If you are involved in University level teacher training whether at BEd, PGCE or an alternative, what better way to show the benefits of external visitors than actually having them come to give a lecture?
Many subjects in the Primary Curriculum lend themselves bringing external experts into the classroom, especially in sports, arts and humanities. Most schools these days are used to working with outside musicians, football coaches, dance teachers etc. for both in- and out-of-hours activities, often on a regular basis. But what about using a one-off visitor to help with your history topic?
Having someone come to the school to run a history workshop/activity day, can really engage the children in a way a museum can’t. They will be allowed to handle the objects, try their hand at crafts, ask all the questions they could ever wish to ask, and have the whole day immersed in the topic rather than spending two hours getting to and from the museum, trying to see crowded, glass-defended displays and then forgetting their packed lunch on the coach.
For a more in depth look about how to choose and use a history visitor, see our full article here.
We come in, in full costume and bringing a range of our artefacts and activities, and show the students the kind of thing they can expect from a WOW or impact day using external visitors to provide a workshop.
On behalf of the University of Derby, I would just like to say a big thank you for the amazing day last Friday – all of the students really enjoyed it!
The trainee teachers really saw the benefits of having external experts in the classroom as well as being able to see the level of support a theme day gives teachers in developing lesson plans. A truly wonderful afternoon.