I wonder how many educators can say they have attended a teacher training workshop on a Friday evening? Well on Friday, January 22nd forty early childhood educators and after-care teachers from Marion County, Florida participated in a two hour hands-on-minds-on science teacher training workshop. Participants made ramps out of race car tracks and blocks to study force, motion, and energy concepts. Then it was onto exploring the natural world by observing and analyzing a wide-assortment of objects from nature. Participants were given plenty of opportunities to explore and discover on their own and in small groups, much like what should take place within all classrooms. The workshop came to a close, and as I looked around the room I knew that these teachers would go back to their classrooms eager to explore science with their students.
Archive for January, 2010
During the past twenty-five years I’ve conducted over 600 hands-on science teacher training science workshops to thousands of educators across the nation. The science content remains a constant, however, the geographical location and the make-up of the participants make each of the workshops I’ve conducted over the years very unique. From the inception of my educational consulting business I knew that I would have to create a learning environment for adults that was exciting, engaging, motivating, and most of all challenging. Through the years I’ve learned to blend all these components into my presentations. It’s not difficult to conduct a workshop that is fun, it’s an entirely different story to conduct a workshop where the participants are challenged, and are introduced to explorations and concepts that can be realistically undertaken within their classrooms, resulting in positive long-term benefits for all. The attached photo is from a recent workshop I conducted where teacher participants were actively engaged in the entire learning process, this is what teacher training is all about.