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KEYNOTE: Turning Word Losers into Word Lovers
Students who are reading content area texts are immersed in difficult concepts—abstract -isms, foreign terms, scientific and mathematical words, and concepts about which students have little prior knowledge. This highly entertaining keynote describes why English is a difficult language to learn,...
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KEYNOTE: Hold Fast to Dreams
Whom do our students look up to? Are they mostly impressed by figures in the media and sports? If they only have these unrealistic representations as models of morality and behavior, what kind of people will they become? Perhaps giving students models of compassion, service, and tolerance is just...
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KEYNOTE: Girls will be Girls, Boys will be Boys: Teaching to Gender Differences.
Many boys are failing in our schools. Statistics clearly show that boys make up the bulk of our discipline problems, drop outs, and even inmates. Schools may be contributing to these failure rates by not considering differences in male and female brain development. Gender differences in brain...
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KEYNOTE: Engaging the Disengaged Student: Getting Students Involved in Learning
Today's students see more and more of a disconnect between school environments and the outside world. Recent research identifies six environmental stimuli that get the brain's attention--stimuli that are inherent in most pieces of technology. Teachers, however, rarely employ these elements in...
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WORKSHOP: Engaging the Disengaged: Energizing the Adolescent Learners
Today's students see more and more of a disconnect between school environments and the outside world. Recent research clearly identifies six environmental stimuli that get the brain's attention--stimuli that are inherent in most pieces of technology. Yet teachers rarely employ these elements in...
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WORKSHOP: Literacy Across the Content Areas
Content area teachers will participate in research-based, hands-on activities that promote literacy for all readers. The workshop covers the following five areas: * Brain-based learning to increase student engagement * Vocabulary Development for Older Students * Before Reading Strategies * During...
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WORKSHOP: Girls will be Girls, Boys will be Boys: Teaching to Gender Differences.
Recent scientific research is illuminating the genetic differences between the male and female brain. Based on the works of Michael Gurian and Leonard Sax, this workshop presents the differences in male and female brain development that affect behavior and learning. Teachers will come to...
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WORKSHOP: Teaching Teachers Technology
Many teachers feel woefully behind the curve in their use of internet and computer teaching strategies. This workshop is designed to get them over that psychological hump that hinders their use of technology in the classroom. In one day in a computer lab, teachers will learn the following: * How...
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WORKSHOP: Vocabulary Development for Grades 3-12
Students reading content area texts are immersed in difficult concepts—abstract -isms, foreign terms, scientific and mathematical words, and concepts about which students have little prior knowledge. Vocabulary research points to clear strategies teachers can use with students to help them read...
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WORKSHOP: Teaching Note Making and Summarizing
Making notes is the first step in studying by requiring a student to reflect on what he or she has read. Summarizing requires a student to reflect once again, and consequently, builds retention. In order for students to learn how to make good notes and summarize, they need good models for each of...
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WORKSHOP: Brain-Based Teaching to Build Retention
Medical technology has made profound inroads into learning how the human brain works in the last decade. Though we are still scratching the surface, we now are beginning to understand how the brain learns and retains information. Based on the work of Eric Jensen, Marilee Sprenger, Pat Wolfe, and...
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WORKSHOP: Building Literacy in Social Studies
This interactive workshop will present practical activities that get students actively involved in reading their Social Studies texts. Brain-based research shows educators how the brain learns, how to help students store information in long-term memory, and how to engage a student’s attention....
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WORKSHOP: Vocabulary Development for Social Studies
Social Studies texts are filled with a multitude of difficult abstract concepts—many -isms, -ologies, and -ocracies. Terms often describe places and times about which students have little prior knowledge. Vocabulary research points to clear strategies teachers can use with students to help them...
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WORKSHOP: Building LIteracy in Math
This interactive workshop will present practical activities that get students actively involved in comprehending their Math texts. Teachers will learn how to help students preview texts, learn academic vocabulary, decipher word problems, and use language to aid understanding of key concepts....
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WORKSHOP: Building LIteracy in Science
This interactive workshop will present practical activities that get students actively involved in reading their Science texts. Brain-based research shows educators how the brain learns, how to help students store information in long-term memory, and how to engage a student’s attention. Teachers...
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WORKSHOP: Building LIteracy in Math and Science Texts
Brain-based research shows educators how the brain learns, how to help students store information in long-term memory, and how to engage a student’s attention. This interactive workshop will present practical activities that get students actively involved in reading two of their most difficult...
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WORKSHOP: Building LIteracy in Composition Skills
This interactive workshop will present practical activities that help students read both fiction and nonfiction texts. Teachers will learn strategies to help students preview texts, make notes while reading, and summarize what they have read. Attendees will also learn about best practices to...
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WORKSHOP: Teaching Persuasive Writing through Debate
What teenagers do well is argue. In this interactive workshop, teachers learn to use this natural “resource” to teach students to write persuasively—the most tested mode of writing on high stakes test. Students begin by analyzing student models to learn how to support an opinion well. Cross...
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OTHER WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE:
* Researching and Evaluating Internet Information * Supporting Parents and Teachers of the Gifted and Talented * Vocabulary Development for Mathematics * Vocabulary Development for Science * Vocabulary Development for Language Arts * Using Student Video in the Content Area Classroom
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