While most of the class spent some time working on correcting their errors from the quiz, a few students had a chance to do something pretty special. Using my network of friends, I was able to pair up a couple of groups with mentors that could share what they know.
It's funny to see how people react when they come in from the "business world" and interact with adolescents. We take for granted the ease of which we are able to create relationships with our students and how well we can relate to them. Partly because we've been stuck in that age group long enough to "get them", but I believe it's in a teacher's blood to have the pulse of the students.
The next group truly had a treat. A friend of mine is an actress, singer, and dancer. The group was interested in what it takes to be in the entertainment industry and I had the perfect person that they could interact with. Paloma Michelle is a hard-at-work musician/actress who is about to make it big on the big stage.
Hopefully this fires up the students as they continue to work on their 20% project. Having that connection with these professionals is something that will provide a continued mentor relationship as they work through the rest of their project and beyond. Both of my friends said that they would be more than happy to talk with the students again, telling me that it wasn't just the students' perspective that things went well.
Note to self: do this more often.
Happy Fishing - I'm fired up