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Subject: Public Speaker could use some advice on kids now a days
Date Posted: 9/26/2010 8:17 PM ET
Member Since: 6/3/2009
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I have been a public speaker on epiilepsy adn seizure alert dogs for years now.  I go to school's, do career day's,  hopitals, Churches, resyarunts when they need retraining on service dogs and more. There is no where I wont go to teach otehrs about epilepsy and these wonderful dogs.

My concern is that I am losing the kids. If it is not 3-D or a Video Game, Texting  Etc they just tune out. The teachers are very happy I am there and I do career day as well.  I am of course very upbeat in my delievry and try to get the kids to interacte and talk so there is pleantly of openings for questions but......

Any help will be more than apraciated.



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Subject: movement
Date Posted: 10/10/2010 1:13 PM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2007
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I teach kindergarten.  The best advice my student teaching supervisor gave me was to remember the age rule.  She told me students can be attentive for +/- 2 minutes of their age. 

Example - a 5 year-old child could be attentive to someone for 3-7 minutes at the most.  A 9-year old child 7-11 minutes at the most.  After that, they need time to move, fidget, stretdh, take a brain break, etc. 

Kid-friendly language with an expressive voice also helps too!


Hope this helps!


Subject: I love the time frame
Date Posted: 10/11/2010 6:50 PM ET
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Thank you so much for the time frame. I had not thought about that although I do account for age in my lecture and age Appropriate it  accordingly.


I will think the structure of it and see if I can add some down time so they do not feel overwhelmed.




Date Posted: 10/11/2010 9:54 PM ET
Member Since: 2/17/2009
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Kids love bells and whistles.  If you could do a Smartboard or a PowerPoint presentation, they would love that!