KidTeacher serves as a free resource for educators to find and invite people of various professional backgrounds to come to their classrooms and supplement their lessons with real-life, hands-on type learning experiences.
Anna, a 5th grade teacher, is preparing her lesson plans for the following month. Her science class will be discussing weather patterns, and she believes it would be so inspiring for her students if a meteorologist would visit her class to talk about his profession.
So, Anna logs into KidTeacher.org, creates her own private profile, and searches for meteorologists in the area who have registered as volunteers. Glenn, a meteorologist at a local news station, had recently registered as a KidTeacher volunteer because he believed it was the perfect way to give back to his community. Anna finds Glenn’s profile and emails him through KidTeacher's secure messaging system. They discuss Glenn's presentation and confirm plans for his visit.
Anna's students are fascinated by Glenn's presentation and enjoy the change of pace in their daily routine. Later, the students score significantly higher on the weather patterns section of their science test and Glenn, seeing the impact his presentation had on the students, looks forward to visiting another classroom.
I’ve seen many different teaching styles during my 40 years in education but one thing remains the same – kids learn best when interested in the subject being taught. Having a real person come into a classroom to talk about their profession captures children’s imaginations. I wish KidTeacher had been created a long time ago! I would have used it regularly.
Thanks KidTeacher! You make teaching easier for me and more fun for my kids.
My students love it when I have guest speakers come talk about their careers, especially if they bring visuals – their favorite was a veterinarian who brought in several different animals. I never would have found her if it wasn’t for KidTeacher.
KidTeacher opens doors for me as an educator. No more struggling to find a person from a particular profession to come speak to my class. It makes lesson planning much easier and makes lessons much more interesting for my students.