Robyn Hartzell K-12 Education Consulting Services

workshops

These workshops are created based on needs and current educational trends. They are designed to be interactive and give teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators practical strategies for implementing foundational and innovative concepts of learning. The workshop sessions can be customized to meet specific needs or time frames. For more information on current workshops available for request or to learn more about having a customized professional learning session created for your campus/district , click the button below.

Caution! Students Thinking- Developing a Classroom Culture of Critical Thinking

We often hear that critical thinking is a necessary 21st century skill, and most educators will say that they want their students to be critical thinkers. However, we often inadvertently use classroom strategies that devalue critical thinking. This session will explore what critical thinking truly is and how developing it in students impacts the fundamental role of the teacher. We will explore specific strategies for building classroom cultures which foster global thinking dispositions and discuss the implications that this type of environment has on teaching and learning.

Letting Go: Practical Strategies to Move from Teacher-Driven to Student-Centered Learning

Most teachers know that students should be at the center of classroom decisions; however, many classrooms are still directed primarily by the teacher. Even when methods such as guided groups, stations, and flipped learning are used, they are still mainly driven by the teacher. This session will look at how teachers can turn the responsibility for determining the content, processes, and products that we want students to learn and use over to the students while still meeting the requirements of curriculum and standardized testing and how they will help deepen students’ learning by doing so.

Literacy for Generation Z- Teaching the Reading, Writing, and Communication Skills of Tomorrow Today

Today’s students need to know how to read, write, and communicate just as we always have needed those skills; but today’s students are inundated with new ways that those skills must be applied. As they move into the future, they will encounter even more new territories that will make it necessary to adapt skills they have and use them to develop new ones. This session will explore how the fundamental skills that we rely on to be literate are evolving and changing and how educators can help students develop the flexible literacies needed for an ever-changing future.

REAL Coaching- Instructional Coaching Foundations Academy (Available March 1)

This 2-day academy will focus on the basics of providing Relevant, Effective, Authentic, and Learning-Centered (REAL) coaching. Participants will learn about various coaching approaches, communication techniques, how to develop the traits of an effective coach, how to determine teacher needs, and how to provide support with "bang for your buck" coaching strategies. This session will utilize role-playing, collaboration, and authentic examples from real coaching experiences to give participants a foundation upon which to build their coaching expertise.

Thinking Required - Making Thinking a NECESSARY Tool in the Classroom

Teachers spend a lot of time planning lessons that seem to be rigorous yet actually require very little thinking from the student. This session will look at ways that teachers can ensure thinking is occurring and how they can boost the level of thinking that is required in their classes. We will explore instructional design strategies that encourage deeper levels of thinking from the student with less work from the teacher.

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