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Visual Teaching Strategies for the Classroom: Encouraging Attitudes of Excellence, Creativity & Leadership

2 hours Nature and Needs of G/T Learners, 2 hours Creativity & Instructional Strategies, and 2 hours Differentiated Curriculum

Level-I

It is hard to argue with the observation that the generation of students now moving into and through our educational system is by far the most visually stimulated generation that system has ever had to teach.  In fact, research shows that 65% of our students are visual learners.   This “hands-on” research-based workshop is designed to provide practical, effective strategies that optimize the teaching and learning process, while complementing existing programs and curricula. Workshop participants will learn teaching strategies and techniques to increase student achievement in the following areas:

 

Brain Compatible Strategies: Brain-Based learning is a dynamic, interdisciplinary, systemwide approach based on the way current research in neuroscience suggests our brain naturally learns best.
– The 12 Brain Rules
– Lateral Thinking Skills
– Utilizing the Visual Cortex for Retention
– Using Color and Music as Teaching Tools
– Music Therapy In the Classroom
– Neurobics
– Differentiated Curriculum
 
Methods of Visual Learning
– Encoding and Decoding Visual Representation for STAAR
– Identifying Visual Internal/External Learners
– Constructing Visual Thinking Maps
– Creating Watergraphs™ (photographic watercolor renderings)
– How to Promote Creativity
– Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain
– Strengthening Visual Perception & Visual Awareness Skills
– General & Digital Photography Tips
 
Visual Teaching Strategies
– Full Spectrum Visual Literacy: Encoding & Decoding
– Passive, Neutral, & Active Visual Communication Skills
– Active and Performance-based Learning
– Dynamic Translation
– Writing With Images
– Multidisciplinary Approach
– Technology-based Instruction
 
Related Topics
– Cognitive – Affective – Physiological Learning Styles
– STAAR: 10 Tips to Ease Student Anxiety
– 25 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning

 

Critical/Creative Thinking Skills and the Six Methods of Visual Learning: Pedagogy and Imagery

2 hours Nature and Needs of G/T Learners, 2 hours Social & Emotional Needs of G/T Learners, and 2 hours Differentiated Curriculum

 

Level-II

Did you know that the brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text?  Did you know that visual teaching can improve classroom learning up to 400 percent?  This “hands-on” research-based workshop is designed to provide practical, effective strategies that optimize the teaching and learning process, while complementing existing programs and curricula. Workshop participants will learn teaching strategies and techniques to increase student achievement in the following areas:

Content – Activities are practical, easy-to-implement applications that include:
– The Six Methods of Visual Learning
– Visual vs. Written Communication
– Visual Literacy: Encoding & Decoding
– Media Literacy: changing the world one student at a time
– Critical/Creative Thinking Skills: deBono’s Six Thinking Hats & the TPCASTT Poem Analysis Method
– Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences
– Differentiated Curriculum
– Acquiring Visual Representation Skills
– Seeing Reason: analyzing cause-and-effect relationships through image mapping and visual links
– Music Therapy In the Classroom
– Understanding the Digital Generation
– 7 Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher
– Visual Handling Skills
– Who Is the Visual Learner? Internal vs. External
– Strengthening Visual Discrimination Skills
– 5 Reasons Why YouTube Rocks the Classroom
– The Flipped Classroom
Life Skills & Character Education
– Kohlberg’s Six Stages of Moral Development
– Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students
– Decision making skills: avoiding “paralysis by analysis”
– 8 Great Gripes of G/T Students
– The G/T Student’s Bill of Rights

 

Whole Brain Visual Thinking: Building a New Level of Cognition

2 hours Nature and Needs of G/T Learners, 2 hours Creativity & Instructional Strategies, and 2 hours Differentiated Curriculum

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Content – Activities are practical, easy-to-implement technology applications that include:

– Who is the Visual Teacher?: The three-prong definition.
– Socratic Teaching: Are you a critical thinking teacher who teaches critical thinking skills?
– Inquiry-Based Instruction & Technology: Ask – Investigate – Create – Discuss – Reflect.
– 10 Tips for Launching an Inquiry-Based Classroom
– Parallel Curriculum Model: Interrelated approaches to course content.
– Kaplan Layered Model for Differentiating Curriculum – Differentiated Curriculum: A visual approach to altering the content, process and products of the curriculum.
– Depth and Complexity Thinking Processes: Abstract teaching strategies & methods of extending knowledge.
– Schoolwide Enrichment Model: Unique programs based on local resources, student demographics & school dynamics.
– Mind Maps, Graphic Organizers & Glyphs: Molding a visual language into learning skills.
– Basic Visual Elements
– The Visual Vocabulary of Photography
– Whole Brain Thinking: Perceptual reasoning and lateral thinking skills.
– Visual Representation: Preparing for STAAR.
– Playing Chess: Inductive/deductive reasoning and accountability.
– The Dyslexic Student: Who is (s)he and how do we bring out the best in her/him.
– Using the Internet in the Classroom: Shrinking the digital divide one student @ a time.
– STAAR: 10 Tips to Ease Student Anxiety
– 25 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning

