Archive | April, 2011

Creativity in the Classroom

25 Apr

What exactly is  our educational summer institute all about? We’re glad you asked. In a nutshell, creativity! We believe every classroom can and should be a creative classroom promoting creative ideas and creative thinking by students and their teacher.

You might say, ”I’m not creative, I can’t attend a summer workshop on creativity!” That is probably the very reason why you need to attend. You don’t need to be creative to teach creatively- you just need to realize the impact creative teaching will have in your classroom and beg, borrow, or steal ideas from the teacher next-door! Let us be your teachers next-door. Ask a child to do something and they just do it!  The child in your kindergarten or primary class doesn’t question creativity and you shouldn’t either. More importantly that feeling needs to be extended well beyond the primary classroom. Every student at any grade-level and even teachers need to be shown that they too can think creatively. We are determined to make that happen!

Why is creativity in the classroom so important? We believe in our ever changing world the need for creative thinkers will be crucial. Corporations need problem-solvers and creative thinkers are problem solvers.

The best way to become a better reader, is to read. The best way to become a better writer is to write. And, the best way to become more creative is to create! We have a wealth of ideas to share that will enable you to sneak fun and creative  practices into your curriculum and meet the national standards. Come experience the hands-on activities first hand and be ready to kick-off your most exciting and creative year of teaching in the fall of 2011.

Who should attend the two day educational summer institute? Although our primary target audience is the classroom teacher of kindergarteners through fifth grade, this opportunity will benefit anyone who believes that now is the time to bring creativity back into our classrooms. Those who are paying attention to what is happening right now in education understand the importance of teaching today’s students problem-solving and critical thinking skills to prepare them for the ever-changing world they will encounter in the future. Administrators, art teachers, gifted and talented instructors, librarians, special educators and even concerned parents along with anyone wanting to come learn and join in the creative play will want to attend.

Funding for Professional Development

16 Apr

Hello teachers. It’s time to get creative in finding ways to fund your professional development.  First and foremost, it doesn’t hurt to ask your PTA or PTO if they would be willing to provide mini-grants for professional development.  They often do this.  And do it willingly!

Another often overlooked source may be your own contract. I know the district where I taught had a provision in our contract for a “pot of money” to be  divided equally between all staff members who attended the yearly state teacher’s conference. In addition there was a second sum of money to be used towards all other conferences. Most teachers were unaware of this second source of money even though it was and still is in their current contract. I frequently applied to the latter funding to help cover my expenses for week long conferences I wanted to attend during the summer.

There are many resources on the internet as well that offer grants to teachers for professional development. Here are a few that may provide you with resources for funding:

http://teachingtoday.glencoe.com/howtoarticles/funding-professional-development

http://www.teacherscount.org/teacher/grants.shtml

http://www.grants4teachers.com/

http://www.technologygrantnews.com/grant-index-by-type/k-12-grants.html

I know that many districts realizing the importance of providing enriched programing to their students and staff have formed Educational Foundations. It doesn’t hurt to ask if they would be willing to cover professional development experiences for staff members too! Look at your local resources, your PTA, PTO, Education Foundations, perhaps other service organizations in your community.  You may be pleasantly surprised. Be creative!
What’s the worst that could happen?

We’re Letting It Out Of The BOX: Brod Bagert will be part of our Summer Institute!

8 Apr

We are thrilled to announce that poet and award-winning author  Brod Bagert will be joining us at the Teaching Out Of The Box Summer Institute in July! You won’t want to miss the opportunity to be a part of this educational experience. Read more about Brod at http://www.brodbagert.com

Get complete information on the Summer Institute by clicking HERE.

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