4th Annual Golden Apple Teachers for Tomorrow Conference
Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Thornton Fractional South High School, Lansing, IL
INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY
CSI - Constructing Science Inquiry
What if students were given opportunities to collect, analyze, interpret, discuss and present data from a 'real-world' scenario? They would improve their cognitive skills, their ability to follow directions and make cross-curricular connections (math, science, health, literacy and technology). Participants will have a warm up/bell-ringer at the beginning of the presentation. They will pair/share with their elbow partners. There will be a brief large-group share out.
PRESENTER: Elizabeth Copper
Globalizing Your Classroom
It is critical that we connect our students with the world, today more than ever! Learn how to engage students with projects and curriculum that include opportunities to learn about and appreciate other cultures and to connect with current political and ecological events.
PRESENTER: Sharon Takahashi
Making $ Club: Middle Financial Literacy
Workshop participants will learn about an innovative community partnership. The collaboration has established an after school financial literacy club for middle school students at Ruben Salazar Bilingual Education Center called Making $ Club. In the past 2 years, 6th-8th grade students have been investing over $3,000 in the actual stock market. Participants will learn how to establish a club for their own students through community partnerships, how to guide students into taking informed investment risks based upon past, current, and forecasted company financial stats balanced with in-depth analysis of consumer spending habits and geopolitical factors, and how to sustain their club. A Making $ Club integrates the disciplines of Social Studies, Science, Math, and Language Arts in real-world critical thinking practices for students.
PRESENTERS: Gerard Kovach and Rogelio Botello
Sounds of Learning
Ludwig van Beethoven once said, "Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." The presentation will invigorate, inspire thought, and encourage the invention of more uses for incorporating music into everyday classrooms. It is inspired by the late master teacher, Harriett Ball, who was revolutionary in her approach to using music within the classroom. The presentation pays homage to her graceful, rambunctious teaching style as well as showing teachers how to adopt a similar means of delivering curriculum in a fun and educational way. The presentation looks at how the brain is affected by music as research continues to provide support for intentional use of music in the classroom. Resources will be provided and there will be an opportunity to try the Harriett Ball method of teaching.
PRESENTER: Carla Stone
Teach the Most Popular Class with Highly Engaging Math
This presentation will show that math instruction can be fun and highly engaging by tapping into the diverse learning styles and interests of students. A variety of creative pedagogical methods will be included: Young Mathematicians (students recognized for unique problem solving approaches); Graffiti Word Wall; Racing Car Math; Hip Video Clip Connection; Dancing Math; Geometry Walk; Create a Goofy Math Story; Math Problems w/"Flavor"; Basketball Math. The presentation will consist of a PowerPoint presentation to share an overview of strategies and some short video clips of their usage. Artifacts will be displayed as well as 3 to 5 engaging and interactive activities.
PRESENTER: Donnell White
Tell Me A Story
Every child is filled with stories. Traditionally, we as educators ask children to share their stories by using pencil and paper. This presentation will challenge teachers to think creatively about other venues for sharing stories. Tales can be shared through speaking and drawing. There will also be a strong technology strand running through this presentation to demonstrate how to use "Comic Life", "PhotoStory", and several apps for the iPad as a platform for telling stories. Authentic examples of first graders and their creative writing efforts will be shared.
PRESENTER: Pam Kelly
Backwards Planning 101
Backwards planning is a process of planning units starting with the end goals in mind. This session will introduce the ideas of backwards planning and standards-based grading to high school teachers. Participants will learn what backwards planning is, why it is beneficial, and how to plan units. Participants will also see examples of math, English, and biology units created by the presenters.
PRESENTERS: Jill Krysinski, Shelia Hillier, and Nora Hayes
Collaborative Reading with Subtext on iPad
Subtext is a free iPad app that allows classroom groups to exchange ideas in the pages of digital texts. Learn how easy it is for classes to read and explore a text together, and for students to close the loop from reading to analysis to writing. Subtext gives teachers the tools they need to tailor the learning experience to each student and maximize results for every class. Bring your iPad with Subtext downloaded.
PRESENTER: Charlene Chausis
Inclusion of Special Needs Students
Relying on her own experiences, the presenter will discuss the dynamics of inclusion and its effect on students, staff, parents, and community. Discussion will include cooperation between classroom teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, administration, and the community. Learn about activities, such as beep baseball, judo, yoga/self-defense, Braille Club and more. Also learn how these activities have helped to build healthy relationships and mutual respect.
PRESENTER: Gloria Moyer
Leading Effective Classroom Discussions
Practical strategies for creating critical, lively, productive classroom dialogue. This presentation will focus primarily on high school students although the techniques may be used at any level. Topics will include how to change from a teacher-centered discussion to a democratic-circular model, a process for creating student-generated questions, the relationship of on-line social media discussions to classroom conversation, methods for engaging shy and reluctant students, and tools for discussion assessment. The presentation will be conducted in a discussion to model the behaviors being proposed. Particular attention will be given to the role of technology in classroom discussion.
