Are you a beginning teacher or, perhaps even an experienced teacher, who is looking for some creative ideas for your classroom? In this three-part “The Art of Teaching Creatively” series, you will be introduced to creative topics designed to enrich your classroom repertoire and increase student learning.
In this webinar series you will:
- Be introduced to 3 sets of understandings that are not usually included in curriculum guidelines or learning materials
- Be provided with techniques that you can use to lighten your marking load
- Give students and parents a clear set of the rules, based on the principle of full disclosure, regarding evaluation practices
- Help address a receptive language skill (listening) that will increase student performance in other subjects and in the world beyond
Don’t go through another school year without considering some of these ideas and the ideas generated by participants in our interactive format.
Each session will be 60-minutes, followed by a 30-minute Q&A period. Participants will receive eBooks that complement the webinars with forms that will save planning time, and certificates for their professional development portfolios. Recordings will be available if participants miss the live webinars.
SESSION 1 – Contract Learning
Thursday, January 13, 2022 – 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. EST
Contract learning puts control of students’ efforts and grades into their own hands by establishing a contract that outlines what students must do to get an A, B, C, or D. This webinar will teach you how to use contract learning – at any level or grade. You will:
- Learn the importance of allowing students a significant measure of control over their learning and performance in a unit of study
- Learn how motivate reluctant learners by enhancing their chances for success and by providing the opportunity for students to show their creativity
- Understand that teaching students to meet goals is sometimes more important than content and quality of the assignment itself
SESSION 2 – Student Evaluation Practices & Policies
Thursday, January 20, 2022 – 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. EST
Evaluation of student achievement is as important as the act of instruction. Unfortunately, evaluation is often given short shrift in training programs and in school- and class-based planning. You will:
- Understand the importance of establishing a student evaluation policy for your classroom (students and their parents)
- Recognize the need to vary evaluation practices to reflect differences in learning style and language skills
- Appreciate the necessity and advisability of using your own marking of students’ assignments as a way of helping students learn from their past performance
SESSION 3 – Teaching Listening Skills
Thursday, January 27, 2022 – 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. EST
In the modern world, speaking and listening are among the most common methods of communication. Unfortunately, most classroom teachers believe that they are teaching listening skills incidentally through regular classroom practices. This webinar stresses the inclusion of teaching listening skills in a full unit or as part of regular instruction. You will:
- Learn to recognize the subskills of listening
- Connect those subskills to similar subskills in the teaching of reading (both above are considered receptive language skills)
- Be introduced to a series of activities designed to teach learning skills as an integrated part of the lesson or as part of a unit on listening skills as a whole
Registration will begin in the fall. 3-part series is $149 plus GST/ HST.