Speak Your Mind

speak your mind

Speak your Mind (SYM) is a weekly training program that captures youth-lead group discussions in the format of several podcasts. Speak your Mind (SYM) stimulates learning through creative means and open lines of communication.

The following benefits include:

  • TDSB Character Education Traits
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Empathy
  • Kindness
  • Caring
  • Fairness
  • Honest
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance.

Under the supervision and support of the Read2Rap Team, youth are expected to research, develop, and conduct their own informative podcast.

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How do children benefit from Speak Your Mind?

SYM Episodes gives youth a potential audience of thousands for their work.

It’s great for developing literacy skills (writing scripts, setting up interviews etc), allows children to develop and practice their speaking and listening skills.

SYM Episodes can be interactive, and the audience can be invited to send their comments, giving valuable feedback to the children about their work.

Participants develop increased teamwork skills. The children always work together really well, as they’re always keen to make a great show.


Educational Uses of SYM Podcasts

SYM Podcasts are great alternatives for delivering research content or lessons to students who need remedial or extended support

Students can create their own SYM to share their learning experiences with each other and also with other students from other schools.

Teachers can record SYM  to provide additional and revision material to students to download and review at a time that fits them the best.

SYM  Episodes can hugely benefit auditory learners and help them in their learning.

Creating SYM  Episodes allows students to develop several important skills such as researching, writing, speaking effectively, solving problems, managing time, grabbing attention and improving their vocabulary.