So, I have this new experience coming up on Friday. I'm actually incredibly nervous about it. See, I'm supposed to give a school visit to a bunch of younger kids. Think 4th-6th graders. My cousin is a teacher in a nearby city and they asked me to come and speak. Cool, right? I mean, I think it'll be neat. But, really, it's the age range that's got me quaking: I don't deal with younger kids all that much! I am legitimately freaked out that I'll let the f-bomb fly. Or even some other word that I don't consider a swear but will be considered such there.
(I gave a guest lecture in a friend's college class the other day and totally said a few choice words, but I'm dealing with all adults--all college students--and didn't think a thing about tell them that it's possible to get ancient DNA out of sh*t. Elementary kids on the other hand....)
The other thing is, I'm not certain how to engage younger kids. I'm planning on giving a little talk about crafting a story--something that's broadly applicable, both to those who like to write and also anyone who just wants to tell a story to their friends. (We'll see how this goes, as I haven't actually managed to write the presentation...I've too many papers to grade to get that done until later this week.) But what do I do to ensure they're entertained? I am certain I can bore anyone to tears, but get them interested and engaged? How am I supposed to do that?
So, thoughts? Tips, tricks, ace-in-the-hole ideas? I guess if it comes down to it, I can always tell fart jokes ;)
And just remember not to swear!
Eep. Why did I sign up to do this again? :)