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2016 Teacher Renew U workshops

Renew, rejuvenate and grow your professional expertise this summer at St. Cloud State.

The 2016 Teacher Renew U workshops are designed to engage teachers around topics that will help them develop their professional skills as well as personal growth. Each day-long workshop will provide information, skills and expertise teachers can take back to their classrooms in the field.

Monday, June 13 – Thursday, June 16
Education Building

Select a workshop title below to view details for individual sessions.

Make it Happen at St. Cloud State's Discovery Lab

June 13, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Room: EB A125
Instructors: Dr. Marcia Thompson, Tiffany Miley

Join in the makerspace movement happening around the globe by exploring St. Cloud State’s Discovery Lab and learn how you can begin bringing this concept into your own classroom.

Through this session you will:

  • Collaborate with your peers to complete hands-on activities with the Sphero and Ozobot robots.
  • Create circuits with LittleBits and Circuitscribe tools.
  • Use your iPad to arrange wooden puzzle pieces to match on-screen shapes, draw an image based upon a picture from the camera and many other options with Osmo.
  • Turn almost anything into a keyboard or mouse button with Makey Makey Go.
  • Develop your creative thinking skills while participating in the Extraordinaires Design Studio and various Thinkfun games

Be prepared to play and think hard!

Communication and Intervention Methods for Parents and Children with Different Learning Styles

June 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Room: EB 226
Instructor: Kyounghee Seo

This is a special topics class for graduate students who are seeking their license or degrees in special education. The purpose of this class is to provide graduate students history and background knowledge in the area of special education in the United States. Students will be given opportunity to access peer reviewed educational intervention research papers and apply knowledge obtained throughout the literature search in their actual teaching.

Game-based Learning

June 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Room: EB A124 
Instructor: Dr. Jeanne Anderson

At the end of this workshop you will be able to identify the research-based benefits of games that simulate real life experience — physical, emotional, and intellectual — in a safe, social environment. You will evaluate a variety of digital games and prototype at least one game using free software.

Helping Students Gain Inner Wealth

June 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Room: EB A226
Instructors: Dr. Marc Markell, Michele Rogers

This workshop will include the positive intervention strategies of the Nurtured Heart Approach. The Nurtured Heart Approach is a social and emotional strategy that encourages greatness and changes students’ negative behaviors into positive behaviors. This approach also teaches students to builds “Inner Wealth.”

Mindfulness and Stress Management for Teachers

June 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Room: EB A226 
Instructor: Dr. Steven Hoover

Mindfulness and stress management have become integral topics in schools and the emerging research shows clear benefits to teachers and students of implementing mindfulness strategies in classrooms. Benefits include reduction in stress; increases in student engagement; increases in positive emotions and a variety of additional socio-emotional and learning engagement benefits.

This participatory day-long workshop will focus on mindfulness strategies educators may use with both their students and themselves to reduce the negative effects of stress, and to create classrooms designed around positive emotions, attention, engagement and effective socio-emotional strategies.

Participants can expect to engage personally in activities that can be modified for students as well as specific classroom activities that can be incorporated into daily schedules. Come expecting to be fully engaged throughout the day and bring a yoga mat, comfortable clothing, water and a lunch – there will be a special activity at noon.

Quirky or Serious: Signs of Early-Onset Mental Illness

June 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Room: EB A227
Instructor: Dr. Marc Markell

Many students from preschool through high school behave in an antisocial or disruptive manner. Most of the time these behaviors are just part of the development process; however, sometimes these behaviors are a warning sign of a mental illness. This workshop will address some common mental illnesses in children and what are the warning signs for each illness.

Flipping Your Classroom

June 16, 8 a.m.-noon
Room: EB A124
Instructor: Dr. Jeanne Anderson

This half-day workshop focuses on creating lessons for a flipped classroom. We will use Google Hangouts and Udutu online learning solutions to create lessons that incorporate best practices and allow you more time for hands-on learning in the classroom.

Inference and Paraphrasing: Strategies for Teaching These Skills in a Fun and Understandable Manner.

June 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Room: EB A226
Instructors: Dr. Marc Markell, Michele Rogers

Teaching inference or paraphrasing to students can seem overwhelming and complicated. This workshop will teach teachers two straightforward strategies that can be used with students in upper elementary, high school and college. Both strategies can be modified to be used with younger students.