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Special Guests in Online Lessons

A colleague of mine (high school social studies teacher) likes to invite special guests to synchronous virtual lessons, and I’m incorporating this into my teaching as well. In the past, he has invited state senators and legislators to attend his sessions, allowing students to learn from an expert and allowing the legislator to learn more about our school.

Benefits of special guests in a virtual lesson are:Image

  • motivating the student
  • providing an expert or second opinion
  • students can prepare questions in advance
  • the session can be recorded and replayed for those who missed it

I am putting a spin on having a special guest in my LiveLesson session tomorrow.  I teach a gifted science course to 4th and 5th graders, and in the second semester we have a long-term science project that ends with a student presentation in a virtual session.  Tomorrow’s lesson shows students what is required in the final presentation, and special guest, former student and current 6th grader, will join me to present parts of his project along with the instructions I provide. He will also be available to answer questions from the students. I hope this motivates the students and helps them realize they can do it!  🙂