K-12 Classroom teachers

The 2012 MTSU Play Symposium will focus on the many options that technology provides to promote play and physical activity in the busy lives of children. Anticipated topics include using video games to promote physical activities; how technology has enhanced and inhibited physical activities; the use of applications to encourage, monitor, and sustain physical activity; and how technology has advanced our understanding of the effects of play on brain development.

A Classroom Comprehension Program - Session 1

A Classroom Comprehension Program - Session 2

A Classroom Comprehension Program - Session 3

A Classroom Reading Rate Program - Session 1

A Classroom Reading Rate Program - Session 2

A Classroom Reading Rate Program - Session 3

This session focuses on instructional strategies (e.g., acoustic highlighting) teachers and paraprofessionals can use in the classroom to make it more accessible for students with hearing loss. We look at the educational environment and how to make our classrooms acoustically appropriate for all students. In addition, we will discuss how best to work with the educational team including the interpreter, itinerant teacher, and speech-language pathologist.

One of the primary roles of special education teachers is helping regular educators make accommodations and modifications so that students with special needs can function in the least restrictive environment. Though most special educators seamlessly accommodate, modify, and adapt, it is difficult for many regular teachers to get a handle on what these terms mean and how to implement them. Participants will learn step-by-step how to modify and adapt instructional content for the struggling learner.

My students are speaking; now what? Building oral language is more than just talking. This session introduces structures to build students’ oral language through core academic conversations using the 5 core skills of academic conversations. The presenter offers strategies to increase interaction and facilitation of conversations and to develop methods for intentional practice of oral language.

Students with ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences, are inherently going to display their thorns throughout their school day. Their behavior many times is an outward expression of internal turmoil. This session is designed to help stakeholders identify and eliminate what we view as thorns and instead focus on the rose possessed by students of adverse experiences. We must cultivate our strategies as administrators, teachers, and counselors to minimize the impact of behaviors while supporting students.

This session will provide an overview on The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) and the impact of ACEs overall. Additionally, the presenter will discuss the relationship between ACEs and brain development, cognition, language development and issues related to immigration.

In this administrative discussion on developing a Title III procedure manual, Kim Henegar (Director of Title III and Testing, Warren County Schools) shares the procedures developed for her district.

A workshop on teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress. This workshop focused on the Woman's Suffrage movement in the United States. The workshop has been split into three parts for the website. This is part one covering concepts and demonstrations. Please also see part two covering teaching strategies and group participation, and the lecture on the history of the Suffrage movement by Dr. Nancy Schurr, both shown separately.

The music and tradecraft of Scots-Irish settlers had a tremendous influence on Tennessee history and culture. For example, the traditional dry-stack stone walls seen all over the upland South were brought here with the indentured workers who labored side-by-side with slaves in the nineteenth century. Further, much of our "traditional" music in the South has roots in Scotland and Ireland. Scots-Irish music and culture will be discussed and illustrated through live performances by two talented musicians.

Engaging high school students in authentic research experiences may sound far-fetched, but we have developed practical tools that can be integrated into the science curriculum to promote student research. We will chronicle the process by sharing how you take novice researchers (your students) through a research project from start to finish. Lesson plans with strategies that systematically address the process of integrating scientific research into the classroom setting and multiple forums for dissemination of student projects will be shared.

Everyone has heard of proteins and DNA, but how easy is it to analyze a sample? Come explore the application of advanced biotechnology that can be implemented in the high school classroom during a class period. Using specific tools, students can run a DNA or protein gel electrophoresis unit and obtain results for analysis. These biotechniques have applications to the National and State Science Standards in Science and Technology.

In a school with high poverty and more than half of its students receiving EL services, a number of gaps are likely to exist in language and vocabulary, culture, college and career planning, socio-economic circumstances, and mindset. The keys to bridging these gaps lie in developing relationships and providing opportunities that allow all stakeholders to grow in their appreciation of individualities and recognition of transferable skills.


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