Wednesday, March 4, 2009

School Visit Hysteria

I can't concentrate on blogging because I am a basket case over my school visit tomorrow. I don't know what I am more nervous about? The 90 mile drive each way. (Since my accident in Nov. I have avoided "merging" like the plague.) Or the fact that I have to present to three classes at a time. I am used to no more than 20 or so kids, and now I will have kindergarten and first grade groups of 50-60. How will they all see my picture book? How I will I engage them all? How will I make it through seven presentations in a row? UGHHHH! And it is my daughter's birthday. Why did I ever agree to do this.

Hopefully, I'll be back tomorrow night blogging about cute the kids were and how well it went!

15 comments:

beth said...

If they get distracted, try whistling loudly. In my experience, that refocuses both a bad dog and most tenth graders...surely it'd work on the little 'uns, too. :)

Kelly H-Y said...

I have a feeling you'll do awesome!! Good luck and drive safe! Ohhhh to be able to whistle as Beth indicated ... my hubby can do that, and can always get the attention of the kids! I, however, am loud-whistling-impaired. It is definitely a gift! :-)

Corey Schwartz said...

I am whistling impaired too!

lightverse said...

Oh Corey - I know you'll be wonderful! Just be yourself and have fun! As for the driving, well, just be careful. But as for the kids - they'll love you!

One thing I usually do for a school visit is bring a little something for the kids, Like a whole bunch of funky monkey erasers or neon pencil grips or something like that. They're fairly cheap (at Staples, etc.) and it gets the kids in your pocket from the get-go!

Best of luck and enjoy the moment!

(And also, I am whistle impaired, too.)

myrna rosen said...

Oh, I'll have to look into that for next time. I am seeing almost 300 kids though, so it could add up!

Rebecca said...

Corey, I will be on the edge of my seat until you blog about your experience tomorrow night. Please don't keep us waiting!

Oh, and good luck.

:-)

Paul Äertker said...

They will love you. You are a writer and they think that's the greatest thing.

PurpleClover said...

You will do amazing! Please do tell!

The Book Chook said...

Corey, I think Hop! Plop! will win the day!

Shelli said...

i am sure you will get at least 3 new book ideas :) good luck

taralazar said...

Good luck! You're a celebrity to those kids! Enjoy the day! Hope you sell lots of books!

Solvang Sherrie said...

How did it go? Well, I hope...

Beth Coulton said...

How did it go?? We just had an author in on Wednesday, and one last Friday to our school, and they had their picture books on power point- ta da- everyone could see them! Is this an option for you? This in turn kept their hands free, and one author even did most of her talk through her power point presentation - meaning, she had put herself in it, scripted it out , and made a small "movie" out of it. After the power point, she put on her microphone and addressed the kids and had a lot of fun with them, but again, hands free. See what you think!

Corey Schwartz said...

Thanks for all your support! Beth, I did consider a powerpoint, but I ended up doing slides for only photos of me as a kid and other info. Not for the book itself. I know other authors do it, but I love reading from an actual "book")

Ladybird World Mother said...

They'll love you. Now tell us all about it...