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This Week's Topic

Guest Speakers
Inviting guest speakers into your classroom can be an effective means to raise issues, impart real-life experiences, and drive home a specific lesson. This week's Teaching Tips focus on who to invite into your classroom, how to find speakers, and other helpful information.

This Week's Tips

What Guest Speakers Need to Know (Monday)
When inviting a guest speaker into your classroom, inform the speaker about your course and why he or she is being invited. Be sure the speaker is fully informed about his or her role in the class. What specific topics do you want the speaker to address? How long do you want the speaker to speak? Is the speaker willing to allow students to ask questions? Answer these and any other questions.

How to Find Guest Speakers (Tuesday)
There are a number of resources you can use to find speakers in your area. For business classes, call on business leaders and local chamber of commerce leaders. Ask the mayor to speak to political science classes. Ask bookstores and libraries for the names of local authors and poets to speak to literature and writing classes. When contacting a potential speaker, remember these tips: Many people welcome the chance to speak to college students. Be brave. Also, you are asking a favor. Be gracious.

Build Interest in Speakers (Wednesday)
Announce upcoming speakers to your students to spark their interest. Encourage students to write a list of questions they want to ask. Discuss these questions in class. Here are a few more tips: Display posters in the room with the upcoming speakerís photograph and relevant information. Encourage students to visit the speakerís Web site if one is available. Play a cassette or videotape featuring the speaker.

Make Inviting a Guest Speaker a Class Assignment (Thursday)
Have students work on inviting guest speakers as part of a class assignment. Hold a class discussion on potential organizations as sources for guest speakers. Make a list of seven or eight possibilities, then hold a class vote to choose. Have students meet in groups, and assign different responsibilities to each group. See this weekís Download Depot, and have student groups assign individual tasks to group members.

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Put Everything in Writing (Friday)
Both before and after a speaker visits your classroom, youíll want to use the power of the pen. Before the speakerís visit, whether arrangements were made over the phone, by e-mail, or by regular mail, send a letter to the speaker that confirms everything that has been agreed on. After the speakerís talk, send a short thank-you note to tell the speaker the talk was appreciated and valuable.

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