Do your students have the literacy skills to lead 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
Our workshops help teachers empower students through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Creating Powerful Writers
One Day Workshop
The written word has always been important. But now, it may be more important than ever, with people learning and working across time, across media, and across the globe. Perhaps more than ever, students need to be confident and competent writers. This workshop will help you create a writing-rich classroom where writers inquire, collaborate, and create. Explore the three main types of academic writing (writing-to-learn, process writing, and writing on demand). Learn best practices in teaching and assessing writing, including how to use peer conferences effectively. Find ways to provide time and ownership to student writers so that they become powerful writers for life.
Facilitating Engaging Discussion
One Day Workshop
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.
Facilitating Robust Vocabulary
The size and strength of one’s vocabulary impacts how well one reads, writes, and speaks. This workshop provides key points from research and establishes the urgency for effective vocabulary instruction. Learn best practices for teaching both general and discipline-specific vocabulary words in addition to exploring digital tools and apps that can support vocabulary learning.
Creating Passionate Readers
One Day Workshop
Competent readers do well on every academic achievement measure, but reading well has benefits far beyond academia. Lifelong readers are lifelong learners. This workshop will help you create the reading-rich classroom where students read joyfully to inquire, collaborate, conduct research, and understand human experience. Explore how to provide students more choice in reading and how to create reading tasks that mirror what readers do outside of school. Additionally, explore proven strategies that require students to dig deeper into text and to discuss it meaningfully with peers.
Digital Literacy Through Blogging & Digital Portfolios
One Day Workshop
Develop a classroom blogging website where your students can host each of their individual blogs as digital portfolios of their learning. This workshop will take you through pre-blogging scaffolds and digital citizenship considerations to take with students prior to executing online postings. You will experience the steps associated with brainstorming, writing, posting, and commenting on student blogs, as well as tagging content to specific subject areas or learning outcomes. This workshop will help you to set up your blogging website and set up a digital portfolio action plan that includes pre-blogging lessons and promoting parent engagement. Student learning can be made visible as students document their learning in through blogging and digital portfolios! *available k-12+ using Edublogs and for elementary using Edublogs or Kidblog