This workshop will focus on the pedagogical approach of adding STEM/STEAM and other worthwhile student lead experiences. Too often we throw additional meaningless/repetitive work at students to keep them busy. There are numerous options to allow students experiential project work that will engage, challenge, enrich and develop problem solvers. I will share both teacher directed and student lead project concepts to help teachers keep students from “bored” times and offer informal learning. This will include, but not be limited to, programming/coding, CAD work, interactive questions, purposeful projects and challenges, ipad/chromebook/pc possibilities and a number of links and sites to encourage learning without worksheets. In a world ruled by assessment our students need less. Less work and more fun. Fun isn’t always a waste of time, fun can be learning and problem solving. Presented by David Brantley.
I received my bachelor and master's degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Prior to attending BSU, I met and married my wife Cheryl at Purdue. Go Boilers!! Together we now enjoy our daughter Grace, son Declan, and also our feisty Bichon Frise. We are all pleased to be in Indiana, and we get to enjoy both of our families, who also live in Indiana. I started teaching in first grade, at Castle Hills Elementary in San Antonio, Texas in 1998. There, I took on the role of Castle Hills webpage coordinator in 1999, and with help re-wrote their website. This was an exciting learning experience. I believe it is important to be able to provide information to parents and students easily at home or at work. I received the Superintendent's award in 2001-2002 for presenting at TEPSA (Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association) about classroom discipline. That experience was both interesting and affirming for me, to see how many schools craved a successful discipline program.
Upon my return to Indiana, I taught first grade at Burnett Creek Elementary. I am now very proud to be at home at Cumberland Elementary Every year I look forward to meeting a new classroom of students and their families.
After teaching first grade at Cumberland for five years I moved to third grade. This decision was a difficult and took a long time to finalize. After my first first grade class from 1998 graduated and went off to college I decided that the time had come to make a change. Third grade is my new home. Third graders bring a new aspect in teaching for me...they can work through really tough equations, they are capable and have the foundations to solve grand problems, and with the right motivations they truly can accomplish anything. After spending a year with a group of students and building robots, writing programming language for virtual and real robots, running equations for ancient weaponry, building an electric guitar, and more...I can't wait for next school year.
I love math and science and reading literature. Sometimes the connections in our world's history truly make life more interesting. When a lesson starts with the mathematics of Pythagoras then leads directly into the equations for musical scale length and concludes with harmonics...it's been a great day. This is just one snapshot of how I guide my students through an educational adventure.
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch on your own)
Location: Wabash Valley Education Center
Cost: $125.00/member or $250/non-member*
*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana ESC. Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee of twice the amount of the workshop cost.
**See cancellation policy below
WVEC CANCELLATION POLICY:
* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.
Registration open through 2/3/2019 11:45 PM EST