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Friday Workshops

May 24, 2013
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Pre-Conference, Full Day Workshop

David and Roger Johnson - Cooperative Learning: From Theory to Practice in the Classroom

Cooperative learning is one of the most remarkable examples of theory, research, and practice in education. Drs. David and Roger Johnson will introduce participants to the basic elements in Social Interdependence Theory and how they structure an instructor’s role in the classroom. Practical examples will be presented of effective ways of setting group goals, introducing and monitoring expected social behaviors, attending to inclusion of all students, and assessing groups. Participants will be involved in activities in which they experience three things that take cooperative learning groups to higher levels: structuring in the basic elements of cooperative relationships; building peer relationships so that students can look around the room and say, "Put me with anybody"; and the teaching of cooperative skills. They will emphasize strategies to encourage the students in their efforts to achieve, their positive relationships, and their social competence in the classroom. Come learn about cooperative learning and come away from this energetic, highly interactive workshop empowered with knowledge and tools to create a more effective learning environment in your classroom.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 1 to College

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David and Roger Johnson - Why Cooperative Learning Will Never Die

Cooperative learning is one of the most remarkable examples of theory, research, and practice in education. In the past three decades, cooperative learning has become a widely used instructional procedure at all school levels, in all subject areas, and in all aspects of learning. When students work together to accomplish shared learning goals, it affects many different learning outcomes from achievement to psychological health. While other educational "innovations" come and go, cooperative learning continues. In this interactive session, David and Roger will share the research from their current meta-analyses and reflect on how the practicality and effectiveness of cooperative learning ensure that it will never die.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 1 to College

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101, Kagan Professional Development: Dr. Vern Minor - It’s All About Engagement

Become an engagement guru! Come experience easy-to-use instructional strategies that radically boost engagement. Why use cooperative structures for engagement? When we fully engage all students, we reduce the achievement gap that exists between student subgroups and create a classroom students love. Unfortunately, putting students in groups and encouraging them to be engaged is just wishful thinking. We must do more. To maximize engagement we must carefully structure the interaction among students. Come learn four simple principles that will ensure all students are fully engaged. You will transform your classroom! Your students will love your class and content — and you will experience a renewed joy and pride in teaching!

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 1 to 12

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102, John Myers, Cindy Kline and Paul Vermette - We Do It When? Entry Points for Co-operative Learning

When are the best times for structuring co-operative groups? The short answer is "when you want students to engage in purposeful talk". In this interactive session you will experience six places in a unit or lesson when student talk leads to learning. John, Cindy and Paul will work with you and provide additional resources and ideas for promoting purposeful talk in your classes.

Beginner to Advanced / General

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103, David and Roger Johnson - Academic Controversy in the Classroom

Creating intellectual conflict to improve academic learning is a powerful and important instructional tool. Academic controversies require a cooperative context and are an advanced form of cooperative learning. They allow the teacher to engage students in controversial issues (i.e. environmental questions, historical decisions, and current societal problems). Participants in this interactive workshop will learn the basic format for structuring academic controversies in their classrooms and experience the cooperative learning procedures that make them successful.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 7 to Adult

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104, Melanie Riddell and Lori-Ann Leigh - Using TRIBES in the Classroom

Want to know a secret? TRIBES is the missing ingredient that makes teaching with cooperative learning easy and effective. The TRIBES TLC Learning Process is an approach that develops a positive environment for growth and learning. Students enjoy inclusion and on-going membership in a learning group or "tribe". All feel of value to others, and a sense of belonging and feeling of community prevail as a class moves along the TRIBES trail. Join us for an interactive and energizing look at a variety of strategies that build inclusion and community within the classroom, as you experience the TRIBES process yourself!

Beginner to Advanced / General

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105, Carla DiFelice - Creating an Inclusive Classroom Environment

A growing body of research has confirmed the importance of the learning climate for children and adolescents: a positive and sustained school climate promotes students' academic achievement and healthy development. Teachers today struggle with time constraints and meeting curriculum expectations; however, by creating a climate of respect and inclusion, students may far exceed curriculum expectations. Participants will learn best practices for creating and sustaining a positive classroom climate, including bullying prevention, in a practical hands-on approach, and leave with materials ready to implement the next school day.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades K to 12

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201, Kagan Professional Development: Dr. Vern Minor - The New Skill Set

It’s time to rethink thinking! Information is exploding at an unprecedented rate in our world. This explosion has led to a new skill set students need in the 21st century. Kagan’s Thinking Structures engage all students in your classroom in higher level thinking. Forget designing special thinking skills lessons and, instead, embed the development of thinking skills in every lesson. Improve engagement and retention of your content and—at the same time—develop a range of diverse thinking and problem solving skills in all students. Come learn Kagan’s Thinking Skills model. Discover how easy it is to use Kagan’s thinking skills structures to understand, transform, and generate information. Turn your classroom into a student think tank!

