Over the summer, I contacted Nepris about our project. If you've never heard of Nepris, you should hop on over there right now and create an account. They will connect you and your class to a professional who can talk with your class about whatever topic you are discussing. Think of what your next unit will be about. Would you like to talk to a person who works in that field but don't know the perfect person to chat with? Don't worry. Nepris will set up a video chat with a professional so your kids can learn more from an expert.
Nepris connected us with Tricia Stewart Shiu who is an award-winning author, book reviewer, and motivational speaker, living in the Los Angeles area. I had never heard of Ms Stewart Shiu before but I can honestly say she has quickly become a favorite in our school. I have now been a part of two sessions with her and have a third scheduled in a couple weeks.
Tricia has everything you could possibly want in a guest speaker for your class. She knows her profession well. She understands the writing process and how to promote books and is able to communicate these skills to our students. Not only is she knowledgeable, but she is able to bring that knowledge to the students' level. Some people may accidentally talk over the heads of primary-aged students, but Ms Stewart Shiu doesn't do that. She knows her audience well. Finally, she is enthusiastic about her work and genuinely loves to talk to the kids about it. As we know from working with kids, enthusiasm is contagious. As she displays her excitement about writing, the kids start to pick on that and get more excited for their projects too.
I'm so glad that I was able to connect with Nepris and with Tricia Stewart Shiu. I encourage you to find your professional expert today!