The students in the class should be provided with short biographies for each panelist.
Having this information prior to the event will allow the students to use their short time (it is a speed event after all) most effectively. Providing name tags for everyone, water for the panelists, extra paper and writing instruments for taking notes, and encouraging the professionals to pass out business cards will add to the experience for both parties.
Planning the event requires thought and organization.
Prior to the actual event, the questions should be sent to the panelists so they can organize their thoughts.
Designed with the classroom in mind, In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence - Classroom Edition is an engaging way to talk about dating violence and healthy relationships with young people in one class period.
Participants become one of six characters based on the experiences of real teens including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia, and stalking.
This model improves and enhances student engagement and “creates learning that is active, collaborative, and fosters learning relationships” (Zepke and Leach, 2013).
In reflecting upon their feedback, I had an epiphany: speaking directly with others about their work is similar to dating.In dating you have to ask questions to get to know each other and you must have a conversation to learn about the other’s experiences.Then you can decide whether you want to pursue that person… Employing a speed dating model in the classroom in place of a panel can be an effective way for students to learn a variety of perspectives in a short amount of time.Then, create an opportunity for each student, or pair of students, to share what they learned with the rest of the class.This sharing can be done in class or in a written format, which can be compiled and distributed to the entire class.
It is important to pay attention to time during the activity.