. He integrates speaking into all areas of instruction to maximize every moment and have students practice these skills. He elaborated on the importance of adults and teachers becoming effective oral communicators. Throughout our conversation Erik emphasized the importance of always improving and learning. He has many resources available through twitter, his website, and books, including checklists, a framework to teach, and other supporting materials. Erik Palmer will be a featured speaker at the 2022 CCIRA Literacy Conference.Resources:Erik Palmer's WebsiteErik Palmer's Twitter AccountErik's Basic Framework for Speaking (Begins at 6:56)What you do before you open your mouth - planning content for audience, appearance, visual aidsWhat you do as you are speaking - performing, body language, emotionPVLEGS (framework for speaking)Student Skill Monitors - example, "Poise Monitor"Framework becomes a tool for Peer FeedbackGuiding students from "I can't do speeches" to being effective speakers (Begins 18:47)Break down speaking for studentsGet past the mystique and the idea of "I am not a good speaker.""We are emerging speakers"Mentor SpeechesWell Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students; Book by Erik PalmerSpeaking skills for teachers as educational advocates (29:31)Back to School NightIdentifying our weaknesses and speakers and learning to get betterErik's Inspirations to check out:Kelly GallagherUnknown Author Speaker from CCIRAQuestions or comments about the Episode? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.