Pedagogy and Teaching Strategies

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.

Sharon Clark is a STEM teacher with a gift for grasping and inspiring her students with new learning technologies in the STEM field. She was chosen as a PBS Digital Innovator in 2015 and selected as as EdmodoCon 2017 speaker in 2017. She shares her insights into the the changing world of classroom technology.

While teachers' primary focus is on a child or youth's success in school, a student's performance is clearly impacted by factors outside of school. Child abuse and neglect are potentially very damaging to a child's ability to succeed in other areas of life. This program will focus on issues that impact children and youth both at home and at school.

This presentation includes a description of collaboration between ELL teachers and classroom teachers, a research-based discussion of why collaboration is a beneficial ELL instructional option, and how to implement a collaboration plan with key tips for elementary and secondary settings.

Afternoon keynote focuses on the importance of student reading and the long-term results of engaging intellectual experiences that can occur in the classroom.

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In this exciting new series, Tennessee teachers will show how they are implementing the research-based instructional strategies that are most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and grade levels. Need a fresh approach to integrating a notebook into your classroom? See how the Mathematician's Notebook can change the way you teach mathematics as well as how your students learn mathematics. To quote Klentschy & De-La Torre (2004), “The notebook becomes a place where language, data, and experience operate jointly to form meaning for the student.”

New York Times bestselling author and former teacher Blue Balliett addresses critical thinking with the common core through her series of juvenile novels aimed at promoting critical thought and a love of learning in young people.

"Language Arts and Mathematics", the closing remarks lecture by Dr. Zalman Usiskin for the 2013 Critical Thinking with the Common Core Conference.

Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams, professor of mathematics education from the University of Louisville, offers insight into the new state common core standards and how they affect mathematic curriculum.

Research based strategies for implementing the State Common Core Standards in the fifth grade classroom with educators Felicia Vaughn and James Parsons

Critical Thinking with the Common Core strategies for grade 4

Conference opening Keynote Address by Dr. Zalman Usiskin.

In this exciting new series, Tennessee teachers will show how they are implementing the research-based instructional strategies that are most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and grade levels. In this session, the strategies of cues, questions and advanced organizers will be featured.

Strategies and best practices for English Learners apply to students of various needs. This presentation has three areas of focus: 1) Newcomers and those with the lowest levels of English proficiency; 2) Instruction and assessment in the content areas; and 3) Cross-cultural understanding and diversity. Participants will learn how the combination of a district’s scope and sequence with ESL resources such as the individual learning plan provides both teacher and learner with a set of tools for rigorous instruction and learning.

Presented by Erin Phillips and Heather Knox of Hobgood Elemetary School in the Murfreesboro City School district, this workshop introduces participants to the Content Area Cycle method of teaching, with a special emphasis on ELL students. After explaining the cycle, the presenters use a unit on plants to demonstrate the cycle with the participants playing the role of students.

Erin Phillips and Heather Knox demonstrate two classroom activities that can be used with the Area Content Cycle.

Formative assessment is an important step in the teaching and learning process. The background and content knowledge students and teachers share influences how students understand the materials, lessons, and learning opportunities you provide. Unless you check for understanding, it is difficult to know what students are getting out of the lesson. Participants will come to understand that the faulty notion, “I taught it, therefore they got it” can hinder student achievement.

Game-Based Learning

Inclusion is more than physical presence in the classroom and is nothing more than good teaching for all students. Students learn when they actively participate in the academic lessons and interact with others. This presentation will provide specific strategies to create a meaningful and inclusive learning environment. The core business of educating students with disabilities in general education classrooms is for teachers to become designers of learning for meaningful student engagement.

Ph.D. candidate Chris Willingham demonstrates some inquiry-based practices teachers can experience in the classroom with students.

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