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Rediscovering the Joy in Teaching and Learning!
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When: 9/22/2017
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Jemicy School Lower/Middle Campus
11 Celadon Road
Owings Mills, Maryland  21117
United States

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This day-long conference is designed to share with teachers practical teaching strategies and techniques that can be immediately utilized to support and enhance student learning. Every classroom is diverse, and it is essential that teachers are able to engage and inspire a range of learners. Each participant will be able to attend 4 different hour-long workshops spanning a variety of content areas (writing, spelling, math, vocabulary, mindfulness, phonemic awareness, etc) throughout the course of the day. Below are the course descriptions. Upon registering, be prepared to select the courses that you would like for each of the four blocks.


 Block 1 (9:00-10:00)
• Pokemon Math
• Hands-on History
• Paragraphology
• Attacking Sight Words
• I AM Yoga
• Solving the Mystery of Mixing it Up
Block 2 (10:15-11:15)
• Fun with Fractions
• Paragraphology
• Systematically Spicing Up Writing
• If I Can’t Picture It; I Can’t Understand It
• Awakening the Artist in You and Your Students
• Get Them Moving, Get Them Learning (gr. K-4) 

Block 3 (11:30-12:30)
• Using “Hands on Equations”
• Notetaking and Study Skills in the SS Classroom
• Poetry with a Purpose
• Powering Comprehension
• I AM Yoga
• Get Them Moving, Get Them Learning (gr. 5-8)

Block 4 (1:30-2:30)
• Driving Instruction Through Primary Sources
• You’ve Been Sentenced
• Attacking Sight Words
• Vivacious Vocab
• Games and Activities to Promote Mastery of Math and Reading Skills 

Language (reading & written expression)
Title: Paragraphology - Writing Through Color-Coding
Description: (gr.1-8)
Using various colors, the writing process from basic paragraph through an essay will be broken down and presented in a systematic way that can be implemented within any subject area immediately. It gives sentences a purpose through a formula that is tangible and multisensory.

Title: You've Been Sentenced
Description: (gr. 3-8)
Let's be honest, grammar is pretty lame. Using a healthy dose of creativity and the card game “You've Been Sentenced,” grammar concepts become easily attainable for all learners. You'll become familiar with the game itself and be given templates and instructions to implement immediately in your classroom.

Title: Now We're Cookin'! Systematically Spicing Up Writing
Description: (gr. 3-8)
Julia Child noted that “no one is born a great cook; one learns by doing." Similarly, great writers develop as skills are made tangible through scaffolded modeling and practice. Help make your students' writing more flavorful by adding spices that include specific nouns, zesty adjectives, appositive phrases, similes and metaphors, vivid verbs, sentence expanders, and sensory imagery.

Title: If I Can't Picture It, I Can't Understand It: Teaching Comprehension
Description: (gr. 1-8)
Good decoding and fluent reading does not guarantee comprehension. Specific activities and strategies will be shared for explicitly teaching comprehension skills, including inferences, predictions, main ideas, vocabulary, background knowledge, and recall. Strategies will be drawn from various programs and methodologies.

Title: Powering Comprehension
Description: (gr. 4-8)
This workshop will use a variety of technology to enhance comprehension of vocabulary, stories/novels, and expository text. Participants will have hands-on experience creating vocabulary guides, creating and using hyperlinked presentations, and exploring virtual reality.

Title: Vivacious Vocab
Description: (gr. 3-8)
Creative ways to make vocabulary stick. Tools and games presented and examples given to take back to your classroom

Title: Poetry With A Purpose
Description: (gr. K-4)
This workshop will demonstrate the use of poetry to encourage reluctant readers and writers. We will explore using poetry to build fluency and oral reading skills, comprehending/visualizing the meaning of the poetry, and reinforcing skills such as syllables and parts of speech (nouns, verbs, and adjectives). Examples of activities used with a larger group or a select few will be shared along with favorite poets for this age group that help to instill the love of poetry and build the confidence of the student.

