Thank you for agreeing to serve as a POP presenter at PRS. By sharing your own life experiences, you are making learning come to life for our students. As you help to bring out the potential of each child, you will be making an impact for many years to come.
Here are some guidelines to maximize the impact of your presentation.
•Each morning and afternoon POP session is divided into three 45-minute segments. By the time students move from one room to the next and get settled, you can plan for approximately 40 minutes of learning time.
•Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your session begins to have time to check in at the office and make your way to the room. Allow additional time if you have audio-visual technology to set up.
Students have different learning styles—auditory learners, visual learners, hands-on learners, etc. Hence, the best presentations combine multiple modes of teaching. Consider using one or more of the following techniques:
•Physical props use objects within the lesson
•Photos or videos (projectors are available)
•Drawings, charts, graphs, diagrams, or other infographics (whiteboards are available)
•Music or sound effects
•Games or puzzles
•Experiments and/or demonstrations
Many of us grew up in schools where learning meant “listening to a lecture.” However, that is not The Pike Road Way; our students are accustomed to engaging, interactive learning experiences. Try to build time into your presentation for the following:
•Ask questions of the students to check their understanding and challenge their thinking;
•Create opportunities for students to relate your topic to their own life experiences;
•Encourage students to ask questions and explore ideas; and
•Provide handouts and/or websites with resources to help students dig deeper on their own.
We are discovering that the most important factor in learning is engaging a student’s heart so that he or she wants to learn. We all have a built-in desire to learn, but we must be engaged by building curiosity. Here are some suggestions for creating curiosity about your topic, especially in the opening 2-3 minutes of your talk:
•Tell a humorous or unusual personal story;
•Start with a surprising or shocking fact about your topic that students might not expect;
•Explain how some aspect of your topic might impact their own lives in unexpected ways; and
•Create an extreme or exaggerated scenario that engages students imagination.
If you are interested in helping with our POP program, please contact Emily Roach at email@example.com or 334-462-4699.