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Teacher Workshops

What happens to the energy and excitement of a first-year teacher? Sometimes it just gets squashed under the avalanche of lesson plans, paperwork, meetings, and standardized testing. One of the most common frustrations for teachers is a lack of time  — to  address individual student needs, to try out innovative ideas, and most of all to share ideas with colleagues. 

 
Workshops by Marcie Rosen serve as a forum to do all these and more. Marcie's philosophy of teaching is simple: if what you've been doing doesn't work, it's time to try something else. 
 
Workshops are filled with usable, practical and creative suggestions--and not just from the presenter! Participants have a chance to share common problems, to brainstorm solutions, and support each other in the pursuit of a more productive and satisfying classroom experience for their students and themselves.   

 

Each teacher workshop consists of an overview of the topic, discussion, breakout session, a presentation of game formats and activity ideas, time for teachers to make materials of their own, and follow-up discussion of ways to adapt these materials for individual teachers’ needs, as well as a handout with a bibliography of useful resources.

 

Workshops for Preschool Teachers

[See below for Workshops for Elementary School Teachers]

 

MAKING IT ALL A.D.D. UP
Toddlers can be a handful in the best of circumstances! But when a child has an attention disorder such as ADD or ADHD (whether diagnosed or just suspected!) teachers can find themselves truly challenged. This workshop will explain the basics about children with this condition, and give lots of practical tips for enhancing the child’s preschool experience without sacrificing the well-being of other children (not to mention the sanity of the teacher!)

 

"WIGGLE ROOM": PLACES AND SPACES IN THE PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM

A well-organized and thoughtfully planned classroom setup can stimulate creative play,encourage appropriate social interaction and minimize disruptive behavior. Lots of practical tips, peer sharing and valuable resources!

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BLOCKS

Even the most well-equipped and exciting preschool classroom can lose its pizzazz after a few months. But sometimes all it takes is a little imagination to transform the “ho-hum” into the “what fun!” Lots of simple ways to use materials you already have in new and creative ways to develop listening and direction-following skills, number concepts, social skills and more!

ALL BOOKED UP!
Reading aloud to young children is a great way to introduce them to the magic of the printed word. But reading a book to a squirmy group of toddlers can be an exercise in frustration! This workshop will give you lots of ways to make reading aloud an interactive experience that can foster better listening and language abilities, while also developing social skills and empathy—and have fun doing it!

SCIEN-SATIONAL MAGIC!
Even if you’re science-phobic, this workshop will make you believe in hands-on science! Lots of easy (really!) experiments and activities to delight and mystify your students, and stimulate their curiosity about the natural world. Topics include magnets, air, water, light and sound, and will integrate pre-reading skills, basic math concepts, arts and crafts, and problem-solving.

IT’S ONLY NATURAL (ENVIRONMENT/NATURE)
Young children are fascinated by the world around them and how it works. Use their natural curiosity to propel a hands-on, multi-disciplinary experience which integrates ecology and other elements of the natural world with pre-reading skills, number concepts, and art. Included are the interdependence of plants and animals, conservation, and recycling.

ORANGE-PEEL BEADS AND HELICOPTER SEEDS (PLANTS)
Watch your students’ interest “blossom” when you explore the world of growing things! Easy to do hands-on activities, including cooking, art projects, experiments, and interactive literature activities, will help you teach plant parts, demonstrate growth, and show the many ways plants are essential parts of our world.

 

WILD ABOUT ANIMALS!
Feathery or furry, fierce or friendly, animals are a favorite topic for young children. But science isn’t the only thing you can teach with a theme unit on animals! This workshop will give you lots of hands-on activities, ideas and games that strengthen reading and math skills, expand vocabulary and “capture” the imaginations of your junior zoologists.

 

OUTSTANDING IN YOUR FIELD (TRIPS!)
A field trip can be an unforgettable experience—or a teacher’s worst nightmare! Careful planning, preparatory experiences and follow-up activities can make your next field trip a safe, exciting and educational experience. This workshop can be customized to fit the types of field trips that your school has planned.

I’VE GOT A FEELING
Strong emotions can be overwhelming for young children, but learning to understand and manage them is a crucial part of development. This workshop will give a brief overview of emotional development in children, as well as many activities, games and ideas for ways to integrate literature, art, and science.

SENSE-SATIONAL YOU!
“Hands-on” doesn’t begin to describe this workshop! Young learners will observe, touch, taste, hear and smell their way through this unit about all the ways our bodies gather information. Activities that integrate reading, math, science, music and art are woven together to create a multi-sensory learning experience your kids will love!

LOVING LIMITS: PRESCHOOL DISCIPLINE AND SELF-ESTEEM
Young children need the security of knowing that they are safe—from themselves as well as others! When they know the limits, they are free to use their energy to explore, create, and develop the skills that contribute to healthy self-esteem. Light on theory, heavy on practical and creative tips for helping you create a safe and nurturing environment for learning.

 

MEASURE, SLURP AND CRUNCH
The title says it all! Cooking (with and without a kitchen) is a great way to teach kids about where food comes from, what it does for our bodies, and how we can change it. Science, basic math, nutrition, literature and even art are “blended” together to create a great recipe for fun and learning!

SOME BODY SPECIAL
Use your children’s natural curiosity about themselves to engage them in an exciting unit on the human body! Many creative, practical ideas and activities for teaching about body parts, nutrition, handicaps, and the relationship between body and mind.

 

Workshops for Elementary School Teachers

 

MAKING IT ALL A.D.D. UP
Keeping your students’ attention in this techno-savvy era is always a challenge. But channeling the energy and attention of students with ADD or ADHD can be like “herding cats!” As a result, these students often become frustrated and may develop secondary behavior issues. This workshop will give a brief overview of this condition, and give lots of practical tips to enhance the educational experience not only for these students, but for the entire class. Topics include ways to help students focus, homework issues, modifications of classwork and behavior management.

SCIEN-SATIONAL MAGIC!
Even if you’re science-phobic, this workshop will make you believe in the magic of hands-on activities! Lots of easy (really!) experiments and activities to delight and mystify your students, develop their problem-solving abilities, and enhance your science curriculum. Many activities integrate science with other subjects, such as reading, math and language, as well as art. Topics include magnets, air, water, basic chemistry, physical science and more.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOOKS
Has your classroom fallen into an orderly but (yawn) predictable routine? Discover lots of new ways to go beyond the textbook, use classroom materials in innovative ways, and bring the real world into the classroom. Workshop is subject-specific, so science, social studies, literature or math can be the focus.

YOU’RE TERRIFIC...NOW FOLLOW THE RULES! (Discipline and Self Esteem)
Light on theory, heavy on nitty-gritty tips and suggestions for making the classroom run more smoothly. Topics covered include preventive discipline, diversion techniques, defusing and channeling anger and aggression, and teaching self-discipline.

MEASURE, SLURP AND CRUNCH: DELICIOUSLY DIFFERENT MATH AND SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
Math and science become more palatable when you find your way to a kid’s head through his or her stomach! Many easy creative ways to integrate food-centered activities throughout the curriculum, especially in math and science. Discover lots of simple games, recipes, and experiments your students will really relish!