- ‘Towards Inclusion’ – Disability Awareness Games
This is a 3-hour card games session for middle-schoolers, families, and adults. This game kit has six games based on popular children’s card games like Uno and Bingo. It has been developed to sensitize mainstream students regarding issues surrounding disability. Students and teachers will learn vocabulary of disability, movies and books featuring characters with disabilities, misconceptions about people with disabilities, and much more! There is no teaching involved; players learn just by playing the games. The game kit can be reused several times, and is available for sale.
- Learning Disabilities – Processing Disorders Simulation Lab
To restore a sense of calm and positively balance their chaotic and hectic lives, students will benefit from this mindfulness session. This workshop helps them reduce stress and anxiety, strengthen attention and focus, better resolve their inner conflicts, develop compassion towards themselves and others, and create a sense of physical, social and emotional well-being in their lives.
- Collaborative Learning
Our classrooms are still very teacher-centered, and students are usually placed facing the teacher, and competitive learning rules the day. In this workshop we will explore other learning paradigms. How can the classroom become more student-centered? How can students learn collaboratively in groups? In the real world, one is required to work in teams and communicate their ideas successfully. We help teachers create different learning paradigms to prepare children for today’s work spaces.
- The Thinking Classroom
How much do students participate in their learning? Are they able to articulate questions about their learning? Are they able to jump-start their learning with their own curiosity? This workshop helps teachers frame open-ended questions that fuels critical thinking in children. An inquiry-based approach to learning develops deep thinking in students where students define their own questions, and then investigate the solutions as well.
- Formative Assessments
It is critically important for teachers to receive timely feedback about students’ learning so that they can tailor their lesson plans optimally. As opposed to summative assessments which are judgmental and punitive in nature, formative assessments help students to learn and grow. This workshop guides teachers’ teaching, and in designing an array of formative assessment modes and methods.
- Active Learning
In many classrooms, children are still viewed as passive recipients of knowledge or as empty buckets to be filled with information by teachers. Learning has an impact or sticks on only when a child is involved in his/her learning, and teachers need to engage students by employing active learning strategies. In this workshop, teachers will experience both passive and active learning strategies to understand how to create lesson plans with various modalities to ensure all children are engaged.
- Multiple Intelligence and Bloom’s Taxonomy
People are unique and each have their own strengths and style of learning. One size does not fit all. Each of us have a different learning styles and modalities. Multiple Intelligence theory by Howard Gardener says there are eight kinds of intelligence. Through this workshop, teachers will know how to target the various interest and learning style of students to plan engaging and effective lessons.
Many teachers are familiar with Bloom’s taxonomy, but in this workshop teachers will understand how Bloom’s taxonomy applies for students with academic struggles. Participants will design learning activities for each tier across subjects.
- Learning that Endures
- While most of the primary school learning – literacy, numeracy – remains with us long after we leave school, secondary school learning is usually forgotten after the last exam in school. Of course, college bound students and professionals make an effort to learn the curriculum of secondary school, but most people forget most information learned after primary school. So what is the useful part of secondary school learning that students take with them into the real world? What are teachers teaching students during the upper grades that will be useful beyond the limited purpose of securing a college placement? What can teachers teach at school beyond the syllabus that will endure during a student’s lifetime?
- SEMINAR – Assessment, Grading and Learning – The Tenuous Link
- This is a half day round table discussion on seminal foundational questions in the areas of testing, data collection, analysis and use. This will be particularly pertinent for school administrators, policy makers and classroom teachers. Questions such as the purpose of testing, assessment and grading practices will be discussed in order to arrive at an understanding of how, why and what we are testing.