C-202, Aagam Viviana, Vesu Surat

EDUCO TRAIN

The Science of Learning

Overview:

Learning is a complex process. Effective teaching may not always necessarily lead to effective human learning. What factors promote or impede student learning? What is the nature of the learner? Considering behavioral, motivational, cognitive, and social factors, the science of learning provides insights into effective instruction, classroom environments that promote learning, and the appropriate use of assessment, including data, tests, and measurement, as well as research methods that inform practice. This hands-on session will enable educators to apply the principles of the science of learning to cases in education and to real-life examples and thus address educators’ pedagogical practices.

Topics explored:

  • Principles of Teaching-learning
  • Cognition
  • Motivation
  • Social Contexts
  • Classroom Management
  • Assessment
  • Behavioral Expectations
  • Growth Mindset for Educators
  • Conceptual Understanding
  • Memory
  • Activating Prior Knowledge

Who should enroll for this workshop:

School Leaders, Coordinators, Curriculum Developers, & Educators of all grade levels and subjects

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Effective Lesson Planning for Active Learning creative ways to design summative tests and examinations that are reliable and give an accurate picture of the learner’s progress

Differentiated Instruction: How& Why

Overview:

Effective educators know that they cannot use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to teaching and assessing students. Differentiated Instruction makes allowances for all individuals in the classroom to learn. It allows educators to consider the readiness, interests, and learning profiles of each of their individual learners.

What methods can educators use to find out and analyze the needs of their students based on the readiness, interests, and learning profiles? How can educators use this information to teach and assess ALL learners in their classes? This workshop provides possible solutions to these questions in an interactive hands-on session.

Topics explored:

  • Learner Needs Analyses (LNA)
  • Readiness
  • Interests
  • Learning Profile

Who should enroll for this workshop:

School Leaders, Coordinators, Curriculum Developers, & Educators of all grade levels and subjects

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Differentiated Instruction: How and Why (Part 2)

Engaging Language Classrooms

Overview:

Learning a language requires building one’s skills to communicate well. Efficient language users not only use accurate language, they also learn what is appropriate in a certain context. It involves having the knowledge of the right words, their pronunciation, and the ability to string them grammatically; along with adeptly employing listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Mastering these complex processes is best done when educators can teach learners to love learning language and determine strategies to learn.

Topics explored (participants can choose any two for each session):

  • Teaching Meaning, Form and Usage in Grammar
  • Teaching to Listen to meaning
  • How to use Phonetics in my class?
  • All can write creatively
  • Learning Lexis
  • Getting readers to comprehend texts
  • Activities to learn speaking
  • Appreciating poetry
  • Reading literature like a pro!
  • Non-traditional dictation activities to strengthen language learning
  • Using activities in the language classroom
  • How to get my students to write!

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Engaging language classrooms is for educators, school leaders and administrators who want to improve the passion in their students to use language efficiently to communicate.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Creativity in the Language Classroom

Making Thinking Visible

Overview:

How does educators know what their learners are thinking? If only they could find ways to determine that, they would be able to address misconceptions and make learning more effective. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students’ thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other hand, to deepen content learning. By dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them as they arise.

Topics explored:

  • Making Thinking Visible
  • Thinking Routines

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Visible Thinking is for educators, school leaders and administrators who want to encourage the development of a culture of thinking in their classrooms and schools.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Learning further Visible Thinking Routines

Assessment Practices for Constructing Learning

Overview:

Assessment is such an integral part of our teaching process that often educators lose sight of why they assess. The fundamental purpose of assessment is to know what the student knows and to adapt teaching practices to address learning needs. Once this data is available it becomes possible to find ways to improve learning. So, simply put, assessment is meant for us to understand our learners’ learning.

This workshop helps educators learn strategies to make teaching and learning interactive. Educators will discover ways to know pupils’ progress and difficulties so that they can adapt their work to meet their pupils’ ever-changing needs.

Topics explored:

  • Assessing for learning
  • Assessing for differentiated classroom practice

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Assessment Practices for Constructing Learning is for educators, school leaders and administrators who are keen to constantly find out where their learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to take them there.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Role of Feedback in Academic Rigour
Assessing in Differentiated Instruction Classrooms
Creative methods to assess language learners
Creative methods to assess Mathematics learners

Effective Lesson Planning for Active Learning

Overview:

Through this workshop, educators will explore the key ingredients of an effective lesson for active learning. They develop a deeper understanding of what active learning is and how to promote active learning in the classroom. The participants will discover ways to make learning explicit, tangible and evident by involving learners in the learning process. Engaged and involved learners in the process of acquiring new knowledge make learning an ongoing, lifelong practice.

During the workshop, the participating educators will engage with also collaboratively design an effective lesson that promotes active learning.

