Elementary Education Workshops for Educators
Workshops can be personalized to meet the needs of your school.
Bullies Are Created, Not Born; How To Develop a Safe and Caring Classroom Community
"We will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King
Is your child bullied, a bystander, or... a bully? Learn the dynamics of bullying and how you can help your child become an assertive and empathic member of a caring community. Since bullies are created, not born, parents and teachers have an obligation to create an environment of safety and tolerance for their children. We will explore developmental dynamics, the differences between tattling and telling, normal healthy conflict, aggression, and bullying.
Building Bridges with Parents: Successful Parent Teacher Conferences
Successful parent teacher relationships develop from a sense of mutual trust, understanding, openness, and respect. This workshop will explore the complex dynamics that parents and teachers bring with them to the relationship and provide techniques to promote successful parent-teacher conferences.
"Where do babies come from?" "Why did grandpa die?" Preparing Yourself for the Difficult Questions Children Ask
Are you at a loss for words when a child asks a probing question and catches you off guard? Children are curious and sometimes fearful. We will discuss typical childhood curiosities, fears, and worries with a focus on helping adults answer children's questions in ways that are both effective and developmentally appropriate.
They're Stepping all Over Me: Establishing Boundaries and Routines for Parents and Children
When expectations are clear and consistent, children feel more secure and parents develop a stronger alliance with teachers. This workshop will help teachers successfully collaborate with parents while developing a classroom environment that provides meaningful limits and boundaries that are respected by both parents and children.
Understanding Childhood Fears
Is your child afraid of the dark or of lurking monsters? Do you use boxes of Band-Aids for reassurance? Why are some children more fearful than others? This workshop will address the common fears of young children from a developmental perspective. Parents and teachers will learn techniques to help children overcome their frightening feelings.
Is There Anything Positive about Super Hero Play?
Are you concerned about the amount of super hero play at home or in the classroom? Do the children re-enact play scenes from the media rather than use their imaginations? Why are powerful super heroes so appealing to young children? This workshop will explore the meaning of power both to children and adults; it will provide techniques to transform the child's desire for power into a constructive force at home and in the classroom.
Effective Ways to Communicate Difficult Information to Parents
How do parents respond when a teacher expresses a concern about their child? Do they become defensive and withdraw or do parents and teachers work as a team keeping the child's development the highest priority? This workshop will explore the many delicate issues that make it difficult for teachers to convey sensitive information to concerned parents. Participants will learn the techniques that foster constructive communication.
Teamwork in the Classroom: How to Help Head Teachers Work Effectively with their Assistant Teachers
What are the skills needed to be an effective supervisor? How can you establish a good working relationship with your co-teacher or assistant teacher? This workshop will explore the complex dynamics of working as a team in an early childhood classroom. We will interactively discuss techniques that create the successful teamwork that both benefits the children and enhances professional satisfaction.
The Classroom Pet Dies: Helping Teachers Help the Children
Having a classroom pet is valuable in many ways. Children learn early science concepts, practice nurturing behavior, and gain responsibility. But what do you do and how do you react when a classroom pet dies? Children commonly ask: "What is dead? Will it happen to me? Will it happen to you?" This workshop will help teachers understand what death means to young children and will provide them with techniques to remain emotionally available to comfortably discuss these difficult feelings.
Fostering Self-Esteem: Raising Children who are Competent, Confident and Compassionate
What are the three key ingredients of self-esteem? How do boys and girls differ in building healthy self-esteem? How can adults help or hinder the process? These are some of the questions that will be explored as we examine the factors that help determine whether a child becomes confidently secure and connected in the world or tentative and insecure. Positive self-esteem can help a child navigate social pressures and is one of the major antidotes to being bullied.
Social Conflicts in the Classroom: Teaching Problem Solving Skills to Young Children
Social conflicts often are expressed by angry feelings and lead to aggressive and hurtful behavior. In this workshop teachers will learn ways to empower young children to understand the social problem, explore alternative solutions, and find socially acceptable behavior to deal with their anger and frustration.
The Meaning of Friendship in the Early Childhood Years
Why is it so hard for some children to make, and keep, friends? Why does friendship come more easily to some children than to others? The meaning of friendship in the early childhood years grows in depth and complexity as the child develops. Let's explore what being a friend — and having a friend — means to young children. This workshop will provide suggestions for helping children to develop these important social skills.
Helping Children Develop Empathy and Social Competence
How do we teach children the art of reciprocal relationships? Why do some children push peers away by being too possessive while others struggle to find ways to relate? Why do some children worry about their friend's feelings after an argument, while others seem unconcerned? This workshop will provide techniques for fostering empathy, connectedness, and social competence.