Welcome to our Speakers Corner!
You’ve been invited to participate in an Inside Education program…now what? We’ve created this page to give you the information you’ll need to make the most of this unique speaking experience. In addition to the information below, check out our About Us section to get a bit more context about who we are and what we do.
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How do I speak to students?
Junior and Senior High Students
- If you look out to a sea of folks on their phones, don’t worry! They might be actively engaging on the topic with others in the room through our social media hashtags, fact checking, looking up interesting books/articles/etc. you mention in your presentation, or checking Facebook. There’s no way to tell from their faces, so assume high engagement!
- You may only get engagement from a few keen students; the rest will be unwilling to take a risk in answering/asking a question, or sharing their opinion. Individual “call and response” does not always work well, but you can create opportunities for physical feedback, e.g. “point to the left if you agree, point to the right if you disagree.”
- Students are able to think critically, but still often require foundational information or clarification on concepts. You may be pleasantly surprised when a seemingly-unengaged student comes to you afterwards to tell you how great your presentation was!
How do I speak to teachers?
- Our teachers are often tasked with disseminating high-level science back to their students. For some, there will be clear connections to your content. For others, they’ll have a tougher time seeing a direct line to the general content in their classroom. If you can, try to show them how they might be able to speak at their students level about your topic. Have a few sound bites they can use to convey tough concepts.
- Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds. You may have specialized high school chemistry teachers, and you may have a collection of elementary school generalists. Try to keep your presentation a mix of high-level concepts and accessible information.
Above: A short, humourous TedTalk from Melissa Marshall on how to talk science to a non-academic audience.
Below: our tried and tested tips for speaker success!