Every week, I choose one of my students to bring in a guest speaker on Friday afternoon. The speakers are usually parents, grandparents or family friends and they speak about how school studies have helped them succeed in their job. We've had a nurse come in and speak about the importance of math in measuring medicine and an engineer show how math, art and design help him do his job. We've also had a lobbyist, newspaper worker, storeowner and even a chandelier designer explain the link between school and the real world. Some guests bring in a collection or a hobby and focus on how their schooling helped them in their endeavors. We follow up with huge thank you cards for the guests.