If I were going to invite a musician or some type of performer to my class, I would do the following to make sure the students get the most out of it.
First, I would let the class know that a special guest would be coming. Then I would spend a few classes on what he or she would be doing. I would go over the historical, social, and other important contexts. In other words, I would make sure that students would be able to appreciate the performance.
Second, I would have a discussion session, where students would be able to interact, share, and ask questions.
Finally, I would have the students write questions down that they would like to ask the performer. This would make any performance more enjoyable and more intelligent.
What would you do to integrate a guest artist (storyteller, dancer, musician, etc.) into the class curriculum?
A guest artist is always a great addition to any lesson. A great place to start is utilizing the occupations, specializations, skills, hobbies, etc., of your parents students. It is a resource that is readily available, but more oftenly overlooked.
How would you make certain that this resource person is used effectively as opposed to an entertainment only experience for the students?
- Try to arrange to meet with your guest one-on-one before the actual visit and make an agenda
- Make sure to provide the guest with specific questions and information that you would like for them to share
- Have a way to hold students accountable for what they were suppose to learn (i.e. reflection journal, craft, exit ticket, pop-quiz, etc.).