Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Guest Speaker Protocol

McKee High School follows the principles of Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID.  This means we try to infuse Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading within every lesson using a combination of different methodologies to deepen and enrich critical thinking in every child.

One piece we try to encourage is exposing our students to guest speakers who provide motivational talks about how he/she has overcome odds and how the advice he/she wants to impart to students to help them achieve.

While it is hard to get mentors to come across the Verrazano Bridge, I am increasingly fortunate to come across speakers in principal's meetings, and attending conferences sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Staten Island Economic Development Fund.  To ensure that students are active listeners we employ SLANT.  Every educator has probably used this acronym - here is McKee High School's take on this protocol as used to guide the students when they listen to a guest speaker.

Student Protocol for Guest Speakers

When guest speakers visit your AVID class, not only does the speaker make an impression on students, your class will also make an impression on the speaker. For example, a guest speaker might say,
“ Students listened politely while I spoke.”  A guest might also say “I noticed the students were attentive, took notes and asked really good questions.”  We know that the 2nd description reflects the abilities of AVID students. Below you will find SLANT guidelines for demeanor and ideas for interacting with your guest.

v Sit with proper posture in your seat.

v Lean forward and listen

v Ask questions. Some examples are  

1. Which college, university or post-secondary setting did you attend?
2. How did you choose this educational path?
3. Who or what inspired you to follow your educational path to college/post -secondary
4. What skills did you find were a must to get through college or post- secondary training?
5. How important were communication skills, especially writing and speaking skills, in   
    getting through college or post- secondary training?
6. What skills from your educational path have transferred to and added to your current  
     professional success?
7. What advice would you give young students beginning their path to college or career

v Nod your head “ yes” when you hear a strong point made by the speaker.

v Take Cornell Notes.

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