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Teaching Tough Kids in Turbulent Times: Learning in Inspire and Motivate At-Risk Students
Three Graduate Semester Credit Courses!!!
This dynamic action-packed three credit course provides the most needed strategies for dealing with today's students. Whether they are gifted or
at- risk, kids today are more demanding and teachers need more and better skills to deal with them. This week you'll learn the most current
and a best classroom management strategies to help you become the first class educator you were meant to be. You'll find the newest strategies
for dealing with anger management, up to date techniques for modifying behavior and motivating even the most reluctant student. We'll examine
and practice several aspects of experiential learning on our adventure day and you'll find out how to effectively manage kids on field trips
and in other alternative settings, including extended class or block schedules. You discover the secrets of making inclusion work and tips
for effective communication with other staff members. And we'll discover the secrets of effectively using the internet in our classrooms
and how to make our own web pages. You'll benefit from this seminar if you are a classroom teacher, administrator, counselor, social worker,
juvenile detention authority, or if you are planning on entering the teaching profession.
Detailed Course Outline
Some school districts or school boards require a more detailed course outline to determine whether or not they would accept the credits offered in this course for advancement on a salary schedule or in fulfillment of professional growth credits. Keep scrolling down and you will find a detailed course outline, suitable for presentation to your local university and or school district in order to obtain approval for credit. Gail's summer trainings have been approved by St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, San Jose State University, San Jose, California; University of San Diego, San Diego, California; SUNY, New York; and many others. Provide a positive, worthwhile experience for educators in your area. Bring Gail to your area for a summer training. Contact Gail to find out how.
Teaching Tough Kids in Turbulent Times: Learning in Inspire and Motivate At-Risk Students
FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT NEED A MORE DETAILED COURSE AGENDA, PLEASE SEE BELOW:
The focus of Teaching Tough Kids in Turbulent Times: Learning in Inspire and Motivate At-Risk Students
is to address the most current and pressing issues in education facing teachers today
including: 1) increasing student achievement and motivation, 2) dealing with stresses and stressors, 3) classroom management strategies,
especially for at-risk and difficult students 4) inculcating technology in classroom management and instruction, and 5) the importance of
experiential education in the learning process. The approach will use a five-component foundational model of building resilience. There
will be an emphasis on practical strategies teachers and future teachers can take to their classrooms. The skills of group processing
and facilitation as effective teaching strategies will be modeled and practiced.
The student will be able to:
1) Manage their classrooms more effectively by learning effective student management techniques, including time management, goal setting, developing student behavior contracts, effective parent communication, and alternative program models that work.
2) Deal with stresses and stressors more effectively by learning disaster management planning, violence prevention techniques, grief counseling techniques, teacher anger management skills, management of student procrastination, and inclusion strategies for a successful classroom.
3) Develop team building skills and techniques that can be directly applied to the classroom.
4) Increase student achievement and motivation by strengthening reading skills, integrating literature across the curriculum, developing student concentration skills, and utilizing strategies and techniques for motivating at-risk students.
5) Effectively integrate technology into their classrooms and prepare their students for a global economy by learning to create web pages and learning how to utilize the internet, including for parent communication.
Texts, Readings and Instructional Resources
Provided by instructor and included in the cost of class.
Cost of Text/Handouts: Included
Where can text/handouts be obtained?
Provided by instructor first day of class.
Armstrong, Thomas. Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Alexandria, Virginia: ASCD, 1994.
Delunas, Eve, PhD. Survival Games Personalities Play, Carmel, California: SunInk Publishing, 1992.
Divinyi, Joyce. Successful Strategies for Working or Living with Difficult Kids, Peachtree City, Georgia: The Wellness Connection, 1997.
Dusa, Gail. Teaching Tough Kids in Turbulent Times: Learning in Inspire and Motivate At-Risk Students
: Practical Classroom Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Today's Classroom, Gunnison, Colorado: self-published, 2000.
Dusa, Gail. Strengthening the Achievement, Motivation and Responsibility of At-Risk Students (grades 6-12., 3rd ed. Bellevue, Washington: Bureau of Education and Research, 1995.
