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Creekside Christian Academy On-Site Methodology Workshop
September 16 - September 17
In this introductory workshop, you will explore the instructional strategies of master educators. The Mockingbird Methodology is a responsive teaching approach that meets the biopsychosocial needs of vulnerable learners.* The research-based approach organizes strategies of Master Educators into 4 categories of teaching strategies that make learning:
- Psychologically Safe
- Socially non-threatening
The 2-day workshop focuses on instructional habits in each of the 4 areas. Participants explore the WHAT, WHY, AND HOW for strategies and engage in an experiential learning experience that provides a model for the methodology approach.
September 16 and 17
- EXPLORE Methodology strategies.
- EXAMINE research, rationale and application.
- EXPERIENCE the Methodology in motion.
- Create a FIRST STEP PLAN for implementation.
This course begins with an introduction to the Mockingbird Methodology followed by an exploration of strategies in each of the four categories: 1) visible, 2) psychologically safe, 3) active, and 4) socially non-threatening. The workshop is an introductory workshop and is accompanied with online resources and materials.
We are committed to creating fun, engaging, and participatory experiences that help participants’ process, think, reflect, interact with, and apply workshop information and strategies. We understand your time is valuable. We will not waste your time. Our goal is to share effective strategies that you can apply immediately in your classroom. We approach professional development with an “I Am Not Afraid of Better!” attitude, meaning that regardless of your teaching skill and experience, our facilitators will focus on processes and strategies that every teacher can use to grow towards instructional mastery.
Our workshop norms and engagement help us provide safe, affirming, and fun learning environments. THE WORKSHOP IS...
- MULTI-SENSORY. Expect to move, talk, emote, and interact. Wear comfortable shoes! Travel light, we will move around a lot.
- INTERACTIVE. Expect to discuss, collaborate, contribute, and share. Don’t expect silly ice-breakers and time-wasters.
- COMMUNITY-CENTRIC. Expect to be supportive of your peers (regardless of their level of teaching expertise) and expect to be supported (regardless of your level of teaching expertise).
- INTRODUCTORY. Expect to find support and detailed information about concepts and strategies in the Online materials provided by your facilitator.
- HUMANISTIC, SCIENTIFIC, AND ARTISTIC. Teaching is a science and an art. Humanistic learning experiences help us understand content while we simultaneously find personal meaning.
- PERSONAL. Expect your facilitator to work hard to make learning a positive experience for YOU. In the course registration you will complete a learner profile so your facilitator better understands you and can meet your unique needs.
We are so excited you are participating in this workshop. As your facilitator, we will work hard to make sure that you have the best learning experience. Our workshop may be different than what you have experienced so we want to make sure you are comfortable.
- Facilitate a LEARNER EXPERIENCE not just content.
- Are the GUIDES, not the source of knowledge
- Continually communicate the ‘WHY’.
- MODEL AND DEMONSTRATE what they teach.
- EARN credibility through WHAT and HOW they teach.
- Manage learner vulnerability and social dynamics with TRANSPARENCY AND HONESTY.
- Are facilitators AND PARTICIPATING MEMBERS of the learning group.
- Model and demonstrate INTEREST, ENTHUSIASM, AND EXCITEMENT.
Tamara Thompson, M.S., is CEO and founder of Mockingbird Education. She is an award-winning educator and has received state and national recognition for both instruction and curriculum. Tamara is a former 2003 Teacher of the Year for the Austin area, a recipient of the Michael Jordan Foundation’s Innovation Grant Award, a recipient of Southern Poverty Law’s Teaching For Tolerance Grant Award, a former YBUSA Teacher Fellows and in 2010 was awarded a Research Doctoral Fellows at University of North Texas in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Meet Workshop FacilitatorTamara ThompsonClick video icon to meet your workshop facilitator.Tamara’s Virtual Avatar
Date: September 16-17th