Presenter: Kim Strobel
Room: Waco AB
Offered during: Learning Experience 1
We all know that feedback is important to a growing writer, but we tend to struggle with how and when to incorporate it into our classroom. During this session, we will take on many roles as we practice responding to writing in ways that are constructive and conducive to the classroom in order to help our students do the same.
Presenter: Jessica Houser
Room: Waco CD
Allowing students the opportunity to step out of their traditional learning role and immerse themselves in a critical role in history brings the learning to life and the moment to now. Educators will experience a history simulation first hand, learn about quality resources for history simulations and the ethics behind using this powerful learning tool in your classroom!
Presenter: Jessica Torres
Offered during: Learning Experience 3
This session will allow teachers to meet students at their skill level (inclusion classes) while still aligning to the TEKS.
Presenter: Debbie Holley & Sandy Johnson
A STEM teacher and student will share how students transform their learning with projects and passion projects that lead to wanting to be at school after hours.
Presenter: Trey Janek & Tanya Snook
Offered during: Learning Experience 4
Come listen to a high school math teacher and a high school instructional technology specialist explain how technology was incorporated into an Advanced Algebra II & Algebra I classroom to increase achievement. Find out what flopped, but turned into a learning experience. As well as find out what tech strategy increased student grades.
Presenter: Amanda Dismukes & Brittni Knebel
Offered during: Learning Experience 2
All students learn at a different rates, but traditionally, we have been teaching to the power of one. One teacher is teaching one grade, one subject at one pace to one level. This was no longer working for our students, so we decided to change it using blended learning and technology. By designing flexible, self-paced units of study, we were able to give our students the freedom to choose how they learned the material and at what pace. Now each student is in control of how and when they learn the material.
Presenter: Becky Arndt & Staci Kwast
Presenter: Andi McNair
Are you interested in gamifying your classroom, but not sure how to do it? Struggling with how to differentiate your curriculum to fit the needs of all your learners at once? This session will show you how to merge both ideas to create an engaging, student-led learning experience all year. Bring an idea for a theme and leave with general plans for implementation at the next school year.
Presenter: Teresa Kelm
Educators will participate a 30-minute immersive lesson as the student followed by a series of teacher reflection activities to tease out the benefits and perceived roadblocks associated with the classroom environment. The experience goal is to showcase how the flexible nature of furniture can drive instructional choices that positively impact student engagement and student success.
Presenter: Judy York & ELB Furniture
Are you interested in learning how to quickly and easily create video for instruction? In addition, would you like for your students be more than just consumers of video and be creators of video to effectively demonstrate their learning about any topic? Then, come to this session and get hands-on experience creating a fun, 30-second ice cream commercial using the online video editor, WeVideo.
Presenter: Cindy Darden
Room: Lab 1
Participants will learn strategies and techniques for incorporating Blended Learning and Balanced Literacy in the secondary classroom. With the changing demands of student accountability and tight schedules, it can be hard to get everything done in 50 minutes. This interactive workshop will walk teachers through a lesson that will allow participants to see how it is possible to transform their classrooms into engaging learning environments while still holding students accountable and meeting with small groups.
Presenter: Misty Andersen
Mentor texts are literary works, songs, or excepts that serve a variety of purposes in the classroom. During this session, we will explore those purposes and practice using mentor texts in order to encourage our students to utilize mentor texts as models for their own reading and writing.
Come experience robotics, coding, math, science, and how each is a component in your standards. Application, timing, and relevance will be addressed as we explore four different platforms while meeting the needs of our 21st century learners.
Presenter: Andi Parr & Judy York
Looking closely at historical documents is important for understanding, but also the enjoyment of a particular topic. There is a multitude of documents through time to analyze and several different ways to do so. This learning experience will offer educators the opportunity to analyze documents with their peers, discuss differences in teaching styles and explore a variety of digital resources intended to make the process easier for students.
Gamification is an immersive classroom experience that supplements instruction with game-based mechanics! Gamification is something that can be applied to all content areas. Learn to take your classroom to the next level!
Presenter: Ethan Silva
Self-care is more than just eating healthy and sleeping earlier. While personal self-care can be helpful, in this session participants will learn about professional self-care. Participants will learn to identify burnout and secondary trauma in themselves and peers. Tools will be provided to increase self-compassion and self-care in both personal and professional lives. By the end of the session, you will learn specific ways to grow in professional self-care & begin or enhance your self-care plan.
Presenter: Jaja Chen
Do your students suffer from test anxiety or struggle to apply what they have learned in class? Are you looking for alternative forms of assessment? Try using student created websites to let your students show what they know.
Presenter: Staci Kwast
Join the Mayborn Museum’s Design Den to make, tinker, and create using circuits at three activity stations! Connect circuit blocks to batteries to complete series and parallel circuits. Get creative and make a paper circuit card for a friend! Lastly, jam out with Makey Makey pianos and enter to win a free spot at one of our upcoming Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshops! This session will end with reflection about the role of maker education in practicing the “Four Cs” and what formal educators can learn from museums that are making and tinkering.
Presenter: Emily Clark & ELB Furniture
Taking notes is crucial in a social studies classroom, but teachers struggle with balancing the amount of notes students take, how to get the notes to students, and what to do with the notes after they have been taken. Teachers will be provided with strategies to implement in their classroom through interactive notebooks, as well as strategies for what to do with the notes after they have been taken.
Presenter: Danielle Connor
Students need to think more critically, and we need to up our classroom rigor, but sometimes we are just not sure how to get this done. What if we "Make Just One Change" in our classroom and what if that one change sets high rigor with critical thinking as a natural byproduct? With the help of this session, you can learn how to teach students to ask their own high level questions for a rigorous, student centered, and discussion driven classroom experience. This training can benefit multiple subject area.
Presenter: Alisha Hobson
If you haven't had a chance to see what Merge Cubes can do, here's your chance! The apps are free, but the cube is not. Are they worth the investment? Come find out. You'll be able to sample apps for use with Merge Cubes and decide for yourself.
Presenter: Frances Karels
These cute little robots create huge engagement! Students can code with color or with Ozoblockly.com. Come see how you can integrate Ozobots into your classroom!
Presenter: Denise Gilbert
Have you ever learned a new tech tool, but then got back into your classroom to realize you don’t remember how to use it? In this interactive session, you will get a 5 minute preview of creative ways to use tech tools in your classroom, and then the majority of the time, you get to try each tool out. Some (not all) tools include student created Quizizzes (yes, you don’t make the questions), Google Forms with GIF helpers, eBook creation, and more. You will actually get to use the tools (following step by step instructions laid out). If you get stuck, then you can ask me how to do it. I can also give you a real world classroom example of how we used the tool in the secondary classroom. Finally, the last five minutes will be a discussion of how you can use each tool in your classroom.
Presenter: Brittni Knebel
Are you looking for a powerful way to get your students engaged in both reading and writing plus have their learning differentiated at the same time? Join me in this must see learning experience that combines NEWSELA and Google Classroom!
Presenter: Andrea Snow
This presentation will focus on how to create 21st-century thinkers and doers using authentic, cross-curricular, project-based learning. From trials to triumphs, we'll reveal what that looks like in our classrooms and provide you with resources and practical tips to help you get started on your own journey.
Presenter:Stacey Dieterich & Christina Taylor
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