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Are your students asking and pursuing questions to drive their own learning?


PD for teachers, school, and district leaders

Our workshops help schools increase the level and quality of inquiry from both teachers and students.

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Professional development (PD) for teachers, school, and district leaders is an essential component of effective inquiry teaching and learning, sometimes referred to as IBL. TeachThought PD helps educators understand the principles and best practices of IBL and provides them with the tools and resources to help prepare students for the modern world.

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Navigating Uncomfortable Ideas

This workshop will help educators learn how to help their students, themselves, and colleagues engage in uncomfortable and potentially divisive conversations. By applying the democratic ideals as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution, workshop participants will gain a better understanding of what it takes to create a culture of conversation that help navigate the complexities of difficult and often divisive topics by engaging in dialogue with best practices. Leveraging inquiry teaching and learning, participants will build the skills that help discover truth instead of reinforcing ideology and beliefs in ways that support a healthier democracy through heterodox thinking.

Read: We Should Teach About Uncomfortable Ideas, Here’s How

Starting Young: Infusing Inquiry and Project-Based Learning into Early Childhood Classrooms

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.

Read: Always-On Inquiry: Why You Should Be Asking More Questions In Your Classroom

Early Childhood STEM: A Project-Based Approach

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 socio-emotional 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.

Creating A Culture of Inquiry

This workshop gives teachers tools they can use to grow a culture of inquiry in their classrooms. Participants will experience multiple questioning and inquiry strategies that they can use in their classrooms immediately. Engaging in scenarios on sometimes contentious topics but with clear expectations, participants will develop and practice their own inquiry skills. Learn how to pull profound thinking and problem solving from learners using questions to contextualize content and knowledge.

Read: Why Creating A Culture Of Inquiry Is So Important

The Art of Inquiry

This workshop will introduce the Pyramid of Inquiry, a simple yet effective framework for teaching with works of art, and provide participants with the inspiration and tools they need to integrate art into any subject area. The Pyramid of Inquiry was developed by K-12 teachers and museum educators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a three year program that explored how experiences with works of art can foster meaningful student learning. Participants will discover ways to deepen their curriculum and support higher order thinking through this research based approach to art integration.

Listen: The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 150 Deeper Thinking Through Inquiry And Art

Question Formulation Technique

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

Read: Using The QFT To Drive Inquiry In Project-Based Learning

Facilitating Engaging Discussion

Being able to present one’s ideas verbally is critical to success in school and in the workplace. However, in many classrooms, students speak very little. Engaging classroom discussions can spark engagement, allow students to wrestle with content, propel them to create logical arguments, and boost divergent thinking. In this workshop, explore how to increase productive discussion in your classroom. Learn best practices both for frequent, informal student talk and for less frequent, more formal discussions like those using Socratic dialogue.

I really enjoyed this workshop as a 3rd year teacher because it opened my horizon on new things to do in the classroom. John also demonstrated most of the things he talked about which made it even better to remember.

-Ebonie Thomas, middle school teacher

I have already reached out to our district coordinator and requested more workshops from TeachThought PD.

-Elizabeth MacQuigg, middle school teacher

You will leave this workshop overflowing with ideas, technologies, and strategies that you can implement in your classroom on Monday morning!

-Thomas, HS teacher

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

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