PETERBOROUGH, N.H., April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Jean's Active Learning Adventure, the newest educator seminar from inspirational and beloved early childhood educator Dr. Jean Feldman is crossing the country to help turn PreK-K teaching from "what you have to do" into "something that your students want to do."
Appropriately subtitled "Let's Make it Purposeful, Planful, and Playful," the seminar centers around how to cope with and exceed teaching expectations as educators meaningfully and engagingly teach the standards in the classroom. Filled with songs, games, and hands-on activities to guide learning, Dr. Jean coaches teachers through strategies to keep lessons fun while accomplishing learning goals, and masterfully demonstrates how to make true connections between what you know works for your students and what the standards require.
"I can't do anything about your standards, but I can help you make them more fun and engaging for your young learners," enthuses Dr. Jean. "Just because you have to stick to the standards doesn't mean that you have to take all the fun out of your children's learning."
Focusing on the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of young children, and fully abreast of the latest educational research and trends, Dr. Jean's games and activities will not only engage young learners, but will also contribute to their cognitive, social, and physical development. Participants will uncover secrets to creative, active, challenging, and hands-on learning experiences to re-energize their instruction with out-of-the-box approaches.
"My proven strategies are timeless and effective, and will give you that motivation you need to put your students' developmental needs first and rekindle your passion for teaching," explains Dr. Jean. "You'll learn dozens of ways to make your language standards come alive, as well as activities for math and science."
Also a best-selling author, Dr. Jean's classroom-tested strategies are designed to make learning naturally fun. She'll guide teachers through activities to integrate reading and writing across the curriculum, songs and chants to build basic math concepts, and strategies for cultivating phonological awareness, vocabulary, and oral language.
"Looking at learning through the eyes of a child, Dr. Jean reminds why teachers do what they do, and how to bring fun and energy into the classroom with simple, yet effective tools and strategies," raves Kymra Kurinskas, SDE's Program Planner, who helped coordinate and plan the seminar.
According to Dr. Jean, the more senses activated in young learners, the more likely they'll retain information. Her seminar walks educators through ways to bring about a total physical response, such as through signing and moving, to help students remember and keep them engaged using active learning strategies. Partner and small-group ideas to foster cooperation and collaboration, and techniques for encouraging family participation, are also peppered throughout the seminar.
"Research shows that teachers can waste up to 25% of their instructional time as they wait for their young learners to finish up, clean up, get ready, wash their hands, and take off their coats," reveals Dr. Jean. "But I believe that learning even mundane tasks can and should be exciting—and I'll show you how."
Dr. Jean's Active Learning Adventure will be offered in Birmingham, AL on April 29, and Arlington, VA on May 2. Educators interested registering for this seminar, or learning about more about SDE's national conferences, upcoming SDE events, or other professional development opportunities, can visit http://www.sde.com/, call 1-800-462-1478, or email [email protected].
Staff Development for Educators is America's leading provider of professional development for PreK through Grade 12 educators. SDE believes that educators have the most important job in the world. 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.
All SDE events include a free resource book of handouts, lesson ideas, reproducibles, and more, and a free 30-day membership at TeachingMadeEasier.com. With the paid registration of a staff member, SDE extends free tuition to a principal from the same building, and also offers group discounts for groups of 10+ and 20+.