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 1 to 12

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202, Jim Craigen and Chris Ward - The Brain… The Heart of Cooperative Learning

It is reassuring in times of rigid curriculum requirements to have not only the academic and social evidence of the benefit of cooperative learning activities, but also to have the objective neuroscientific data to support the use of cooperative learning. This interactive session will demonstrate how insights gained from brain research can support the use of cooperative learning to make the schooling experience more enjoyable, rewarding and satisfying for educators and students. Cooperative learning strategies will be modelled in this interactive session to illustrate brain compatible practices.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 1 to 12

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203, Lindsay Craig and Rob Todd - Building a PLC in your School

Do you feel like you are ready to share your knowledge about cooperative learning with your colleagues, but are unsure of where to begin? In this workshop, you will explore a successful model of a cooperative learning professional community (PLC) based on experience and research. Leading a PLC, managing your own workload for efficiency, format of meetings, and how sessions evolve with the gradually release responsibility to the group will all be discussed. Possible solutions to common challenges will be considered. Possible solutions to common challenges will be considered. The benefits of this challenge to your own professional practice make the effort truly worthwhile.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 7 to 12

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204, Cynthia Chiupka-Jozin - Cooperative Learning in the French as a Second Language Classroom

Cooperative and brain-compatible classrooms offer emotional safety and an environment that is both challenging and engaging. In this interactive session, Cynthia will engage participants in considering how students can learn through a variety of cooperative learning strategies that work well in second language classrooms. The focus will be on getting your students talking using an 'approche actionnelle'. She will engage you in her presentation, using techniques that can be taken straight into the classroom Monday morning!

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 7 to Adult

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205, Don Plumb - Active Structures for Powerful Learning

Are you the hardest worker in the classroom? Do you feel that your science class is too often “teacher talk” with the occasional lab or project? Do you feel trapped in a daily cycle of “takeup-teach-practice-homework” in your math class? If you are looking for ways to make your classes more energetic and your students more successful, come to this highly interactive workshop. Experience quick structures like QuizQuizTrade, Sage-N-Scribe, Signalling, and ListenRight! to make your students more active and your teaching more effective.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 7 to 12

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301, Kagan Professional Development: Dr. Vern Minor - Advanced Cooperative Learning

Take your cooperative classroom to the next level! This highly interactive session is the perfect next step for teachers who have had success with Kagan Structures in the past. Discover powerful new structures to add to your toolbox. Explore “hot off the press” structures that boost achievement, save time, and engage all students. Integrate cooperative learning, brain based learning, and multiple intelligences in all your lessons. Close the achievement gap by adding new instructional strategies to your repertoire that will engage all students. Create variety in your classroom environment by using new structures your students will enjoy. Leave this session with proven, innovative strategies to enhance the academic achievement of all students!

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 1 to 12

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302, Neil Davidson - Breaking the Cycle of Teaching the Way You Were Taught

If you would like help in reducing your amount of talking and increase your students' active learning come to this lively, engaging and funny seminar and learn how to balance direct instruction with active learning strategies. We will playfully work with a "twelve step program" for reducing lecturing and increasing active engagement. This session will feature an exploration of a combination of cooperative learning, classroom assessment techniques, and management tips.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades K to Adult

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303, Mitch Zeltzer, Dynamix - Boost Academic Achievement with Teambuilding and Classbuilding

Don't let your cooperative learning fall flat! Harness its power by establishing a caring, compassionate and united classroom and school. Hands-on teambuilding and classbuilding activities combine with stimulating reflection to help students learn together and boost academic achievement. Join Mitch for a fun, practical workshop with engaging ideas and strategies you can implement with your class right away. Discover why the Dynamix approach is approved for the Ministry’s Registry of Resources for Safe and Inclusive Schools.

Beginner to Advanced / General

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304, Michael Alex and Krista Hunt - Now What? Engaging Students through Action Projects

It has been said that cooperative education can change the world. Our contention is that this will only happen if students explicitly learn how to make change in their lives and communities. In this workshop, participants will learn about how we use action projects in our own high school and university teaching to get students actively engaged in politics within and beyond the classroom. We will look in depth at the challenges and rewards of these projects for students and teachers. Participants will work cooperatively to apply this method to their own classrooms.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades 7 to 12

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305, Stuart Scott - Empowering Learners through Collaborative Learning

The Collaborative Learning Project is a teacher resource development and sharing network. Collaborative learning strategies are planned by teachers working together to scaffold the development of exploratory talk for learning in every subject across all ages. Project materials, many particularly suited to multilingual classrooms, are used extensively in the U.K.. A growing number of activities are available for free down load from the net. This workshop is designed to raise awareness of the project. Participants will get the opportunity to understand the principles behind resource development and to try out a range of activities that can be adapted to their own classrooms.

Beginner to Advanced / Grades K to Adult

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