Lesson Bomb Surprise
Amy L., California
Lesson bombs with Neil – has anyone told your students ahead of time rather than having it be a surprise? Would that be OK to do? Or perhaps telling them there will be a surprise guest and to choose a short piece or a 20-second excerpt of a longer piece to share?
Joanne D., Australia
I told my student in advance and said for her to write down any questions she had for Neil. After he chatted with her and she played a song she interviewed him like a journalist – so funny 😁
Nancy N., New Hampshire
I told my students in advance because some people don’t like surprises and I respect that.
Christine W., Kansas
I told them in advance because I figured they’d be over excited if it was a surprise and talk too much/be nervous playing for him! I wanted them to be prepared, and they thought ahead of time about one question each that they could ask him.
Rochelle G., California
I surprised my first group. I have 2 others students that I would tell first.
Brenda D., Colorado
Love the surprise factor! My first was a surprise, and my next group has accurately guessed who our guest will be in Wednesday.
Terah W., Kansas
I surprised the students but not Mom. Afterwards I asked the older boy if he knew and he said,”well, sorta” I asked,”how do you do that?” He says, “I figured it out by what it wasn’t and I knew mom wasn’t talking about dessert!”…..!!
So, there ya go, Neil. You’re not dessert!!;)
Original discussion started April 27, 2020