Workshops

How We Learn: Five Essential Practices for Successful Learning

"I don't know" and "I don't remember" are phrases that haunt every classroom teacher and learner. How do we create experiences that lead to better learning for all students so that they will "know" and "remember"? Over the past fifteen years, the science of learning has provided many insights into how we think. Furthermore, these promising principles provide a starting point for inspired and passionate teachers to build the capacity in learners to see themselves as their own teachers. This workshop shows you how! The body of research on how we learn provides well established principles and practices that enhance the learning outcomes for each of our students. Moving beyond performance on a test, this workshop links these essential principles to the everyday instructional decisions you make in your classroom. 

Practicing what we preach, you will take part in an edge-of-your-seat learning experience that translates these principles to practices across multiple content areas and grade-levels. You will leave with strategies that will make learning stronger for all of your students.

Stoplights and Sticky Notes: Creating Environments Promoting Long-Lasting Learning

Getting students engaged in their learning and keeping them engaged is a significant challenge in today's classrooms. However, once they are engaged, how do we improve the retention, retrieval, and transfer of knowledge, understandings, and skills.  Just as we use sticky notes to prompt our own memory, the student brain uses cognitive sticky notes to prompt the recall of classroom content.  In addition, some of our students encounter barriers to learning that, quite frankly, put a red light up for learning.  For the best student learning outcomes, we need to create an environment that changes that red light to a green light.  This session explores the recent research on how our brain learns and what factors are associated with better student learning outcomes.  Each participant will walk away, raring to go, with instant ideas and strategies for sticky notes and green lights!  

Getting Them to Eat Peas When All They Want is Ice Cream

This workshop helps educators develop an understanding of what works best in engaging students in learning. Blending the science of how we learn with classroom practice, participants will develop a tool kit for grabbing and maintaining student engagement at all three levels (behavioral, emotional, and cognitive) while at the same time increasing learning.  By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify the essential components of an effective and engaging learning experience.  (2) identify instructional practices in different content areas that work best for learning.  (3) develop a plan for implementing these instructional practices in their own classrooms. (4) support instructional decisions with research from the science of learning. (5) summarize the role of formative assessment and feedback in teaching and learning.   

From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers - Finding the Right Amount of Rigor for Learners

Is this going to be on the test? Why do we have to know this? Is this for a grade? Can you tell me what I need to do to get this right? These questions haunt each and every teacher that is on the receiving end of such inquiry. When inspired and passionate teachers create an environment that fosters and nurtures engagement, questions like these evaporate from our schools and classrooms while our students deep dive into learning. 

Over the past fifteen years, the science of learning has provided many insights into how we think. Furthermore, these promising principles provide a starting point for inspired and passionate teachers to build the capacity in learners to see themselves as their own teachers. This workshop shows you how! Participants will experience targeted and specific strategies for finding the right level of rigor, striking the ideal balance between surface and deep learning, and identifying the perfect level of challenge for each student. 

Practicing what we preach, participants will take part in an out-of-your-seat experience that models the promising principles from science of learning for deep thinking and understanding: simple to complex, concrete to abstract, and the idea that memory is the residue of thought.   

Tools for Teaching and Learning – Teacher Clarity

This workshop unpacks what is meant by teacher clarity. Teachers will take an in-depth look at how to make learning visible to each and every student in the classroom. This action-packed, edge of your seat workshop builds understanding of the relationship between teacher clarity and student learning in my classroom.  By practicing what we preach, audience members will take part in an "out of your seat and on your feet" experience that models the brain rules for deep thinking and understanding: simple to complex, concrete to abstract, and students only remember what they think about.

This workshop will address classroom and student engagement in a cognitively rich environment making sure that students remain engaged in relevant content, regardless of the medium.  Topics include goals, learning intentions, success criteria, opportunities to respond, and effective feedback.   

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For workshops designed specifically for your district, school, or classroom, please contact John.