Tips for preparing a school visit:
- First of all, it is important to arrange a contact with any school representative or teacher who teaches a subject close to your field of study.
- Then you can negotiate the exact topic of or setting for your workshop/presentation.
- The arrangements may be in cooperation with the Youth Academy of the University of Tartu (please see, https://www.teaduskool.ut.ee/et).
- Explore beforehand the national curricula for basic/upper secondary schools. See the website of the Ministry of Education and Research: https://www.hm.ee/en/national-curricula-2014 This background information helps you to structure and contextualise your presentation better, and address your audience more directly providing – from their point of view – relevant and understandable information.
- Use some participatory methods that enable your audience to become active participants (any hands-on activity that will involve them).
- If possible, ask feedback to your audience or co-PhD student who can serve as an observer during your visit/presentation.
- Write self-reflexive “fieldnotes” detailing insights gained from the class presentation and the school experience (what went well and what could have been done differently) in order to improve your performance.