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.
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.