Tips fo Having an Effective Classroom Speaker

  • Bring lots of props. Children, even older ones, learn best from real objects, photos, models, and stories -- even story boards or puppets work. Real objects, artifacts, souvenirs, and personal anecdotes help children learn. Mock-ups, experiments, and demonstrations make big hits too.
  • Talk in a simple, clear manner. Ask kids for feedback frequently during the presentation, such as, “Have you ever been to. . .?” or “Who has ever seen. . .?” Provide descriptions and examples. 
  • Involve the students in learning. Tell them a story or use toys, crafts, games, drama, or other activities to help the students learn. Kids enjoy “play-like” activities and learn well from them.  
  • Entertain them with surprises, variety, and tricks to keep their attention.  
  • Remember that children see the world from a different perspective than adults. Understand if they ask personal questions or questions that seem a little off the subject.  
  • Appreciate the students’ excitement and spontaneity. Kids who are involved in learning are enthusiastic and make spontaneous comments. Sometimes they even lack decorum, so don’t be offended!