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Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops


PROVOCATIONS, REFLECTIONS, AND OBSERVATIONS: ADDING DEPTH AND MEANING TO EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

In this workshop series, you will be able to develop unique and meaningful learning experiences designed to enhance understanding of the desirable characteristics and qualities of learning environments for children. A key feature of this series is the opportunity to engage in reflective practices designed to inspire and challenge participants to create new perspectives on high-quality learning environments. You will engage in interactive provocations, hands-on activities, and in-depth discussions as you construct your own knowledge and explore ways to bring vision to life in an early childhood setting.

This course is approved for 1.0 CEU (10 hours).

EXPLORING THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH TO EDUCATION

This workshop series is designed to create unique and meaningful learning experiences for participants while actively exploring the Reggio Emilia Approach to education in professional contexts. A key feature of this series is the opportunity to explore four different schools inspired by the municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. You will be able to engage in interactive activities, in-depth discussions regarding your observations at each school, and assigned readings that focus on the fundamental values and principals of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The development of collaborative relationships among teachers in this course will allow teachers to research and construct their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach and develop new ideas for their school settings.

This course is approved for 1.0 CEU (10 hours).

YOUR IMAGE OF THE CHILD: WHERE TEACHING BEGINS!

Through this engaging and reflective workshop, teachers will explore the powerful impact their image of the child has on all aspects of their teaching. In order to fully engage with the learning activities, prior to attending this session, participants are asked to read an inspirational article written by Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. In addition to reading the article, Your Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins!, each participant is asked to bring to the workshop one photograph that reflects his or her own image of the child. (Copies of the Malaguzzi article can be found on the NAREA website.

FINDING THE SPARK: BRINGING PASSION AND INTENTIONALITY INTO THE PLANNING PROCESS

This lively and engaging workshop will help you discover new ways of finding inspiration for developing a child-centered curriculum. You will be introduced to a four-step process that will help you create a curriculum that is deeply reflective of the children’s interests. You will also be encouraged to bring your own passions and hobbies into the curriculum to enrich the learning experiences you create. And, you’ll also receive a resource list and sample planning forms at this important workshop.

EXPLORING THE SIX LIFE SKILLS CHILDREN NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL AND LIFE!

This workshop can be offered for teachers and/or parents.

This highly interactive workshop will provide a clear framework for understanding the six life skills children need to be successful: attachment, belonging, self-regulation, collaboration, contribution, and adaptability. Together, we will explore how strengthening these vital skills will help children in managing their own behaviors in positive ways. Participants will learn new strategies to use in their homes or programs to support the creation of a positive emotional climate for children to thrive in. This workshop will use exercises and readings from Beyond Behavior Management: The Six Life Skills Children Need by Jenna Bilmes. Each participant will receive a copy of the 12-page booklet: “The Six Life Skills Children Need: Beyond Behavior Management Family Companion.”