PRESENTER: John Paulett
RTII for the Classroom Teacher
RTII, response to instruction and intervention, is a process that matches instructional and intervention strategies that support student needs. It is an informed, ongoing approach for planning, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction, curricular supports, and interventions. This session was designed to enhance the classroom teacher's understanding of RTII, define the role of the classroom teacher in the RTII process, and provide a means to implement and apply RTII services.
PRESENTERS: Jill Krysinski, Tino Villaflor, and Megan Springer
The Basics of Differentiated Instruction
This presentation was designed for the teacher who wants to differentiate her / his instruction, but might not know how or where to start. Participants will get an overview of what differentiated instruction truly is and some of the misconceptions of what it is not. Participants will leave with a simple understanding of the elements of differentiation, and tips on how to plan a unit using this type of instruction.
PRESENTERS: Jill Krysinski and Scott Krysinski
The Leadership Strength of Communication
One of the common strengths shared among teachers is in the area of communication. Use your abilities in this area to develop family and community connections to a National Board of Professional Teachers' standard. You will see how a primary team uses communication to strengthen these bonds through parent education and interactive community connections. You will also take away the ability to find your own leadership strength areas and have an opportunity to see how to translate these talents into growing your professional practice.
PRESENTER: Robert Taylor
Arts in the Foreign Language Classroom
This session is designed to help you incorporate visual art into your classroom cultural experience. Art is a great way to integrate culture into vocabulary and even grammar activities. Students who have had no exposure to art have little appreciation of art - so as a teacher, you have a great opportunity to open a new door to them - the door of life experiences (both personal and cultural) as presented through art. Art is an expression of passion - and your students, can appreciate art works - otherwise known as "cultural products that may express cultural perspectives."
PRESENTER: Linda Egnatz
Audience Participation in Storytelling
This hands-on participatory workshop will explore strategies for encouraging the teaching strategy of orchestrating audience participation in storytelling, with the understanding that heightened engagement produces many benefits in an active learning environment.
PRESENTER: Rives Collins
Creative Digital Art Projects that put STEAM into STEM
Get inspired to use technology to create art with students while exploring any subject area from creative writing to celebrating good character. You’ll find something to use right away whether you're a pro or newbie with technology.
PRESENTER: Tricia Fuglestad
Switching on Kids’ Brains with Song-Experience Games
Incorporate "song movement" games and structured play into any elementary or music classroom with this innovative strategy. It will lead to enhanced academic and social-emotional growth. Participants will learn song games that promote language and speech development, while also incorporating movement that engages all learning modalities. This results in an increased ability to focus, a critical step in cognitive development. As students experience the joyfulness of this play, they become more open to other learning and are comforted by this safe and nurturing environment. Team members will also engage in article and book study that provide the research basis for this strategy. Participants must be willing to play and sing in the workshop and with students in their classroom!
PRESENTER: Brooke Tippett Thompson
Teaching with Passion in the Arts
This presentation will be about the importance of teaching in the arts and how it can be accomplished incorporating core curriculum without sacrificing the professionalism of the arts. There will be videos with sample syllabi and a live presentation featuring students.
PRESENTER: Melinda Wilson
Book Clubs 2.0
This session will included a presentation of research and connection on the why and how with a short video of students sharing and discussing. The workshop will also include a mini-lesson on wiki discussion basics. Participants will be actively engaged, create their own wiki accounts, and join a discussion.
PRESENTER: Eliza Ramirez
Gearing Up with Google
This session will focus on how to enhance the curriculum with the utilization of Google apps. Examples will be highlighted and stories will be shared on what has been done to fuse technology-enriched ideas and concepts into the learning experience of students. You will walk away with a variety of resources that you can immediately apply into your classroom.
PRESENTER: Greg Regalado
Get Google to Work Harder: a Primer in Using Scripts
This hands-on workshop will give intermediate/advanced users of Google Drive an opportunity to learn about and use a variety of scripts to improve craft and to generally make life easier. These scripts will help teachers create individual and group projects, set up efficient access and distribution of classroom work, and create online, customizable rubrics.
PRESENTER: Jungsun Moon
Getting to Know Your iPad
This presentation for beginner users of the iPad, will review a variety of device and application settings, as well as managing mail, calendars, appls, photos and documents. Bring your iPad and follow along while you learn tips and techniques for navigating, and resources to help you learn on your own.
PRESENTER: Charlene Chausis
60 in 60
This workshop will present 60 websites that every educator should be aware of and use. Productivity applications, cloud storage, social bookmarking and password management. By developing new presentation tools and search engines, it will enhance your teaching. All of these sites have been developed with the educator in mind.
PRESENTER: Carol Broos