Guest Speaker Engagement - Real World Learning

Guest Speaker Engagement

Spark student curiosity and connections by inviting guest speakers into your classroom, in person or virtually.

Bringing in a guest speaker is a high impact way to give your students the opportunity to learn about different education and career paths, explore industries, and strengthen their professional communication skills.

A school building with a speech balloon above it

A tablet with a map marker on the screen
How does this fit with my class?

Teacher talking to students

Effective guest speakers can be from any industry and at any point in their career.

Objectives

  • Construct and ask effective questions
  • Communicate effectively with professionals
  • Use appropriate gestures and body language
  • Learn about a specific career path or industry
Activity Location
  • A school building In school
  • Students looking at a presentation on a screen Virtual
  • A bus Out of school
Prep Time
  • A clock showing 15 minutes Low
  • A clock showing 30 minutes Medium
  • A clock showing an hour High
Scope
  • A lesson book Lesson
  • A calendar with a gold star on it Event
  • A gear being orbited by three dots Program

Full Battery
What will my students gain?

From the Partnership for 21st Century Learning:

Creativity and Innovation

  • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis

Communication and Collaboration

  • Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade) Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact
  • Communicate effectively in diverse environments

Life & Career Skills

  • Know when it is appropriate to listen and when to speak
  • Present oneself professionally and with proper etiquette

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