We survive as middle school teachers because middle school teachers know and understand that having a sense of humor, building positive strong relationships, and being able to manage our middle ones are critical to our survival as middle level educators. Join me as we have fun laughing, playing, and celebrating all the great things about being a middle school teacher.
Breakout Session - Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Motivating the Middle School Student
Looking for a little “spice” to fire up your students? Want quick, easy activities to engage your class? Learn hands-on activities and strategies designed to motivate the middle school student. Activities used in a geography class will be presented but can be easily adapted to any subject matter.
Breakout Session - If You Can't Manage Them, You Can't Teach Them
Having the ability to manage kids is a must in creating a classroom where all students have an opportunity to learn. Learn practical techniques to implement in your classroom to help create a positive learning climate.
Breakout Session - Managing Boys & Girls is Different: Strategies to Manage Boys
Working with middle school students requires teachers to manage student behavior on a daily basis … but managing boys and girls requires different techniques and strategies. In this active and engaging session, we take a look at research-based differences between genders. You'll come away with specific tools and strategies to manage boys.
Breakout Session - Managing Boys & Girls is Different: Strategies to Manage Girls
Working with middle school students requires teachers to manage student behavior on a daily basis … but managing boys and girls requires different techniques and strategies. In this active and engaging session, we take a look at research-based differences between genders. You'll come away with specific tools and strategies to manage girls.
Breakout Session - After School Programs: Rigor without Mortis
Just saying you have an after school program is not enough. Please join me as we discuss a successful after school program, Students On Academic Rise (SOAR), created specifically to address the achievement gap. Participants will leave the session with ideas and tools to implement effective after school programs in their schools.
Breakout Session - Engaging Boys ... Yes, It Is Possible!
71% of the discipline referrals in public schools are boys. Join Kim as we discuss brain development of boys, strategies to engage boys, and ways to motivate boys to be successful in your classroom. Participants will leave with hands-on activities that work with boys ... and the girlss love them, too!
Breakout Session - Got Mean Girls??
Every school has mean girls, Queen Bees, and Wannabees. In this session, we explore relational aggression among girls. Participants will learn the causes and strategies to combat this horrible phenomenon.
Breakout Session - PBIS: Positive Behavior Intervention & Support Systems
PBIS is a nationally known program implemented by schools to create a positive culture for students and staff. What can you as an individual educator do to influence the learning environment? Join Kim for a lively discussion of the practical ways you can improve the culture and climate in your building.
Breakout Session - Addressing the Achievement Gap…the Time is NOW!
One of the most important issues facing education in America today is the achievement gap. Tap into Kim's experience as she shares strategies and techniques that she has found helpful in motivating, engaging, and working with students of color.
Breakout Session - Brain Boosters ... On Steroids!
Kids can only actively listen to you for as many minutes as their age. Therefore, we must move our students or they will move us in ways we wish we could forget. Join Kim as she demonstrates and models several brain boosters to get kids moving and having fun in your class.
Breakout Session - Spectacular Simulation!
Students love simulations and research shows that students retain and understand more when they are personally engaged in the lesson. Join Kim in learning about a simulation called "Baldicers", a great lesson for middle school students to reflect on world hunger, world poverty, and how countries of the world must rely on each other. Session attendees will actively participate in the simulation while learning how to be the facilitator. Participants will leave the session with all the necessary materials to implement Baldicers into their curriculum. Baldicers can be used in any content area to stimulate conversation and discussion.
Breakout Session - Rigor, Relationships, and Relevance: The New 3R's
Want to create a classroom that is rigorous, relevant, and relationship-based? Attend this session to discuss, dialogue and learn practical strategies to create this classroom. Strategies will include differentiation, higher order thinking skills, and simple ways to build community and relationships. Participants will leave the session with many ideas and strategies to add to their toolboxes.
Breakout Session - Ten Tips to Survive Being a New Teacher
Being a new teacher can be challenging ... but we need you, our communities need you, our country needs you, and, most importantly, our kids need you! Join Kim as we discuss ten ways to hang in there, balance the chaos, and stay in the greatest profession in the world.
Breakout Session - Just Because They Write It Down, Doesn't Mean They Get It!
Covering your content is one thing ... making sure your students understand it is another. Join Kim as we discuss quick, engaging, and practical strategies to incorporate into your class so students leave understanding the content, not just hearing the content.