Joseph is offering both in-person and online sessions for 2022-23 and he is open to travel. He presents to grades 4 through 9.
In-person Session Fees
Half day: $250 for two 60-minute sessions
Full day: $450 for four 60-minute sessions
Maximum audience size is 30 for workshops and 100 for presentations. If available, a whiteboard and markers are appreciated.
Virtual Session Fees
45 minute sessions: $100 for a single session, 2 for $175, 3 for $250, 4 for $325
60 minute sessions: $125 for a single session, 2 for $225, 3 for $325, 4 for $425
Maximum 4 sessions on the same day, with a break after two sessions for voice recovery.
Joseph can work with the school’s preferred meeting software (MS Teams, Skype, Zoom, Google Meet), but will need a short test session with the host to make sure everything is working on both ends. Maximum 4 classroom logins per session.
FOR READINGS: I will read from Under a Living Sky for about 10-15 minutes (about 1 chapter), then read from the mysterious sequel (for now, even the title must remain a mystery!), and then take questions from students and staff. If classes have read my book and browsed my website, the conversation is definitely livelier. Children appreciate this preparation which inevitably leads to a deeply facilitated discussion of all aspects of farm life on the prairies in the Great Depression. This is a key concern if the presentation is to fit into the curriculum: Alberta Ed, Grade 5 Social, units 5.2.9, 5.3.4.
FOR WORKSHOPS: I have a number of presentations for various types of student groups. Teachers may check out my website (www.josephsimons.ca; look for the “school visits” page) and see what may be suitable for their own situations. Most often we generate ideas, write a story from one perspective, and then turn it around to view it from another. I’ve had the satisfaction of seeing not a few teachers astounded by what even their reluctant learners will produce. Even grade fours and special education classes do well at this. The all important key to the kids giving it their best shot is for the adults to create a setting that is very fun and accepting: the kid can do no wrong; no idea is too small, no topic taboo.
Full Day Rate: $450
Half Day Rate: $250
Maximum Audience Size: 100
Number of Presentations per Day: 4
Suitable audience: Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies