use humor to capture the attention of my audience and fill every
presentation with dozens of age appropriate writing tips,"
says the self-proclaimed "nearly famous" children's
book author, illustrator and all round nice guy. A former elementary
school teacher, Dave Ross also says it's hard to get him to shut
up -- but no one wants to. This is the kind of guy that speaks
kids' language and teaches without looking like that's what he's
doing. His online chats are via iChat and all
talks are tailored to fit the needs of the audience.
have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for him
to answer. He will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing
his latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will
then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first,
depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A
is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually
to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes
the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format
will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have.
If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images
onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat
different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of
If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know
before setting up the program and please provide a general idea
of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least
a week before the chat so he can prepare.
He'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the
chat, but be sure to send them to him in a timely manner so he
can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.
* for 1 one-hour long chat
* for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
* for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
see his bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the
page for a list of his books, information on his presentations
when he comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information
for getting his books from a variety of sources.
FEW WORDS FROM A TEACHER WHOSE CLASS iCHATTED WITH DAVE:
iChat was great! The kids loved it. After we got the video chat
going we had no glitches. The kids enjoyed hearing his funny stories
and asking him questions. They learned a lot and had a lot of
fun. I was very excited about it. Thank you so much for all your
help and scheduling it for us!
B. Turner Elementary
Fox Creek Road
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