MY APPROACH TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
I strive to create the same culture in my professional development workshops that I do in my classroom.
It’s a culture…
- where teachers are seen and heard
- that embraces trying something new, making a mistake, and having those ‘aha’ moments.
- that incorporates collaboration and learning from one another.
- and most importantly, that does not just have the presenter talking over PowerPoint slides the entire time!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
*All workshops are currently being conducted virtually.*
CLASSROOM JOBS TO CREATE POSITIVE CLASSROOM CULTURE
Learn about a variety of classroom jobs for both in-person and remote classrooms.
In this workshop you’ll begin to create a job list of your own, considering what kind of jobs will free more time up for you as the teacher and what kind of jobs will help build positive classroom culture,
You’ll also create a job application form for your students to fill out and begin creating checklists for your students to follow to ensure they complete their job correctly each time.
Classroom management is one of the biggest challenges for teachers of all grade levels. In this workshop, we discuss:
- classroom management techniques and strategies that center around building a positive classroom culture
- how to set up a classroom where students know what’s expected of them
- how to respond to students when they aren’t meeting those expectations
- how to work to build positive relationships the moment students enter your room
- how to address disrespectful behavior
- small changes you can make to create more buy-in with your lessons
- and much more.
As classroom management issues can be complex, there will be time devoted to Q&A to brainstorm solutions that teachers are facing now.
CUT YOUR GRADING TIME IN HALF
Grading typically takes a lot of time because we want to give students meaningful feedback and we want to make sure we give them the ‘right’ grade based on their knowledge.
There ARE ways to accomplish both of those goals in less time.
In this workshop, we’ll go over 10 ways to cut your grading time in half. You’ll also hear the different grading hacks that your fellow teachers have using one of my favorite assessment tools, Flipgrid
CREATING A CLASSROOM ECONOMY FOR THE FIRST TIME
Incorporating financial literacy isn’t just for math and personal finance teachers!
Financial literacy in your class not only teaches kids money management skills, but it also serves as a classroom management tool for you. The idea of creating a classroom economy can feel like a lot for the teacher doing it for the first time. Start small with the bare essentials; earning, saving, and spending money!
In this workshop, you’ll begin to assign salaries to your classroom jobs and brainstorm tasks and behaviors that can earn them bonus money or cost them a classroom fine.
And what good is money if you don’t have anything to spend it on! You’ll decide on class bills, learn about possible classroom store items, and how to conduct a class auction.
This workshop includes full access to my on-demand online course for educators called ‘How to Teach Kids About Money’ for all the teachers in attendance.
DISTANCE LEARNING TECH 101
Zoom, webcams, microphones, writing tablets, online polls, chat boxes, waiting rooms, breakout rooms…
There’s a lot that goes into distance learning before you can even get to the learning part.
This workshop is designed to help educators get comfortable with the tools of the trade when it comes to distance learning. Participants will learn how to set up and utilize various distance learning tools to design an engaging experience for their students, whether they are learning synchronously or asynchronously.
CREATING ENGAGING VIDEO LESSONS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING
This workshop is designed for teachers without any prior video creating experience
You need to create video lessons for your students but you you don’t have time to learn how to use fancy cameras or complicated editing software.
In this workshop, you’ll learn what to consider when planning your videos, creating your videos, and assigning and assessing your video lessons. From video length to engagement strategies to simple video editing tools, we’ll walk through the video creation process from beginning to end.
This workshop includes full access to my on-demand online course for educators called ‘Create Successful Videos for Distance Learning’ for all the teachers in attendance.
HOW TO USE VIDEO AS AN ASSESSMENT TOOL
Video is a powerful medium for students to show what they know. It’s a much more reliable way to assess students during the time of Covid when giving traditional paper-pencil test is difficult. Additionally, you can help your students begin to learn how to be digital content creators in the process.
In this workshop, you’ll learn best practices when it comes to assessing students via video and a couple simple tools. YOU will then be assessed using a couple of these video tools, including Flipgrid and Loom.
You’ll also learn how to use a tool called EdPuzzle to be able to ask formative assessment questions to students in the middle of video lessons they’re watching and use that formative data to inform your next lesson.