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Meet Katie Kinder.
What we talk about.
How do we engage 21st-century learners? How do we keep up with an evolving education sphere? Learn engagement strategies, classroom management, delve into relationships and rapport in a digital world. Embed technology, music, and passion in our noble profession! Lean into relevant content; we cannot and should not teach the way we did even ten years ago. Keep up with the times, and create a family classroom that is culturally inclusive.
When students are engaged, and love and respect their teacher, they are in turn successful with testing. The data proves it. My test scores are sky high as an English teacher. My response to this is engagement, relevance, relationships, rapport, love, and fun! That is why my students are successful 21st-century learners in this digital world. We use common formative assessments that align with district unit assessments that align with the state test. We teach to mastery, and my district uses mastery connect for data purposes. We pull data from IXL and Reading Plus. However, I gamify learning and create memorable experiences my students never forget. In turn, my students give me a tenacious effort and attitude.
I start with a hook! I go through my call to education, briefly. I move on to gamification, management of school devices, the ever-changing world of ‘kid vernacular.’ I present on staging classrooms for the best possible engagement outcomes, digital citizenship, embedding music into lessons, creative projects to use with students, and all-around fun in the classroom. Life is fun; learning should be fun too!
I also present on culturally inclusive classrooms and how hard history must be taught. How to offer people who look like my students and how to celebrate everyone. I grew up in Tulsa and did not learn about the race massacre until I was an adult. This is unacceptable. Our call to educate should never whitewash history to make people comfortable. This session is best for the lecture format. This session teaches how to embed relevant lessons and allows students to take the stage in the classroom.
Setting up a Family Classroom is essential in providing students a safe place to express their thoughts, feelings, and fears. Teach students how to speak, how to disagree respectfully, and how to be a part of a classroom family where everyone is included and celebrated. How do we reach our underserved populations? How do we keep up with an evolving education sphere? How do you not only survive but thrive inside of a broken education system? Let’s get down to it.
This session is all about the untold secrets I wish I would have known when I started teaching in 2006. The secrets of a school building and a classroom, the hills that some teachers die on and burn out. It isn’t scary to analyze and use data. Using data doesn’t mean your lesson has to be boring. Some kids come from trauma, and how do you, as the adult in the room, help our student population? Follow me as we explore the teachers to find, and the teachers to avoid in your building. Classroom management and experience lessons abound in this session. If my students just saw a violent fight, what should I do? What should I do if the culture at my school feels toxic? Come on in, and let’s hash it out.
Every classroom teacher has that story. The one that makes your friends’ eyes go wide and their mouths fall open in disbelief. Is it possible that these stories carry a deeper meaning for us, though, beyond the shock they deliver to those who aren’t in education? Yes. Let’s discuss how a crisis is transformed into a calling if we’re honest with ourselves and open to the larger story of what we do in the classroom.
Do I deserve to feel good about myself? We likely wouldn’t say that out loud. But how many of us have considered that thought at the end of a long day in the classroom. When you don’t feel good about yourself, it can get increasingly hard to make the tough choices that lead toward a healthy life. Let’s talk about how teaching makes it challenging to be healthy, both mentally and physically. Then we’ll look at how to overcome those obstacles and why we all need to start heading in the direction of strength, balance, and peace of mind.
Speaking to older adults from a position of authority can be an ominous task. You can both survive and thrive in these potentially difficult conversations by understanding a few basic principles.
Emotional Intelligence has been shown to be beneficial in careers that involve dealing with the emotions of others. Being skilled at perceiving, understanding, and managing emotions can help teachers better support and instruct their students.
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