 

Twice Exceptional: Brilliant Chaos – The Competition of Strengths Vs. Weaknesses

2 hours Nature and Needs of G/T Learners, 2 hours Identification & Assessment, and 2 hours Social & Emotional Needs of G/T Learners

Level-IV

According to the Gifted Development Center, psychological and/or learning disabilities could affect one of every six gifted children. Many are overlooked for special programming because of their strengths and abilities to compensate for their difficulties. Workshop participants will receive hands-on training in the following areas:
 
– Who is the Visual Teacher?: The three-prong definition.
– Thinking Out of the Box
– The Faces of Twice Exceptional
– Twice Exceptional Defined: Current research – Strengths & challenges – Gifted/Special Educator collaboration strategies.
– 10 Ways to Spot a 2e Student
– 2e By the Numbers
– Gifted Combinations: Autism Spectrum Disorders – (Autism Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett’s Disorder, & Pervasive Developmental Disorder) – Asperger’s Syndrome – ADHD – Dysgraphia – Dyspraxia – Tourette’s Syndrome – Dyslexia – Irlen Syndrome: Definitions, characteristics, suggestions for teachers & classroom simulation activities.
– Profiles of the Gifted: “Honor” students vs. “gifted” students.
– Differentiated Curriculum
– Emotional Intelligence: Identification, perceptions & expressions, with classroom activities.
– Visual Literacy: The 5 Strategic Levels for building visual literacy – Old methods vs. new learners – 21st century skills.
– Skills Teens Will Need In the Emerging Participatory Culture
– Visual Culture: Visual culture vs. aural culture – Classroom activities.
– Reading Imagery
– Visual Representation: Preparing for STAAR.
– 25 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning: What are they & how do they impact our lives?

 

In Search of the 21st Century Classroom – The Visual Quest

2 hours Nature and Needs of G/T Learners, 2 hours Creativity & Instructional Strategies, and 2 hours Differentiated Curriculum

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This “hands-on” research-based workshop is designed to provide practical, effective strategies that optimize the teaching and learning process, while complementing existing programs and curricula. The framework is designed to bring 21st century skills to 21st century learners.  The workshop transforms the technological comfort zone of our students into educational tools and strategies.  The goal is to meet the paradigm shift head-on and teach the way students learn best.
 
Content – Activities are practical, easy-to-implement applications that complement the four strands of the G/T Curriculum Framework “Scholars & Knowledge”, including:
 
– Differentiated Curriculum
– Exploring Our Technological Footprints
– Using Skype (Video-conferencing) & Google + Hangouts in the Classroom
– Cell Phones in the Classroom: From Toy to Tool
– 23 Years of the World Wide Web
– Cyberbullying: Definition & Prevention & Tips for Parents
– iPods/iPads in the Classroom: Teacher – Student – Parent Connection
– 21st Century Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy
– Digital Skills We Must Teach Our Students
– Internet Safety Rules
– 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Should Have
– You Are a 21st Century Teacher if…
– Future Classrooms
– Virtual Reality & Video Games in the Classroom: Myths & Benefits
– Electronic Portfolios: Professional & Student-Based
– Digital Storytelling: Hardware/Software & Resources
– Visual Journaling
– Music Therapy In the Classroom
– Authentic vs. Traditional Assessment
– Independent Investigation Model: 7 Stages of Research
– 25 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning

 

Visual Literacy: Strategies for Teaching Gifted English Language Learners

2 hours Nature and Needs of G/T Learners, 2 hours Creativity & Instructional Strategies, and 2 hours Differentiated Curriculum

Level-VI

4.5% of high school dropouts are gifted, and they leave school in part because of school-related issues. One would expect a very small percentage of such children to drop out, given the ease with which they can excel in school. To expect more than one in ten would be hard to justify. Therefore, with only 2.27% of people scoring above 130 on IQ tests, to expect greater than 0.227% of dropouts to be gifted would be ostensibly far-fetched. Unfortunately, the actual percentage is closer to twenty times that. According to the Achievement Trap, this problem is even more pronounced among economically disadvantaged students.
 
