Faculty Professional Development

Presentations:

Taking it to the Next Level

The nature of Sleep in Learning through the three stages of higher development: Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition as evidenced and practiced in the classroom by the teacher and with their students.

 Teaching into the Future

How do we incorporate the “unfinished” in every lesson?  How do we engage students to self-directed activities? Relationships with students and the role of ‘Student Voice’ is at the center of this presentation. The balance between teacher presentation and student participation in classroom.

Clownmind in the  Classroom

What is learning and how do you measure it? What is the role of imagination in imparting knowledge? Imaginative techniques for class teachers. Game playing a lesson plan. Riddles and the laughing classroom. Learning through laughter and tears. Stretching the soul development of children in the Grades.


Workshops

Unleashing images in stone (workshop for Middle and high school teachers)
Stone carving is especially important in the upper grades as it allows the transformation from a hard substance to come into form through an inner imagination. This can have a strong effect on teens as they 'carve' their way into their place in the world.
How does one 'see' images in stone without bringing intellectual representation into it? Basic stone carving techniques will be explored and practiced; cultivating our inner imagination to guide us.
*Materials must be provided.

Working Actively with Imagination through Clay Sculpture (Workshop for teachers teaching Grade 1-12))
This workshop is directed for teachers and parents who are working with curriculum themes. We will actively form clay sculptures based on lesson themes. An example from the early grades would be models of plants and animals arising from the clay through story-telling. Explorations of History and Geography through forms, lines and images of Ancient Civilizations, Geometry, Astronomy and Botany to name just a few. Grade 7 and 8 lessons include transforming clay through the Platonic Solids, mathematical configurations of the Fibonacci sequence and sculptural explorations of concave, convex and angular movements.
*Materials will need to be provided.