An exemplar is a person or thing serving as a typical example or excellent model. We all want to know what “excellence” looks like. We may have an idea, but it may not match with what the students are thinking. The use of exemplars will assist your students in understanding assessment criteria better than any checklist or feedback. This session will look at the research behind exemplars, how to provide them, and how to assist your students in creating quality work.
Challenging behavior is one of the most significant issues educators face. Though it may seem radical to use words like love, compassion, and heart when we talk about behavior and discipline, the compassionate and heartfelt words, actions, and strategies teachers employ in the classroom directly shape who students are—and who they will become. But how can teaching from the heart translate into effective supports and practices for students who exhibit challenging behavior?
In From Behaving to Belonging, Julie Causton and Kate MacLeod detail how teachers can shift from a "behavior management" mindset (that punishes students for "bad" behavior or rewards students for "good" or "compliant" behavior) to an approach that supports all students—even the most challenging ones—with kindness, creativity, acceptance, and love.
Causton and MacLeod's approach
Focuses on students' strengths, gifts, and talents.
Ignites students’ creativity and sense of self-worth.
Ensures that students’ social, emotional, and academic needs are met.
Prompts teachers to rethink challenging behavior and how they support their students.
Helps teachers identify barriers to student success in the cultural, social, and environmental landscape.
Inspires teachers to reconnect with their core values and beliefs about students and teaching.
The dreaded “story problem”. Students ignore them, teachers try to skip that part and yet we wonder why the struggle continues. In this session, we will look at ways to problem solve by understanding what is being asked, finding out what makes sense to students and multiple strategies for solving. Come, explore a part of mathematics that we all participate in daily; problem solving.
You have to be able to direct and redirect yourself before you can guide and redirect your class. When the lesson fails, behavior escalates, and your tolerance gets to the breaking point, learn some simple techniques to reframe your thinging, redirect your energy/actions, and rescue your class from unwelcomed distractions and intentional disruptions.
When are they going to learn their facts? We could be moving faster if the students only knew their basic facts. Have you had these thoughts? How would you like to address fact fluency in a manner that all students can master, and continue to grow in mathematical understanding? This session addresses the importance of fact fluency and how to achieve it with your students.
Talk is part of human development that helps us to think, learn and make sense of the world. Who is doing most of the talking in your classroom? This session will give you not only the reason why your students need to be the ones talking in the classroom, but how to encourage student dialog to increase learning and engagement.
Critics, Defenders, Coaches and Creators - Is their cognitive dissonance between what you say and do? Do your actions and behaviors align with your beliefs and commitments? Come and learn about the 'teacher voices' that can either hinder or help you personally and professionally.
An interactive workshop about actions that teachers may want to STOP doing. Some of the 'teaching tips' that we received from others or experienced when we were students may be the very things that are sabotaging teachers efforts during instruction and in building relationships with their students.
Be real, you can't do everything. Look at your current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to create a preventive care plan. Who you are, what you do, and how you do can't be separated. Personal professional progress must be relevant, realistic, and have the goal of increasing your relationships with others.