|Getting Started, Getting Smarter
|Practical Tools for Beginning Teachers
This seminar series is specially designed for teachers new to the profession. The sessions address the
immediate concerns of novice teachers while building a foundation for thoughtful reflective practice across
a teaching career. Based on the three-phase Pathways Learning Model, this
seminar connects useful theory with classroom practices that engage students with important content, ideas and relationships.
Managing productive learning environments
Develop essential skills for structuring classroom routines and patterns that promote positive behavior
and high levels of student engagement. Learn how to manage time, materials and student interaction for
greater learning and increased self-reliance.
Modeling strategic learning
Develop skills and strategies for analyzing and modeling effective problem-solving and decision making skills
related to both content and social interactions within your classroom. Learn how to create instructional
scaffolds that increase success for all students.
Refine your ability to mediate student thinking by applying a verbal and nonverbal toolkit that promotes
and develops the thinking capacities of your students. Learn how to respond and inquire to promote greater
classroom participation and deeper understanding.
Monitoring student learning
Acquire and apply a variety of formal and informal approaches for classroom-based assessment of student
learning before, during and after instruction. Learn how to use classroom observation and student work
products to determine progress and address learning needs.