The ABCs of Problem Based Learning
Problem Based Learning (PBL) uses the curriculum to engage students through the use of meaningful questioning to explore real-world problem solving or design challenges. Students learn to work with other students to inquire about issues raised and to collaborate for learning content, skills, and developing an answer or solution to the problem in order to create high-quality products. PBL sparks students’ increased motivation to learn because of the real need to know, understand, and demonstrate what they have learned. Teachers will leave this presentation with PBL design ideas for their classrooms, tools for project management, and strategies for assessment of student work products. This workshop can be interactive or lecture, and can vary from one to three hours, depending on your needs.
Creating Student Ownership of Their Learning
The differences between and among students can present challenges to designing instruction and academic outcomes. Personalized learning is a promising approach to teaching that strengthens students’ ownership and responsibility for their own learning as they pursue proficiency aligned to established standards. Notably, personalized learning is not independent study, is not technology dependent, nor does it remove direct instruction from the experience. Come and explore the concept of personalized learning as student-centered, student-planned, and teacher-guided. This presentation uses lecture format and, depending on your preference, can incorporate small group discussions in which participants engage in goal-setting and planning for a personalized learning lesson.
Strategies for Working with Special Needs Students
Students with special needs have a right to education and all education must be adapted to each pupil’s abilities and aptitudes. Yet meeting the educational and emotional needs of students with special needs may require modification of content or adjustments to academic requirements so as to allow the students to access the curriculum or to demonstrate their learning. This lecture will provide participants with a variety of strategies and interventions to use with students of all capabilities. The workshop can also be interactive with opportunities for participants to make collaborative decisions in small groups about appropriate interventions and teaching strategies for students with a variety of disabilities.
Research on brain development shows that early childhood experiences impact one’s physical, mental, emotional, and overall well-being for success in academics, life, and career. This lecture informs teachers of the ways in which adverse early childhood experiences can manifest in schools. By recognizing the social-emotional needs of students, teachers will learn practices that help students regulate their emotions. Key social-emotional competencies will be reviewed, along with standards-based curricula. Teachers will examine screening tools to help them understand student behaviors that interfere with teaching and learning.
Collective Efficacy and Student Achievement
There is a research-based connection between school climate and school culture, in which school culture is found to have a stronger influence in closing the achievement gap. School culture is often understood as “the way we do things here,” but it is much broader than that. Culture reflects shared ideas, assumptions, values, and beliefs that give your school its identity and standards for expected behavior. In this lecture-based workshop, teachers will examine their own beliefs about schooling and will learn how collective efficacy is a cultural foundation for professional growth and student academic success.