René Schmidt’s is a retired teacher with twenty-eight years' of experience so school visits are 'his thing'. He is  flexible and can create a visit that aligns to your curriculum, your student's needs, and your audience size.  

This is what René offered to Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School, T. D.S.B. in November for four sessions.  

Combining the theme of Science for Science Week, René offered the following as possibilities. The teachers chose #1, 2, and 4 (done twice)

   1)  MINING  Mining ghost story (a scary ghost story from working underground) followed by reading(s) from mine disaster stories such as Springhill – Disaster & Miracle Rescue along with demonstration of real mining gear, discussion on child labour laws and safety regulations.  Q. & A.  (50-65 minutes)

 2)  DISASTERS AT SEA  Reading from his ballad poem on the Great Lakes storm of 1913 (think of Edmund Fitzgerald sinking X 8 and 22 more ships wrecked) followed by reading from one of Canada’s worst sea disasters:  (Choose from Empress of Ireland (sunk in 14 minutes), RMS Titanic, Edmund Fitzgerald, USS Truxtun & Pollux wrecks in Newfoundland.)  Discussion on ship safety, authority and Law of the Sea, and Racism,  Q.& A. (60 - 80 minutes)  René spent several weeks on a lake freighter and adds this description to his presentations.  

 3)  FRANKLIN EXPEDITION  René can do a PowerPoint presentation on Franklin’s Lost Expedition and the most recent finds on HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. He updates recent discoveries about this amazing mysterious history story and can include concepts of colonialism, exploration disasters and the remarkable accuracy of Inuit oral history.  René continues to stay up-to-date on current Franklin discoveries.  (40-50 minutes) 










4)  SCIENCE IGNORED  PowerPoint preview of some of Canada’s most amazing and forgotten stories with emphasis on how Science or Technology was sometimes ignored, or proved right, or furthered, because of tragic events. Readings from Quebec Bridge Collapse, Ocean Ranger, various passenger jet crashes, Q.&A.



 5)  LEAVING FLETCHVILLE   Reading of excerpts and discussion from Leaving Fletchville, Topics of bullying, racism, fatherhood, responsibility and loyalty. Q.& A.  (60 minutes)

5a) BONUS for teachers, a possible presentation after school on Fletchville Mathematics unit,  a do-able, curriculum friendly math & cross-curriculum program for Junior / Intermediate grades. Free. (50-60 minutes)  



6) BONUS:  AUTHORSHIP and CREATIVE WRITING lunchtime SEMINAR for students or staff who are serious about pursuing a career in writing. René talks about developing good writing habits, editing your work and what Creative Writing programs can (and cannot) do for your writing. Free with a two-or-more session booking (20-30 minutes).