Room 103: Good for Nothing: The Power of Intrinsic Motivation
“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” Let’s learn to ditch those “fishy” extrinsic rewards and replace them with research-based, proven methods of intrinsic motivation that will empower students with an inner drive to succeed, and to be, well… “Good for Nothing!”
Nathan Cureton, Rory Anderson- LiFT Consulting Group
Room 104: Classroom Management - New Game; New Possibilities
We're still trying to figure out classroom management. Some days we have it, some days we don't. There's a formula for good classroom management and I'd love to give it to you! Seven tools are intelligently used interchangeably to create your environment that will help the students manage their own behavior. I'll give you the tools (some you already know, some are new!), resources and ultimately, the HOPE so you can get back to teaching!
Pamela Mei Ying Tseu, Educator Success Classroom Management
Room 106 Session 1: Standards Based Grading and You?
What is this thing called standards based grading? Why is it such a big push? Come find out what standards based grading is all about and why we should care. We will give you some research on why and some things to think about as you move towards standards based grading (or mastery grading or standards referenced grading).
Kathy Bekkemellom- UMLA President
Room 105: Better Together
Much needs to be done by schools to provide teachers with opportunities to learn and grow alongside their colleagues in a collegial, non-threatening arena. When administrators determine how to best drive teacher collaboration, there may be a lack of both personal and professional growth by teachers. Schools should seek ways to remedy the feelings of isolation, lack of self-worth and lack of personal and professional growth. Teacher-driven collaboration is a pathway to educational growth for both teachers and administrators.
Tamara Tallman, Hillel Yeshiva
Room 202: National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process in Action!
Geo-Inquiry is an exciting new integrated, project-based process that connects students to real-world questions. Learn how National Geographic’s free Geo-Inquiry process can further your student's understanding of the world and empower them to generate solutions that make a difference through a five-phase process.
JoAnne Brown, Merinda Davis- National Geographic Society
Room 204: 20 Cool Teaching Ideas to Help Make You the Most Awesome English Teacher Ever!
Here it is - The 20 coolest, most engaging, and effective lessons from my 20 years of teaching…all in one presentation! A handout explaining each idea will be provided, and participants will leave armed with a slew of proven teaching techniques to help jump-start their students. Don’t miss this one!
Mike Roberts, Rowland Hall Middle School
Room 205: When The Opioid Crisis Comes to Middle School: One School’s Journey From Tragedy to Connection
Continuing the discussion from the key note address, attendees will reflect on their own school culture, outline a customized plan for improvement, and share ideas that they can take back and facilitate at their schools. More than ever before the situation is urgent; the environment created in middle schools is a matter of life and death.
Emily Sutherland, Amy Jenkins, Treasure Mountain Junior High