Topics explored:

  • What is Active learning
  • Planning active learning experiences – Tools and strategies
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Assessment for active learning

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Educators of any subject and any grade level. It is also relevant for coordinators and educators who are involved in instructional supervision.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

Teachers as Learners

Overview:

Learning is fundamental to teaching; thus teaching and learning are inseparable processes. Learning and acquiring knowledge leads to growth. It is imperative that a teacher continues to learn and grow in the teaching profession through various methods, sources and avenues. Becoming extremely aware of such avenues is the key to teachers’ learning. Through this workshop, teachers will establish the primacy of teacher as a seeker of knowledge as much as a provider of knowledge. As a learner, the teacher can develop deep subject knowledge and create opportunities to demonstrate her learning. Participants will explore possible sources of learning for a teacher and ways to keep the qualities of a learner-teacher alive.

Topics explored:

  • Qualities of a teacher-learner
  • Key skills of a teacher-learner
  • Strategies of a teacher-learner
  • Implementing best practices

Who should enroll for this workshop:

All educators serious about their business!

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Professional Growth

Making Mathematics Learning Meaningful

Overview:

Through this workshop, educators will explore the fundamental role of mindsets in learning mathematics, differentiate between conceptual and procedural approaches and learn to creatively design activities that combine the two. This workshop helps in skill building as well as with ‘drill’ that is a necessary aspect of an exam-oriented educational system, but in a way that engages all students in meaningful mathematics. The workshop will broaden the educators’ repertoire of teaching strategies with ready-to-implement activities and math games.

Topics explored:

  • Mathematics and Mindsets
  • Relationship between Procedural and Conceptual Approaches
  • Role of Visualization in Math Learning
  • Lesson design to support student engagement
  • Games for Skill Development in Mathematics

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Math educators for any grade level. It is also relevant for coordinators or curriculum developers working on mathematics who are eager to foster a love of mathematics in their students through meaningful mathematical tasks.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Beyond Procedures: Creative Exploration in the Mathematics Classroom

Effective Classroom Management

Overview:

Traditional classrooms had been characterized by teacher-centered pedagogy and rewards-and-punishment approach to classroom management. While classrooms have become more learner-centered recently, classroom management has continued to follow the earlier model. This workshop explores classroom management in the context of an active learner centered classroom and helps educators redesign their classrooms where learning is managed effectively instead of managing behaviour. The role of expectations, routines and communication are highlighted and educators are shown practical ways to maximize learning and minimize disruptions, borrowing elements from Design Thinking.

Topics explored:

  • Classroom Organization
  • Essential Criteria for Setting Classroom Rules
  • Personal Needs Theories
  • Effective Communication
  • Different Approaches to Classroom Management

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Educators, teacher-trainers, coordinators, and heads of schools who are eager to transform their classrooms into effective places of learning for ALL their learners.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Productive Group Work: Collaboration in the Classroom

Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

Overview:

Knowledge cannot continue to be confined and taught as separate disciplines. Research shows that educators are oftentimes hesitant to step out of the comfort zone of their subject specialties. This can affect meaningful learning in the 21st century where disciplines are fusing together with haste.

This workshop will show every teacher how to transform their thinking so that an interdisciplinary curriculum becomes an integral part of their classroom practices. Case studies will be discussed to identify the impact of such learning on students. Educators will get a first-hand experience of interdisciplinary unit planning through guided activities.

Topics explored:

  • The Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Activities
  • Use of Graphic Organizers
  • Use of Graphic Organizers
  • Use of Stories
  • Designing an Interdisciplinary Unit

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Educators at primary and middles school levels. It is also relevant for coordinators, curriculum developers and teacher trainers who are looking to enhance their pedagogical skills to address the changing paradigms of 21st Century learning.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Inquiry-based Learning

Teach like a Pro for High Student Achievement

Overview:

Through this workshop, educators will explore how effective teaching can be learned, how to improve students’ academic success, explore powerful techniques that are concrete, specific, and easy-to-put-into-action. The activities are designed to teach like a pro for student achievement. The three stages of planning, preparation and practice are discussed. Educators will be equipped to use the techniques from day one to optimize student learning and growth, improve the quality of instruction by ensuring accountability and teacher effectiveness.

Topics explored:

  • Setting High Academic Achievements
  • Effective Planning and Preparation
  • Sequence of learning with structure and delivery
  • Purposeful Student Engagement
  • Culture in the classroom
  • Positive Behavioral Change
  • Trust and Rapport
  • Adapt Pacing

Who should enroll for this workshop:

All educators, educators, heads of schools including those in the role of mentors and coaches who are responsible for facilitating teacher effectiveness and professional competency

Teaching Inquiry for Innovation

Overview:

This workshop empowers the teacher to be a critical thinker and a problem solver to facilitate innovation in schools and nurture students with the right dispositions and competencies required in the 21st century. The workshop engages participants in the use inquiry methods to identify problems, generate ideas, design, implement, and evaluate solutions including the impact of innovative resources, practices, or tools that they create.

Topics explored:

  • Inquiry skills
  • Innovation
  • Problem finding and solving

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Educators who serve students at the primary, middle, and secondary level in schools that variously follow American, British, Indian, and International Baccalaureate curricula.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

  • Visible Thinking

Design Thinking