School visits are simply one of the most personally-exhilarating things I do. From school-wide assemblies to classroom visits, I strive to connect with as many children as possible. Here are some options, tips and suggestions on how to get the most from your Mr. Mike visit.
Schools have found it beneficial to have the teachers pre-read some of my stories to the kids so they’re better prepared to ask questions during my visit. Teachers may peruse the material and contact me prior to my visit requesting that I cover a particular topic of interest. Click here for a handy form you can use to contact me.
If possible, play some of my Dinorific Videos that I’ve created and uploaded to my YouTube page.
If time allows, have the children decorate the appearance area with their own dinosaur art. From dino murals and photo collages to clay models and a “create your own ‘saurus’ project,” it’s a fantastic way to build anticipation leading up to my appearance.
If possible, I like to have an open row through the middle of the audience so I can walk from the front to the back, giving every child an equal opportunity to see all of my dino props. In auditoriums, I’ll use both rows to move about. I prefer to use a wireless headset microphone in order to keep my hands free. I will provide my own if none is available.
For most presentations, I require a screen, projector and laptop (with PowerPoint loaded on to it). My programs typically have some music or sound effects associated with them, so amplified audio is a necessity. I can provide every element mentioned here, if none are available.
Here are some special requirements for particular programs.
Mr. Mike’s Dinorific Scientific Name Game Show – Please have three or four chairs in the front of the audience – ready for the contestants. Remember, students AND/OR teachers can participate! If a podium is available, I will use that as my home base. I will also ask for a volunteer (student or member of the faculty) to keep score and act as my “co-host” so be sure to leave some space for the score board.
Mr. Mike and the Rock Matrix – We’ll need an area large enough to accommodate three musicians (guitar, drums and bass guitar). We will provide the sound system – lighting needs can be discussed. Standard electric supply is sufficient and we bring along extension cords.
Dinorific Art Project – Please provide tables and paper plates (and a pencil for each child so they can write their name on the plate) and some space to allow the clay to dry (at least overnight).
Now if the students REALLY enjoyed themselves and the school staff appreciated the educational value, I would sincerely appreciate a letter of reference. Helps me to keep doin’ what I’m doin’… Here are some recent examples.
If you have some thoughts on who else might enjoy a Mr. Mike visit, send a referral my way!