Guest Speaker in the Classroom

posted Sep 5, 2011, 11:47 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Sep 5, 2011, 1:25 PM ]
For the past several years I've been able to invite a neighbor of mine, "Neighbor Doug", into our classroom via Amateur Radio. Doug has traveled to Washington, DC, the Pacific Northwest, the desert of the southwestern United States and, most recently, Alaska. Doug and his wife, Marilyn, have shared with me that a highlight of their trips has been when they've been able to communicate with our class during several mornings of their trip. They check in via radio and the Internet to tell us about the history, geography, science and other topics related to the places they've been. The students have been able to ask questions and extend their knowledge about our country. Since we study the United States in Social Studies, and the weather of various regions in Science, each year we've tried to make the connections to real places, people and events during these brief conversations in the classroom.

This year, Doug checked in from Fort Myers before his departure. Then, he called us from Kodiak Island, Alaska. I was able to speak with him from near Mt. McKinley, and again from Fairbanks. These conversations have been recorded and are shared here for you to enjoy with your child.

We hope to make another connection with Doug before he leaves Alaska, and maybe once more from Seattle before he heads back to Fort Myers.