FAQ Category: School Visit Questions

Answers to questions about in-person and online school author visits by Kenn Nesbitt

May I use your poems in my classroom?

Sharing my poems with your students is one of the best ways to get them excited about my upcoming visit. You are welcome to use the poems from my books and website in your classroom activities. You may photocopy them, enlarge them, illustrate them, or do just about anything you like with them to help prepare for my visit.

What size of group do you prefer?

In online assemblies, I can work with groups of any size. The only constraints are your available space and equipment. I can also work with multiple classrooms simultaneously if you prefer to keep students in their classes rather than gathering them in the library or gym.

When working with elementary students, I prefer to present to primary students separately from intermediate students so that my program can be tailored to the age of the children.

What ages do you speak to?

I speak to groups of any age, from preschool through adult. Most of my presentations are in elementary schools, but I regularly visit middle, high schools and even colleges as well.

Can you do an all-school assembly?

Yes, however I don’t usually recommend it unless your school has only primary or only intermediate grade levels.

I find it’s best to provide separate assemblies for primary and intermediate students. The writing lesson I do with primary grades is simpler than what I do with older kids. In a K-5 or K-6 school, I can do an all-school assembly, but I have to leave out the writing portion of the program and focus more on the performance and the Q&A.