Information for Volunteers
Making the Presentation a Success
- Call the teacher prior to your presentation to discuss the topic and the expectations. If set up time or equipment will be needed, please clarify with the teacher.
- Gather visual materials and props for your presentation. Students learn best from real objects, pictures, models and /or stories.
- If you are bringing hand-outs, create age and subject appropriate materials. It is best to hand out the materials at the end of the presentation, as not to cause the students from getting distracted.
- Your confirmation includes the name of the school and the address.
- Allow yourself ample time to park, sign in at the school office, and set up for your presentation. Whenever possible, park in the reserved visitor parking spaces.
- On days where weather is a concern, please review the district emergency school closing information.
During the Presentation
- Introduce yourself to the students. They are interested in who you are, what you do and how you became interested and knowledgeable about the topic.
- Involve the students during the presentation. Asking them questions or seeking a volunteer for a demonstration helps to keep them engaged.
- Make the topic real by relaying personal anecdotes or telling stories.
- Keep it simple!
- Allow some time towards the end for questions the students may have.