Hey, since we're all literary types here, let's do some math! How about taking a look at this little-known equation?
What you get out of it = What you put into it
Okay, so that's not exactly little-known. But let's give it some Author Skype Club context. You're already a great teacher or book club leader, or you wouldn't be here on this blog, searching for ways to enrich the reading experience. (Yay, you! Validation applause.) But if you actually book an author to do a virtual visit, you're going to want to make sure it was worth the effort. (Which will require just a touch more effort.)
Here's the secret to a great payoff: whip your students into a frenzy of crazed anticipation!
--Wait. I'm being told by my colleagues that a crazed frenzy may not be good for keeping classroom order. All right; I'll tone it down.
The best thing you can do to prep for a Skype (other than the nuts and bolts, which we'll talk about in another post) is to cultivate reasonable excitement about it. Research the author together. Write up some good questions to ask during the session. Work the author's books into some lessons. And definitely read at least the beginning of one of the author's books! (A great activity that requires minimal effort and builds anticipation, is to have students illustrate their favorite scene in the book.) We'll spend more time on detailed classroom activities in another blog post.
As some random, slightly famous, author (who isn't a member of Author Skype Club, having died centuries ago), once said: "The readiness is all."
So, we'll end this post with another equation:
Excitement + Readiness = Author Visit Awesomeness!
See you onscreen soon!
--Bridget Hodder, for Author Skype Club