There really is very little I enjoy as much as going to schools and winding up the children with the excitement of reading and writing. These are days that are exhausting in all the best ways.
Tips for those who may be looking for presenters, and those who are thinking of entering those waters themselves:
1. The presenter must have more energy than the group of children in the room.
2. The presenter must be very good at directing the flow of energy rather than attempting to stifle it. (never try to get a group to be quiet, rather, convince them to make the noise YOU want them to).
3. The presentation needs to be tailored to the age of of those in attendance.
4. The presentation must be interactive throughout.
5. The presentation must support the reading and writing goals of the host school.
6. The presenter and the material must be exciting and informational.
This can be done! It is not, however, for the faint of heart. While presenting to groups of students is a great deal of fun, it is also a great deal of work. This is not a place where one can afford to fail.