Email, text messages, social networking, phone conversations, surfing the web, etc. are all forms of communicating through the use of technology. Social networking sites are especially designed to create relationships, friendships, and communities. Many students, as well as adults, are very interested in these types of interactions. