I'm teaching four 2nd grade MS girls in a special class because they're going to be hosting Philippine exchange students next month. My co-teacher and principal want my students to do a presentation on Korea during the "welcoming ceremony" for them. We have one week to prep before we stop class so they can study for midterms. Then we meet one more time before their guests arrive.
I was able to see two of those students present tonight in front of their fellow 2nd graders. One did fine - read her part OK and didn't seem terribly self-conscious. The second one spent most of the time facing the board while her group mates spoke and was giggling so much she couldn't read her part, so her friend did it for her. The other two I have yet to see in action.
I'm concerned that the presentation will be a complete flop because (at least one) student will be so nervous she won't be able to present. They'll be in front of their other 2nd graders, perhaps 1st grade, their new guests and probably their families too. Certainly other teachers and the principal/vp. I'm going to ask for access to the auditorium next week so they can get a feel for standing on stage and speaking, but I'm wondering about techniques to use with them to make them more comfortable and confident.
Does anyone have suggestions for how to do that? Exercises, games, pep talk ideas to make them relax and feel confident? Any resources or ideas would be most appreciated.