Joy and Success for Teachers
All Indwelling Language workshops are customizable and combinable based on your goals and needs. Some of the most popular workshops are described below; the bottom of this page has more information on customizing or booking a workshop.
***I am available to provide inservices, courses, mentoring, consulting, and other services ONLINE, and have lots of experience doing so! Sheltering in order to fight the spread of Covid-19 doesn't have to mean putting professional development on hold. Whether you want training in any of the areas outlined on this page or would like an online version of any of my other Services, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
I also encourage you to check out the CI-SOS webinar series on which I have collaborated with Fluency Fast and several other trainers.
Hands-on workshops are an energizing way to experience, understand, and practice new techniques and tasks. Departmental workshops also create a shared learning experience that colleagues can draw on long after the workshop. They are typically designed based on correspondence with a representative of the department or district, and tend to include a combination of the following:
♦ Low-prep tasks that maximize target language input and interaction.
◊ allow students to get comfortable with advanced language much earlier than usual ◊ build buy-in and classroom community ◊ are scalable for any level of language ◊ can be implemented without severely disrupting teachers' current practices ◊ can be repeated with the same group of students without getting old ◊ are effective for learners of any language, including English ◊ inspire and motivate students to further target-language interactions
♦ Tasks and tools for building students' literacy in the target language.
◊ boost students' overall reading comprehension ◊ raise students' interest in target-language literature and other media ◊ enhance students' target-language writing skills ◊ include activities for before, during, and after use of a text or other media
♦ Routines and tools that maximize the flow of classroom interactions,
◊ question-asking techniques to sustain compelling conversations ◊ techniques for beginning and ending a class or task ◊ student jobs—their value and how to use them ◊ gestures that enhance comprehension and participation ◊ body and voice techniques that heighten interest, attention, and memorability
What is a typical workshop format?
Workshops balance demonstration, during which teachers experience as students the activities and techniques that I model, with guided practice, during which teachers apply the techniques themselves with coaching from me. At the end of a workshop, I lead participants through a series of questions that help them reflect on the workshop in relation to their own situations and set goals for implementation. On-site workshops are sometimes split into multiple sessions with other meetings and services in between, based on the wishes and schedule of the school/district.