Do your teachers have the mindset of a maker?
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
Developing the Skills and Mindset of a Maker
One or Two Day Workshop
Being a Maker Educator requires developing a new mindset; a new set of skills and roles. Discover, through this masterclass, first, a process for reflecting on making through creating circuits and hacked toys, and second, through a self-assessment, the mindset characteristics of an educator who is embracing making education. Even though educators who attend this workshop will gain skills and ideas to bring back to their classrooms, the focus is on developing skills and mindset as a maker educator.
By the end of this workshop, participants will learn and be able to apply:
- new maker activities that can be brought to their own educational environments
- a process for reflecting on making for the purposes of increasing learning following each make
- the characteristics and qualities of an educator as a maker educator: lead learner, safe environment manager, relationship builder and enabler, process facilitator, resource provider, ambiguous problem finding and solving, technology tutor, feedback facilitator, tour guide of learning possibilities
- an assessment tool for evaluating the maker mindset of educators
- a process for identifying goals to increase one’s potential to be a maker educator