I am lucky enough to participate in a school visit with a middle school. The interested teacher won one of my books in a giveaway and I offered to visit his classroom. So keep giving out those books! Preparing for a classroom visit is exciting and I keep finding new things I need to consider. I thought I’d share some things that I’m learning as I get ready.
Here are a list of things you might not have considered when thinking about a school visit.
1. Contacts – Keep handy the contact information for your teacher and the school’s PTO point person.
2. Bookmarks – Order and bring enough bookmarks to hand out freely during the event. Sign some too. Kids love them!
3. Order Form – create an order form for your books that the PTO can distribute and collect monies. Later you’ll donate a percentage of the sales to the PTO as a fundraiser. Provide information about the book and an easy chart to order copies and offer to sign them.
4. Press Kit – This is for the local paper if they wish to promote the event.
5. Books – Order your books early. It usually takes 10 days or more for an order to process.
Besides preparing your presentation with props and fascinating information you’ll also need to know:
- required to fill out a CORI form?
- parking information
- sign-in information
- classroom location
- will you have an escort while in the building?
- potty breaks?
- A/V, are you bringing your own laptop with a PowerPoint? Will the classroom be equipped with a screen and projector? Will someone assist you with setup?
- How many kids?
- How many classes?
- How long is the presentation expected to last? Q&A?
I am presenting to my first class in the beginning of October, so by the next Indie Post I’ll have a follow up on everything that happens!
How about you? Have you done a classroom visit? How did it go?