Content – Activities are practical, easy-to-implement applications that complement the four strands of the G/T Curriculum Framework “Scholars & Knowledge”, including:
 
– Differentiated Curriculum
– Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, Tactile, Kinesthetic, Global & Analytical
– Knowing Your Visual/Spatial Learners
– Defining Giftedness & It’s History
– Defining ESL vs. ELL vs. LEP 
– Identifying the G/T English Language Learners
– Strategies for Teaching Gifted English Language Learners
– Barriers for Limited English Proficiency Students
– Learning Styles: Pitch to Their Strengths
– How to “Think Outside the Box”
– 7 Tips for Increasing Brain Power
– Lateral Thinking Skills: Mind Games
– Top Teacher recommended .com Sites
– 10 Inclusional Steps for the Gifted– The Varied Faces of G/T Students: Traditional, Students From Poverty, ELL & Twice Exceptional– Gifted Students At-Risk

– Five Learning Strategies to Engage Struggling Students
– Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Gifted Student: What to avoid
– Stealth Giftedness

– Critical Thinking In Everyday Life
– Exploring the 21st Century Literacies: Visual, Media, Digital, Environmental, Informational, Global & Emotional
– School-Wide Cluster Grouping Model

– STAAR Stomach? 10 tips to ease student anxiety
– 25 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning

Visual Direction: Changing the Course of Education

1 hour Nature and Needs of G/T Learners, 1 hour Social & Emotional Needs of G/T Learners, and 4 hours Creativity & Instructional Strategies

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There are 79 million students in the United States, and 3.7 million teachers. That’s just over 21 students per teacher, certainly manageable. But have teachers adapted to the 21st century learning styles of our students? Have the physical structure of our schools and classrooms adapted? Have the tools and methodology been updated to complement the way students learn best? Perhaps it is time to change the course of education.

Content – Activities are practical, easy-to-implement applications that include:

– Gifted & Talented Standards

– Gifted Students: Practical Recommendations & Interventions for Teachers

– Costa’s Habits of Mind

– Emotional Needs of Gifted Students

– The Five C’s for Motivating Bright Students

– 25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently

– Emotional Needs: Growing Up Gifted

– Ten Reasons Why Your Gifted Student Procrastinates

– Anchor Activities: What are they & why use them?

– Enhancing Thinking Out of the Box Strategies

– Musical Therapy In the Classroom

– Understanding the Digital Generation

– Seven Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher

–  Five Reasons Why YouTube Rocks in the Classroom

–  Education Gamification: 10 Examples That Will Change Our World

– Multiple Menu Model for Developing the Differentiated Curriculum 

– The Six Levels of Lifetime Critical Thinking

– The Four Levels of Depth of Knowledge

– Conceptual Learning

– Art History: How not to let go of the arts when the budgetary axe falls

– Testing Creativity

– Creating Visual Stories

– STAAR Stomach? Ten Tips to Ease Student Anxiety

– 25 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning

Bullying? Press Delete!

2 Hours – perfect for faculty meetings 

Bullying Workshop

In the next 7 minutes, a child in the U.S. will be bullied, and only four out of 100 adults will step in to stop it. Only 11 percent of the child’s peers might do the same. The rest – 85 percent – will do nothing (Wallethub). That’s nearly 1 in 3 students. 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it. School-based bullying prevention programs decreased bullying by up to 25 percent (PACER).

Content – According to the NASSP, the average public school district can incur more than $2.3 million in lost funding & expenses as a result of suspensions, expulsions, vandalism, alternative placement & lower attendance. And besides the physical, psychological tolls it imposes on victims, bully produces adverse socioeconomic outcomes.Workshop participants will receive training in the following areas: 

– Workshop Participant Quiz: How Informed Are You?

– Bullying Defined: Kids Who Are Bullied – Kids Who Bully Others – Bystanders

– Kids Involved In Bullying: Frequency

– Statistics On Bullying & Suicide: Warning Signs – How Can You Help?

– How Can School Administrators Help to Prevent Bullying? School climate – Response – Prevention – Faculty/Staff Training

– Do Bullying Programs Work?: Not according to Nancy Willard – Best Practices – The Biggest Mistakes Schools Are Making & How to Avoid Them

– What Teachers Can Do to Prevent Bullying

– 10 Steps to Stop & Prevent Bullying

– The 3 Key Actions to Prevent Bullying

– Cyberbullying – What Is It & How Do We Prevent It?

– NEA’s “Bully Free: It Starts With Me” – Take the Pledge!

– 14 Highly Recommended Online Resources for Schools & Parents

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* All workshops are in accordance with the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 89.2 Gifted/Talented Education & Professional Development (Texas only)

* All workshops have been recommended by the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) since 2005

*The Visual Teaching Alliance is an approved Texas State Provider for Continuing Professional Education clock hours.

*Approved in various other states for local and/or statewide certification renewal and credits and professional development hours.

 

 

 

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