I always volunteered to help in my child’s classroom. But when I did I was always “the Dad with one hand”, which I enjoyed. One day, however, I seemed to be doing more harm than good. All of the children were watching me instead of listening to the teacher. I asked the teacher if I could have five minutes let the kids ask me questions. She was very gracious and allowed it. It went very well, so well in fact that since that time I have been asked to come back and address other classes and schools.
I still use the same concept in my speaking that I came up with on the fly that day:
- I ask the class if they notice anything different about me. I love kids because they are not shy, and hearing “you only have one hand” all at once is pretty entertaining.
- I ask what they think I can’t do because I have one hand. They say things like tying my shoes, doing push-ups, bouncing a basketball. If I can do what they say I show them exactly how I do it.
- I ask how they thought I was treated when I was their age by other children. Generally, they say that they think I was made fun of. I tell them that people tried, but that you can’t fun of something about a person that the person likes about themselves.
It’s very interactive and generally takes between 30 to 40 minutes. Interested? Please contact me.