Do your students get to ask and pursue questions to drive their own learning?
The teachers were inspired and ready to begin the year with one PBL unit in place. They thanked me for a workshop with meaning, structure, and support for innovative teaching that was useful for them in the classroom. We all absolutely loved Kris!!! I can't thank you all enough for providing such an amazing presenter! I can't wait to see all this hard work from our teachers translate into the classroom experience. Again, a big shout out for Kris and the TeachThought team. You definitely helped our teachers grow!!!
-Janet Jenkins, Director of General Studies
Thank you for changing the way I teach!
-Jana McCarthy, elementary teacher
Thank you so much for giving us (the teachers) the tools to make real education happen! Finally!
-Amy Guier, middle school english teacher
This is a must-attend workshop. It really changed my perspective on what exactly I should be teaching through my content.
-Philip Ellis, high school science teacher
We were constantly engaged in group activities and discussion/dialogue. Excellent trainer with a lot of knowledge and understanding about PBL, it took me out of my comfort zone!
-Shafaq Imran, teacher
Thank you very much. I have a new "light" on how to get my students to think on their own and at a deeper level.
-Morgan Payton, middle school ELA teacher
The content is excellent and the presenter was highly effective.
-Jim Whitaker, high school social studies teacher
This is effective and worthwhile professional development.
-Emilie Clemmens, math teacher and curriculum coordinator
I enjoyed the workshop. I am able to use what I learned in my classroom!
-Tonya Jones, elementary teacher
Well designed learning presentations and activities...wonderful enriching learning activity.
-Marlene Burek, Manager of Special Education
Fantastic job facilitating a super helpful workshop. I hope to have an opportunity to attend a TeachThought PD again soon!
-Leann Turner, agriculture sciences teacher
Excellent training, built confidence in teachers to further become facilitators of student learning!
-Ron Lockhart, high school math teacher
I found this to be more informative and useful than any other PD I've participated in.
-Deborah Shirley, Elementary Teacher
All feedback from my teacher was positive. She reported that the articles John sent were informative, the conversation was both clarifying and insightful, and the strategies were immediately useful. This is all great news! I have reported back to my administrative team and recommended that we keep Virtual Coaching in mind as we finish up our end of year evaluation conversations.
-Heather Bishop, Language & Literacy Department Chair
Question Formulation Technique
One Day Workshop
Participants will experience the QFT as a means to better understand the art of questioning. This workshop gives teachers tools they can use immediately to increase the quality and quantity of student inquiry in their classrooms. Exploring this inside and outside of the context of course content this workshop helps teachers create a culture where students feel safe and rewarded by asking more beautiful questions.
*QFT is also an integral part of our PBL Workshops
Starting Young: Infusing Inquiry and Project-Based Learning into Early Childhood Classrooms
One or Two Day Workshop
Children are full of excitement to explore the world around them. Knowing how to harness that natural curiosity at a young age can set children up to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners. This workshop is intended for PK-2 educators looking to integrate an inquiry-driven, project-based approach into their teaching practice. Participants will discuss research-based benefits of inquiry, and focus on concrete strategies that create an inquiry-rich practice in all three components of teaching: planning, instruction, and assessment. Teachers will apply new strategies to adjust existing lesson plans, activities, or assessments towards more inquiry-driven practice. Finally, teachers will collaborate to build a project that can be implemented in their classroom.
Early Childhood STEM: A Project-Based Approach
One or Two Day Workshop
Science is all about exploration, investigation, and finding answers to our questions. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)–based projects can transform your classroom into a space where children are constantly learning by doing. Through this approach, education becomes hands-on and active as students are playing, experimenting, asking questions, trying out ideas, and working together to solve problems. Teachers will learn how to create ongoing STEM-based learning experiences that scaffold approaches to learning, executive functions, and socioemotional development, and that integrate rich literacy, art, movement, and other domains into everyday learning . The workshop is hands-on and interactive – participants will be given concrete examples and strategies of how to put the approach into practice, and will have opportunity to adjust activities to their own classroom and students.
Passion Based Learning: Genius Hour and 20% Time
One Day Workshop
Want to get students excited to come to school and create projects that are based on their passions? Get ready to run Genius Hour and 20% Time including planning, implementation, and logistical tips. In this workshop, you will take an in-depth look at the process of how students might narrow down topics of study, write robust project proposals, and reflect on their work. We will also explore regular teacher-student check-ins and assessment practices. You will have opportunities to adapt all session materials to fit with your own classroom or school contexts, write informational letters to parents or administrators, and you will leave ready to run these passion-based activities with access to loads of resources!