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Anyone else doing school visits?

As part of my overall plan for world domination, getting myself and my work known, I'm looking to develop a long-term, working relationship with local schools.

Last Wednesday, I visited the good folks at Lakehurst Elementary school in Lakehurst, New Jersey, to give my I are a writer! presentation. I did two assemblies, K thru 4th grade and 5th thru 8th grade.

I can't speak for the audience, but I had a lot of fun. The kids were engaged and well-behaved. I was impressed with their questions, and pleasantly surprised to discover that more than a few of the older ones wrote fiction outside of school - one of the moms there told me her 7th grader has already written a novel, the 4th grade daughter of an another had written a play! 

The school also  booked me to give the first three modules of my Fun with Fiction program to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes over the next three months, so I've added the books they're currently reading in class to my tbr pile. I've already started on Charlotte's Web which, as believe I've mentioned before, has one my favorite opening lines: 'Where's Papa going with that ax?'

Anyone else doing school visits?

I'd love to hear about your experiences, and any advice you'd care to share.

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Oct. 30th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Did school presentations related to history and the historical recreation educational group I played with. It was indeed fun, educational to Me (as well as the children) and tiring, because a lot of energy goes into it. Not a school visit, yet I found my Perioperative Nursing related presentations (continuing professional education) to be exactly the same.

And yes, make notes on what received good responses (jokes, humourous anectodes not necessarily jokes, and pointers). Tune things up. It gets better.
Oct. 30th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
There's a definite difference in sense of humor between Kindergarteers and 8th grade :)

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