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Presenter: Nini White

Co-presenter(s):  Wendy Zacuto, MA, Ed. 
Workshop Title: Teach Smarter, Not Harder: Learn Circle Time Discussion Strategies for Social-Emotional Development and School Readiness
Track: Curriculum - Social/Emotional Competence
Age Group: Other Age Group
Age Group Other Comments: 4 - 7 year olds
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Apr 21, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

Room Location: Conference Center Lower Level
Meeting Room Name: 102
Theater Style: 150

Learning Level: Appropriate for All

Language: English

Course Description

This workshop is for all educators - beginner through advanced - who are motivated to create mutually respectful and collaborative classroom environments. When students, from their earliest school days, directly experience that everyone's perspective matters, including their own, roots of healthy belonging are nurtured. Recent school shooting tragedies once again highlight the necessity of empowering teachers to successfully neutralize all students' feelings of isolation and exclusion. Of course children need lessons and instructions, but they also need consistent acknowledgment of their own and peers' understanding - around topics that are personally relevant. In other words: the social-emotional dimensions of their lives. This is a scientifically validated and evidence-based approach for teachers to build healthy belonging in the classroom for constructive collaborations throughout each day. Participants will gain hands-on practice with an uncomplicated approach that activates students' enthusiastic engagement in shared-thinking opportunities around a wide variety of real-life situations: other people's feelings, fairness, safety, manners, other people's property, the environment, animal care, friendships, family relationships, shopping, restaurants ... and more.

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