Title: Attacking Sight Words in the 21st Century to Address Memory Challenges
Description: (gr. K-8)
If students cannot recall sight words, it hinders fluency, comprehension, written expression, and independence. How does a teacher help the student who is struggling with memory challenges and recalling these words? This presentation will explore research findings that support utilizing multiple intelligence to strengthen memory, as well as, explore iPad apps and practical strategies anyone can do with a student in five minutes. Participants will come away with many useful strategies to utilize in groups or with individuals.

Social Studies
Title: Hands-on History!
Description: (gr. K-5)
Participants will learn different strategies to help teach historical events in the lower school classroom. During the session, participants will see how the different strategies could be incorporated in a unit of study. The strategies are multi sensory, investigative, collaborative, and utilize technology in the classroom.

Title: Note Taking and Study Skills In the Social Studies Classroom
Description: (gr. 5-8)
Attendees will learn a color-coded note taking system, a modified Cornell Note. Along side this, different study methods will be used, demonstrated, and explained including the 5-5-5, the Traffic Light, Pictures Notes, and more!

Title: Driving Instruction through Primary Sources
Description: (gr. 6-8)
Attendees will gain the hands on skills needed to utilize primary sources in the classroom. Participants will summarize historical documents, pictures, and videos using various techniques and focusing on differentiation in the classroom. Specifically participants will be looking at a soldier’s perspective of Bunker Hill, images of the cold war, political cartoons, and President Clinton's Remarks to the People of Rwanda.


Title: Fun with Fractions
Description: (gr. 2-5)
Fraction centers and take away games and activities that help with the understanding of fractions. Information will also be given on how fractions are a foundation for the understanding of other units such as decimals and measurement.

Title: Pokémon Math
Description: (gr. K-5)
Incorporating a custom “Pokémon-style” card game to use as a classroom tool for assessment, review, and behavior management.

Title: Using "Hands on Equations" in the Math Classroom
Description: (gr. 2-8)
Learn how to solve one and two step algebraic equations using manipulatives.

Cross-curricular Integration (movement, art, interactive games)
Title: I Am Yoga
Description: (gr. K-5)
This interactive session will give participants the opportunity to learn yoga and mindfulness techniques for the classroom. It will focus on breathing, movement, calming, and redirecting activities to enhance classroom learning. We will incorporate language arts and math ideas.

Title: Get them Moving - Get them Learning

Description: (gr. K-4 & gr. 5-8)
Teaching English or math through movement; incorporating dance, drama, and music into your everyday teaching of skills. Kinesthetic learners will appreciate your style and all students will have fun learning! Writing a narrative is just like building a dance; Choreography is a mathematical equation!

Title: Solving the Mystery of Mixing it Up
Description: (gr. 4-8)
Integrating middle school English and math throughout the school day. This cross curricular workshop includes tools that excite students and integrate content through games, collaborative learning, and a little mystery. You will leave with ideas that you can instantly apply to your classroom.

Title: Games and Activities to Promote Mastery of Math and Reading Skills
Description: (gr. K-5)
Practice and reinforcement is essential for mastery of skills in the math and reading content areas. Games and activities to promote mastery will be demonstrated and played by participants during this workshop. By seeing how each activity can be adapted to either math or reading, participants will understand how the two subject areas can be integrated. Participants will leave with ideas they can incorporate into their classrooms the next day.

Title: Awakening the Artist in You and Your Students
Description: (gr.K-8)
At Jemicy, art is not just a special; it is an integral part of the academic day for all students. We will introduce the integration of art across the content areas. We will dispel all the stigma that surrounds art and get to the root of the belief that 'there is a little bit of artist in each of us'.

Lunch is included with this registration. Up to 75 registrants can be accommodated.  
AIMS Members: $100 (through September 8th) or $125 (After September 8th)
NON AIMS Members: $150  (through September 8th) or $175 (After September 8th)
Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after September 13th. 


Presenter Info: Jemicy School teachers will share their knowledge and expertise on the effective, multi-sensory teaching of specific content and skills. Jemicy School is a college preparatory program (Grades 1 to 12) that specializes in educating children with dyslexia or language related based learning differences. Our approach is rooted in understanding the needs of every student, recognizing their strengths, and celebrating their gifts in ways that support growth, knowledge, skill and creativity.

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