Schools visits are magical…most of the time. My very first school visit started with technology issues. After struggling for half an hour, I decided to give my presentation without slides. At that point, of course, the presentation suddenly started working! Talk about stressful. But in the end, it’s your connection with the kids that matters. How do we inspire and encourage kids during our school visits?
I thought through this question as I recently prepared for my visit to St. Augustine’s school, where I spent the day leading workshops for K-8, pictured here. There are the three basic rules that work for me. I share personal experiences, get the kids involved, and use questions.
1. Share personal experiences. Kids like hearing about your triumphs and downfalls. They want to hear something silly or what gives you ideas for books. I share my pile of rejections, a silly picture of myself at…
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