There is no doubt in any educators’ mind that engaging an entire class in a certain activity almost always provides benefits. Whether it be a game to create lasting friendships between the children, or a song to get a certain moral lesson across, bringing a class together as a whole to accomplish a feat is sure to produce a good time. Rather than just incorporating such a concept into play time, however, group activities can also play a vital role in the intellectual field as well.
Oral recitation is the practice of having an entire class “recite important facts, identifications, definitions, and procedures within the instruction and later when they need to be revisited” (1). This method proves quite beneficial to students when acted out frequently in the classroom, though the time for each session should be kept rather short, not exceeding two and one-half minutes. The prime time to begin introducing your students to oral recitation is before testing, allowing them to retain the information in their young minds for a much longer period of time than if they were to just read the same words on the page over and over again. Hearing it said aloud by their own mouths results in a higher level of confidence in the subject matter, while also ensuring that they fully understand a topic that requires critical thinking. By engaging them in the learning process rather than just instructing, students will become far more interested in their education until they’re just itching for more knowledge. Also, the level of seriousness is kept to the maximum when students come to realize that this specific topic is vital enough for the entire class to participate in at once, further ensuring remembrance.
This process of learning should not be set aside for the classroom alone, however; students of all ages, from elementary school to college, can use this tool to retain any form of information ranging in levels of difficulty. It’s advisable for students currently in their higher learning stages to just sit in a quiet room by themselves and recite whatever facts or definitions they may need aloud. First, they can start by reading straight out of their notes or textbook, allowing themselves to both see the words on the page while reading them out loud. Then, they can progress to the true test by verbally reciting without their paper. This should be repeated a number of times before the day of the test, allowing themselves weeks of prep time; however, once again it is imperative to not put too much strain on the subject.
The more difficult the subject is, the more important it is for a student to be able to recall it at the tip of a hat. Treating information in a more sophisticated way allows this to happen, as the mind will, too, treat the information will such a high level of care. This method also incorporates the social time all young people need to truly becoming comfortable in their environment. Public speaking is a skill that all should learn, and the earlier people are introduced to it, the more confidence they will have both in their eloquence and self.