I BOOK ORDERING
POSITIVE TEACHING METHODS:
Adult/Educator Workshops, 1-2 hours. Audience: any size. Ben's travels
have taken him from elite private schools and large inner city schools
to Athabascan villages in the Yukon. These experiences have brought
him to ask how we can create positive children in a negative world.
He examines 3 questions educators need to ask: What are we teaching?
Why are we teaching? How are we teaching? During this motivational
and thought provoking presentation, Ben examines the greatest challenge
that educator's face: How to help children become the authors of
their own lives.
WITH AT-RISK STUDENTS: Adult/Educators
Workshops, 1-2 hours. Audience: any size. Ben discusses his difficulties
as a child learning to read and write English as a second language.
Growing up in South American boarding schools gave Ben first hand
experience with educational systems where rote knowledge and absolute
discipline were revered. Thirty years of escaping the attitudes
and limitations instilled during this rigid period gave Ben a new
perspective on education. His insights will help teachers and librarians
to better understand the needs of their At-Risk students.
Educators Workshops or Grades 9-12, 1 hour. Audience: any size.
From an author's viewpoint, Ben discusses his experiences and insights
into the censorship issue. How does it effect the writer, the educator,
and most importantly, the child's education?
- FINDING THE HEART OF A STORY: Keynote speech for Conferences,
Luncheons, Dinners, etc. 60-75 minutes. Audience: any size. Ben
discusses the challenges faced in creating books. A slide presentation
allows a view into Ben's research as he tries to uncover the "heart
of a story." These experiences include raising a 750-pound
black bear, living with the homeless, working with dolphins, attending
Space camp, going undercover with Drug Enforcement Agents and living
with the Maasai in Africa. The diversity of Ben's writing and research
is what has made his books so appealing to students. This is a presentation
that is both informative and entertaining.
WORKSHOP: Adults or Grades 3-6 or 6-12, 1 hour. Audience: limited
to 50. Good writing requires good storytelling. In a humorous, hands-on
way, Ben teaches methods and techniques to help a story come alive.
His goal is to help students come away with a better understanding
of how to create a stronger story. This talk is aimed at the student
who already loves to write and tell stories.
TO TELL YOUR OWN STORY: Grades K-2, 50 minutes. Audience: limited
to 100 students. Through play acting and slides, Ben shares his
adventures of raising his bear named Buffy and teaches the children
how to tell their own stories.
THE AUTHOR OF YOUR OWN LIFE: Grades 3-6 or 6-8, 60-75 minutes. Audience:
limited to 250 students. By recounting his own struggles to become
a writer, Ben Mikaelsen empowers students to realize their own potential.
Ben's goal is to motivate students to try reading and writing on
their own. He finishes this talk with a slide show offering a humorous
look into a day in the life of an author. After seeing this
program, superintendents in many school districts have hired Ben
to present this program to every child in their district because
of the effect it has on the student’s lives.
REALLY THE TEACHER? Community presentations or keynote speech for
Conferences, Luncheons, Dinners, etc. 90 minutes. Audience: any
size. Turning kids on to reading and writing means finding what's
relevant to their lives. During this program, Ben shares some of
the poignant and often humorous lessons he has learned while visiting
schools and corresponding with students. *The students have taught
me more than I've ever taught them,* he says. *Students are the
ones who have created the precious moments that have given me the
insights that allow me to pen my novels.*
Ben also has other talks that can be tailored to the specific needs
of a conference.
FOR SCHOOLS AND CONFERENCES:
Academic year, 2011-2012: $2000.00 per day (U.S. Currency) plus
travel and hotel expenses and meals as listed below. ***
Travel expenses: The school is responsible for airfare, rental car
(if needed), and if personal vehicle is used, mileage is calculated
at 55.5 cents per mile.
Hotel: Clean, quiet, non-smoking room, preferably with an iron.
Meals: $40.00 per day.
**** For schools: honorarium is per day and can include up to three,
one-hour presentations plus autographing. The presentations can
be in different schools provided sufficient time is allotted for
set-up, takedown, lunch and travel between schools. An evening presentation
is considered as one of the three allowed per day. Payment of fees
is expected on day of appearance - an additional $200.00 fee is
agreed to if not paid on day of appearance without prior arrangements.
Academic year, 2011-2012: $2000.00 plus all expenses as noted above.
The honorarium may be negotiable and will not be figured by the
day. It will be based on the negotiated needs of the whole conference.
WHO TO CONTACT TO BOOK BEN MIKAELSEN:
SCHOOL VISITS ONLY: Please contact Ben's wife, Connie, at telephone
406-587-3068, to book a school visit.
CONFERENCES AND ANY SUBSEQUENT TIE-IN SCHOOL VISITS: Please contact
BalkinBuddies at telephone 718-857-7605 or email her through the
Balkin Buddies website to book a conference.
Balkin Buddies only handles school visits for Ben Mikaelsen if they
tie in with a conference.
information, especially about the expenses (travel, hotel, and meals),
click the "Arrange An Appearance" button and see "General
Information on the Cost of an Author Appearance" as well as
the 'Honorariums' section near the bottom of "How to Plan an