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Quality Teaching Workshop
Effective Teacher's Toolbox
Many components add to the success of a great teacher. From classroom management to strategic planning of instruction, this class covers all the components necessary to experience the joys of successful teaching. Teachers will learn practical methods on how to map out, plan, and align instruction to all content standards, minimize classroom disruptions by utilizing learning centers designed to reinforce content, differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students, and earn the love and respect from their students. Students attitudes and perceptions about the teacher and school are the number one influence on student achievement. (Audience: K-5 classroom teachers.)
Classroom Instruction That Works
"Insanity: The belief that one can get different results by doing the same thing." (Albert Einstein) Since the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools and districts are searching for the proven methods that will increase student achievement. Researchers analyzed over 22,000 studies that dealt with the effects of various factors on student achievement. Marzano's book, Classroom Instruction That Works, addresses 9 research based instructional strategies that are most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas, grades K-12. This workshop will give an overview of those nine instructional strategies with explicit examples on how to incorporate them in the classroom. (Audience: K-12 classroom teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessional educators.)
Brain-Based Learning
Do the majority of educators know about the brain and how children actually learn? This workshop will discuss the latest, practical, easy-to-understand research on learning and the brain. This workshop will speak specifically to the reality of just how long you can expect to hold students' attention, music in the classroom, and understanding whether or not children are remembering what we teach them. Are we asking students to recall information in the wrong way? Participants will learn the amazing benefits physical movement can have on student achievement when physical movement is incorporated into the learning process. Teachers will walk away with tips and techniques to apply in their classrooms. (Audience: K-12 classroom teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessional educators.)
Knowledge is Power
How many times do you remember not knowing why you did poorly on an assignment? How about not knowing where you stood in the academic ranks of your own classroom? And what about not truly understanding what the expectations were to attain an 'A'? Too many times students are aiming for an invisible target. This workshop walks through the specific strategies students need to monitor and drive their own learning. This workshop will provide many examples of rubric use, student data folders, and goal setting. Rubrics, student data folders, and goal setting help students develop an intrinsic desire to push themselves academically. (Audience: K-5 classroom teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessional teachers.)
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