For teachersAfter the partner has introduced themselves, set the context for the partner by reintroducing the project, sharing the students' current progress, and reminding the students (and the partner!) what students are learning as part of this project. Then, turn it back over to the partner.
For teachersChances are, students may not have a clear idea of how to get from A to Z on a real world project. Or, they're facing a hurdle with wrapping their heads around a specific task within the project. These types of problems are the perfect place to get an expert's advice. Prior to the partner's visit, prepare your students by having them compile "how to" or "how do I" questions regarding how to approach the project.
For teachersWe recommend teachers dedicate the remaining time to Q&A and in-class project work. You may, however, coordinate with the partner another way to spend your time.
How did you make your movie?There are several good ways. How are you thinking of making yours? For example, what are some of the scene you are thinking of?Oh, uh...It's your movie. You know it better than me, so your ideas are going to have some insight we can work with.Well, one scene I was thinking of would be kids sitting along the sidewalk, because...Great idea. It reminds me of a scene I did for my movie. I was trying to...
How much do you make?Always an important question! I'm not rich and I have to hustle to make what I make, but I make enough to live the life I want to live. The most important things for me are....May I ask what made you curious about how much I made? And what is important to you? Maybe I can help recommend some ways in my field that you can live the life you want to live.
How come the Senator doesn't care about housing prices?I can see how it sometimes feels that way. In fact, I've seen... and that could feel like the Senator doesn't care. From my personal experience, I've also seen her... so I, personally, believe the Senator does care.May I ask why you asked the question? I think the Senator wouldn't want you ever needing to ask that question. I know I do. So if you have an experience or idea that could make that a reality I'd personally love to hear it.