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I suppose we all know that history is pretty boring, right? If that’s what you think, you should hear what Ross Malone has to say about it. Ross is a Missouri historian who writes about all of those people, places, and events that should be well-known but aren’t. This teacher, radio host, newspaper columnist, and speaker has written over a dozen books and numerous magazine articles about the fascinating things all around us both past and present. Here are a few ideas for your organization’s next meeting.
There are so many things right in Missouri that are found nowhere else. There is so much of our history that is unlike any other place. Good or bad, important or downright silly, these fascinating people, places, and events make us unique. Lots of great trivia and lots to think about.
Missouri’s Forgotten Heroes
Genuine heroes have been in our state since the beginning and some are well-known. Others just aren’t. Wait until you hear about some of the accomplishments and heroism that has been all but forgotten. And what of our modern day Missouri heroes? Who are they and why don’t we know about them? Your grandchildren may someday know more about these contemporary heroes than you. (This requires a room suitable for a projector or a flat screen television adaptable to a laptop computer.)
The Missouri Traveler’s Game
In the same basic form as a trivia contest, this one is done with photographs. Individuals or groups of contestants compete to recognize the locations of places around the Show-Me State. All of the places pictured are visible from your car but can you remember where you saw them? It’s not easy but it’s definitely fun! (This presentation requires a room suitable for a projector or a flat screen television adaptable to a laptop computer.)
Creating the Book: “The World of Mary Sibley”
Take a fascinating look at how a book is published and, at the same time, get to know this real-life heroine of Missouri’s frontier days. “The World of Mary Sibley” is not yet published. It’s a nearly-complete manuscript due for publication in 2016. Learn how to become a published author yourself. Learn about editors, publishers, agents, and marketing your book. Everything you see on TV and the movies is basically wrong unless you’re already famous. But you can do this yourself and do it well. (This presentation requires a room suitable for a projector or a flat screen television adaptable to a laptop computer.)
Show Me the Strange Stuff
This presentation is especially for kids from ten-years-old and up. It is loosely based on Ross’ book Mysterious Missouri and it deals with all sorts of things that can’t be explained or are just plain strange! Some things are gross and others are creepy. Some are thought-provoking and many are just funny. There are snot otters, and hoop snakes, and of course the Ozarks Howler. There are even a few about the paranormal and possible hauntings. One thing makes it all interesting – It’s fun to be scared! That’s why we watch scary movies, tell ghost stories, and ride roller coasters. It’s also why you will probably like this presentation. Remember, it’s been toned down for kids. (This presentation requires a room suitable for a projector or a flat screen television adaptable to a laptop computer.)
Using Stories to Make the Learning Stick
(Using stories to Increase retention for teachers and home educators)
Aesop, Plato, Shakespeare, and Jesus used stories and we still remember what they said hundreds or even thousands of years later. When a lesson is taught with a story, the lesson will be remembered. This technique works especially well with Science and Social Studies. You know it’s a good idea but where can you get the stories that you need? This is a thought-provoking and very practical workshop.
Sometimes your Civic Club or Teachers’ Meeting can only devote a few minutes to a speaker’s presentation. Those on the other side of this page require about an hour but those listed below can be presented well in about half that time. Check and see if these might meet your needs.
Driving the Alaska Highway
Ross and Doris Malone are experienced travelers on the miracle road called the Alaska Highway. Learn how to drive for thousands of miles among majestic and inspiring scenery while surrounded by black, brown, and grizzly bears along with Dahl sheep, mountain goats, moose, caribou, bison, and more. On their last trip Ross and Doris drove 10,500 miles in one month and spent a total of $2,012.00 for all expenses combined. Their vehicle was a Ford Explorer. Learn how to save on meals, accommodations, and other expenses. Get ready to go or just to dream. It’s up to you but it’s fun even to just think about. (This presentation requires a room suitable for a projector or a flat screen television adaptable to a laptop computer.)
How Our Autistic Grandson Made Us Better Teachers!
We thought we were good teachers. Maybe we were but when our grandson arrived with Asperger’s Syndrome we began to look at the world a little differently. That included our classrooms. We rethought the appearance of our rooms and the way we presented the curriculum. To our great surprise, all of the students did better! Doris says, “Conor’s gift to us was that he made us better teachers.” Would you like to learn what he taught us? This is very practical information and is easily implemented if you can have an open mind about your personal way of doing things. It’s a challenge!
Missouri Cryptids, Madstones, & Ozarks Child-Rearin’
There are creatures in Missouri whose existence is up for debate. Do they exist or not? Are snot otters real? How about the Ozarks Howler or those speedy hoop snakes? And when was the last time you used a madstone? You can bet your ancestors believed in these things and some people still may. We’ll even talk about some old-timey ways to be good parents. Hold on to your hats for this one! You’re in for some surprises. (This presentation requires a room suitable for a projector or a flat screen television adaptable to a laptop computer.)
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