Do More for Students by Doing Less for Students (Grades 3-12)
Presented by David Ginsburg
Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 3-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, Title I Staff, and Administrators
- How to enable and empower your students to be more successful learners
- Practical methods to cultivate resourcefulness, resilience and other vital traits your students need for success in and out of school
- Innovative ideas to engage students in productive struggle, and how to avoid short circuiting this important process
- Keys to assessing and addressing diverse learning needs in ways that build students’ momentum and drive to succeed
Practical Ideas and Strategies
This highly innovative and interactive seminar will enhance your ability to engage and empower students as self-reliant, resourceful and resilient learners. You’ll learn how to help students unlearn learned helplessness by cultivating a classroom culture where struggle and mistakes are seen as essential elements of the learning process. You’ll also learn how to take a whole-child approach that targets academic skills as well as key character traits students need to succeed in and out of school. As a result, you’ll be better equipped to assess and address the diverse needs of all your students.
David “Coach G” Ginsburg, an award-winning educator, popular Education Week blogger, and leading authority on student-centered education, will share the compelling research-based rationale for teachers shifting from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side.” He will also describe and demonstrate in practical terms how to make this shift, drawing upon his own evolution as a teacher and his experience as an instructional coach. David’s seminar promises to be provocative and practical.
You’ll discover current practices of yours that may unintentionally set students up for failure. And you’ll be inspired and prepared to implement alternative practices that set your students up for success.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- What Every Educator Needs to Know About Enabling Student Success
Discover why many commonly used classroom practices actually set students up for future failure … Learn numerous strategies and practices you can employ that will truly enable your students to be successful
- Reverse the Trend of Learned Helplessness
Discover how we, as educators, often unintentionally contribute to students overly relying on us … Learn the keys to reversing this tendency, so our students can develop strong self-reliance
- Cultivate Non-Academic Traits Students Need to be Successful
Explore practical ways to help your students develop resourcefulness, resilience, persistence, and other vital traits they will need to be successful in school and in life
- Strike an Optimal Balance Between Student Independence and Collaboration
Discover proven strategies and methods designed to optimize students’ opportunities to think and learn both on their own and in collaboration with others
- Energize Students Through Active Learning
Learn powerful ways to accommodate students’ innate desire to explore … Innovative strategies to engage students in “learning by doing”
- Help Your Students Embrace Their Mistakes
Create a culture where mistakes are celebrated as building blocks of meaningful learning … How to liberate your students from fear of making mistakes
- Normalize Struggle as an Essential Part of the Learning Process
Explore essential ways to plan and facilitate powerful learning … Discover how to engage your students in productive struggle in order to maximize their learning
- Support Students Through Scaffolding, Not Hand-Holding
Examine effective scaffolding strategies you can use with your students … Proven methods to avoid inadvertently short-circuiting the learning process
- Enable Your Students’ Full Learning Potential
Discover practical, research-based approaches and techniques you can use to unlock students’ full learning potential in your classroom … Learn proven ways you can maximize student effort
- Target Key Skills and Receive a Comprehensive Resource Handbook
Explore highly effective ways to help students develop self-discipline, self-confidence, self-reliance, self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-determination … In addition, you will receive a comprehensive resource handbook specifically designed to help you do more for your students by doing less for your students
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- Practical strategies to help your students unlearn learned helplessness
- Empowering ways to cultivate the non-academic traits students need for success in and out of school
- Powerful and doable ways to maximize student ownership of their learning
- Innovative practices that cultivate self-reliance and collaboration among students
- Proven, replicable models for engaging students in active learning
- How to build and sustain a culture where mistakes are embraced as “learnable moments”
- Why and how to prepare for students’ mistakes rather than prevent them
- Tips and tools for engaging students in productive struggle
- Alternatives to common practices that stifle college and career readiness
- Policies and practices that stress, reinforce and elicit maximal student effort
- Ways to help students develop self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline
- How to ensure the right balance of support and accountability for students as learners
- Learning activities that simultaneously target academic content and higher-order thinking skills
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
We educators genuinely desire to help children. But sometimes our helpfulness inadvertently hurts our students. Many students, for example, ask for help after barely attempting a task on their own, and we reinforce their helplessness by obliging them. That’s why it’s called learned helplessness. And the more students depend on us now, the less prepared they’ll be for future endeavors that require self-reliance, resourcefulness and resilience.
The good news is that since we can contribute to students learning helplessness, we can help them unlearn it. In other words, for students to unlearn helplessness, we as teachers need to relearn helpfulness. But how can we resist jumping in to help students as soon as their hands go up? How can we give students time to learn more independently and still get through the curriculum? And how can we prevent students from becoming so frustrated that they shut down or disrupt class?
Join me for a provocative and practical day filled with ideas that create student-centered classrooms where struggle is normalized and mistakes are celebrated; classrooms where students are engaged and empowered as self-reliant and collaborative learners; classrooms where students develop the academic skills and character traits required for success both in and out of school; classrooms where students exude confidence, pride and fulfillment as they learn and grow to their potential.
P.S. The ideas I’ll be sharing at this seminar have helped dramatically enhance student participation and performance in my own and in many other teachers’ classrooms.
Who Should Attend
Educators Serving Grades 3-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, Title I Staff, and Administrators
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
- Strategies and tools that promote student ownership of learning
- Resources for planning and facilitating instructional activities that engage students in productive struggle
- Tips and tools for reinforcing non-academic behaviors students need to be successful
Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in doing more for their students by doing less for their students.
David Ginsburg will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own 3-12 program.
Semester Credit Option
Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.
Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.
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