DEVELOP GROWTH MINDSET AND SELF-REGULATION HABITS IN STUDENTS
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
ALL grade K-12 educators who work with diverse learners!
- Principals and district level leaders
- Curriculum development specialists
- Professional learning communities
- Title I teachers and administrators
BENEFITS OF MOVEMENT AND ACTIVE LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM:
- Increase engagement with directed movement and mindful learning
- Create a collaborative classroom community
- Expand students’ ability to self-regulate
- See a reduction of inappropriate or undesirable classroom behaviors
- Help students focus on interdisciplinary content learning activities
- Develop academic and content-specific vocabulary and language skills
- Relate to your class in a more natural, authentic way as facilitator instead of lecturer
- Develop a classroom that embodies a growth mindset
Leave the conference with practical tools you can use in your own classroom the very next day!
Developing Vocabulary and Language with Kinesthetic Learning Activities
Research indicates the value of creating non-linguistic representations of text and vocabulary to develop deep understanding. Based on her co-authored book, The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Dr. Katie McKnight will show how kinesthetic activities develop academic and content specific vocabulary and language skills.
The evidence is clear: Students have to MOVE to really engage in learning!
Creative and improvisational exercises help develop interdisciplinary literacy skills and content knowledge. They also boost skills that are crucial for student learning: listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, vocabulary, and more.
“We only think when we are confronted with problems.” John Dewey
When used appropriately in the classroom, kinesthetic learning activities, creative play, and mindful pauses:
- Develop and demand focus which contributes to student self-regulation
- Align students' physical and mental states
- Encourage students of all ages to engage their intuitive energy and develop problem-solving skills
- Grow problem-solving abilities through the merging of action and thought
- Develop a generative and growth mindset
“The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.” Maria Montessori
Throughout this conference, Dr. McKnight will discuss the many connections between academic achievement, student self-regulation, mindful/kinesthetic learning, and improvisational creative play.
Doors open for check-in
- Light Breakfast (provided)
8:30a - 12:00p
- The research
- Creating classroom unity for learning
- Readying the mind for learning
- Activities to promote authentic learning
12:00p - 1:00p
- Informal question & answer with the experts
- Network with like-minded colleagues
- Light catered lunch (provided)
1:00p - 3:00p
- More activities to promote authentic learning
- Assessing active learning
- Making room for movement in your classroom and schedule