PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New Hampshire based Staff Development for Educators (SDE) has created a way to help teachers of children in kindergarten through second grade teach the 10 essential skills that students need to be successful not only in school, but also in the 21st century world that awaits beyond. It is a day-long seminar called Amazing Centers, Games & Activities to Encourage Thinking and Innovation in Your Classroom, and it will be offered in cities across the U.S. beginning in January, 2013.
The new training workshop, led by teacher and author Sandra Reyes, shows teachers how to use kid-friendly games and activities to teach children how and when to classify, problem-solve, summarize, compare and contrast, observe, collect and record data, find patterns, determine cause and effect, draw conclusions, and listen and communicate.
With the introduction of the new Common Core State Standards, which are about to replace disparate state standards in 46 states, and new expectations for science, technology, engineering, and math—collectively known as STEM—today's teachers and students are facing much more rigorous demands. Children who learn to think critically at a very young age will have greater success on the road ahead.
"The new workshop is about creating an atmosphere where students are free to take risks and are encouraged to think—not just sit passively and absorb information," says Amy Werninger, a Program Planner at SDE. "You make thinking a core aspect of the lessons and subjects you teach—not an add-on. You infuse quick and easy problem-solving opportunities into different segments of your day. And, you toss in the fun every step of the way!"
Participants in the seminar will learn how to seamlessly fit the 10 skills into their existing curriculum and teach them in any and all subject areas. And they will leave with a personalized plan of action for their own classrooms and their own students.
"We believe educators have the most important job in the world," reports Terra Tarango, President of SDE. "That's why we're committed to empowering educators to be extraordinary—to create extraordinary classrooms that produce extraordinary students. Sandi's seminar meets that objective head on with games and activities that teach the 10 essential skills that open the doors to achievement in STEM, Common Core State Standards, and 21st century skills."
SDE is one of America's leading providers of professional development for PreK through Grade 12 educators. Through Onsite PD, PD Events, Web-based PD, and PD Resources, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is not only research-based, innovative, and rigorous, but also practical, motivating, and fun. All SDE training is presented by the nation's top authors and educational experts, with the goal of creating extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the evolving demands of the 21st century.
For more information about SDE, educators are encouraged to visit SDE's website, or to call 1-800-462-1478.
SOURCE Staff Development for Educators