Guest speakers have become an important part of the educational experience for students. They expose students to real-world life experiences from the position of someone who has been there. Students get to see the insight and perspective of the guest speaker’s particular field.
One important benefit that is derived from having a guest speaker is the enhancement of the students’ educational experience. They essentially get a glimpse into the everyday life of the speaker, which they can’t get anywhere else. Another added benefit is the link that students get to make between what they learn in their classroom and what they learn from the guest speaker. Research indicates that it helps students build important connections between what they are learning and the real world.
Being the current unit of inquiry “Community helpers” the Geckos are inquiring about different community helpers around them, in their neighbourhood and in the school. They also got to know the difference between occupation and voluntary services. To enhance their learning about NGO (Non-Government Organization) a guest speaker Ms. Sujata who is associated with an NGO that is working towards the betterment of the underprivileged children; was invited to the school .She not only spoke about her work but also shared her knowledge about voluntary services, that it is a group that is not part of the government, but that does some of the things that governments do. Like – help with health care, education, human rights and the providing clean drinking water.they play a role in making the world a better place to live.
The Geckos enjoyed the session a lot and showed a lot of enthusiasm towards the learning shared by the guest speaker. The learners also expressed their views about different community helpers and shared which community helper would they like to be when they would grow up.
Facilitator: Ms. Sujata (NGO Officer)