Dusa, Gail. Practical Strategies for Achieving Success with Difficult and At-Risk Students (grades 6-12), 3rd ed. Bellview, Washington:Bureau of Education and Research,1999.
Dusa, Gail. Teacher's A+ Plan Book for Success, Gunnison, Colorado: self-published, 2000.
Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence, New York: Bantam Books, 1995.
Gregory, Anthony. An Adult's Guide to Style, Gregory Associates, Connecticut, 1982.
Gorodinski, Alexander. A Look at the Lyceum, Jelgavas, Lativa: Dusa Communications International, 1994.
Kiersey, David. Please Understand Me II- Temperament, Character, Intelligence, Del Mar, California: Prometheus Nemesis Book Company, 1998.
Kohn, Alfie. Beyond Discipline, Alexandria, Virginia: ASCD, 1996.
Assignments, Evaluation Procedures, and Grading Policy
Course Requirements: The following group activities and individual summaries will include a variety of presentation methods, including a personal identity collage, developing a lifetime goals list, a personal strengths assessment, an experiential education essay, and pro-active discipline themes.
Group Activities (40%):
Create, as a group project, a web search lesson plan and demonstrate it to the class.
Design a web page, using a template and post it to the net.
Explain from personal experience, five ways to integrate experiential teaching and learning strategies
into traditional classroom instruction for a specific grade level or subject area., classroom management disaster plan.
Individual Summaries (50%):
Restructure a given lesson plan for optimal learning in a group of 40 + students, 30 students, 20 students and 12 of fewer students, demonstrating at least three group processes and methods of facilitation. The instructor will also be able to modify the lesson for 1:1 interaction or independent study.
Explain five specific strategies that motivate those children most often classified as at-risk and tell how they can integrate these strategies into their current teaching methodology on a consistent basis.
Identify the potential warning signs of violence and be able to suggest appropriate legal obligations and moral next-steps.
Will practice a minimum of three anger management techniques for demonstration and implementation with their students.
Write a personal, classroom management disaster plan in preparation for natural disaster and dangerous, aggressive confrontations, including possible bombs and other threats or attacks in which weapons are used.
List five organizational strategies that will create more time for academic instruction.
Choose two methods of parent communication or community involvement to implement in their future teaching.
Students are expected to attend all class sessions and participate in all activities.
Grade distribution is as follows:
94 - 100% A
84 - 93% B
74 - 83% C
64 - 73% D
63% and below F
Grading: A-F _x__ Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory ___Non-credit ___
Readings throughout the week will be from the handouts provided by instructor and supplemental reading list.
Day One Classroom Management Strategies
Most effective student management techniques
Fabulous time savers for more effective teaching
Goal setting and time management
Developing student behavior contracts
Alternative program models - what works
Effectively involving community and parents
Easy ways to track progress via portfolios and other assessment tools
Effective parent communication and productive conferencing tools
Day Two Dealing with Stresses and Stressors
Disaster management planning
Violence prevention techniques
Warning signs predicting violence and aggression
Grief counseling techniques for the classroom teacher
Teacher anger management skills
Managing student procrastination
Inclusion strategies for a successful classroom
Day Three Adventure Day
Our traditional "adventure day" consists of taking our strategies and techniques into the field.
A full day, low impact, adventure will be planned to allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
You will learn team building skills and techniques that will be directly applicable to your classroom situation.
This day is a highlight of the workshop, and will allow you to successfully integrate what you've learned.
Day Four Increasing Student Achievement and Motivation
Integrating children's literature across the curriculum
Strengthening reading skills
Developing student concentration skills
Daily tools for monitoring student achievement
Addressing teacher needs for working with smaller class sizes
Best strategies and techniques for motivating the at-risk student
Day Five Technology
Learn to create web pages
Best internet sites for curriculum assistance
Preparing students for a global economy
Internet projects to enhance instruction
Homework hotlines---how to benefit
Using the internet for parent communication
Closing the technology gap
Life guarding skills for web surfer's parents
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