Teaching and Play Series

Sticks, Rocks, and Sequins! – Playing with Loose Parts and Beautiful Things

Inspired by loose parts theory, play theory, and the belief that everyone needs shiny things in their lives.

We will reflect on play as a crucial vehicle for intellectual, emotional and social development for though out the life span.

This experiential professional development is hands on, mind on, and heart on! Participants’ play experience will explores intentional teaching practices, the role of the adults in the learning process of play, new approaches to teaching, and self-reflection. Gaining a more playful outlook and joy in your work with children are practically guaranteed in the professional development.

Session Time: 3 Hours

Capped at 50 participants due to materials needed.

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Learning to See: Connecting Observation Skills, Documentation, Assessment & Intentional Teaching

Learning How to See is an in-depth exploration of the process of observation and assessment. These modules explores how we can learn to see with our full selves – working to understand the cultural framework we each live in as well as applying observation skills to real life classroom life.  We will investigate our definition and purpose for observation, practice seeing the details of interactions, and contextualize learning beyond discreet academic skills.  This work will be done using The Thinking Lens™  Educators will get practice in creating observation documentation that brings the teacher’s voice to the process and can be used in concert with assessment tools currently in use.

These big ideas will be broken down and explored using small group work, reflective-practice based activities, video vignettes, short writing exercises and experiential learning components. We understand that it is important for educators to be able to take what they learn and use those observation skills to influence their teaching decisions with the children they work with each day in their programs.

Session length six hours or twelve hours (delivered in four, three-hour modules).

Capped at 50 participants due to materials needed.
Programs utilizing assessment tools must provide a copy ahead of time for my use.

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Being the Best Teacher for Every Child: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally responsive teaching recognizes the importance of including children’s cultural references in all aspects of learning and play.
This workshop brings this essential concept in teaching to the early education field, which is gaining momentum in K-12 education.

Through interactive experiences and reflective exercises you will explore your own identity development and how that impacts teaching practices. Gain understanding of healthy identity development in children. Together with other participants you will define culturally responsive teaching in an early childhood context and explore practices and resources that promote culturally responsive teaching.

Session Time: 3 Hours

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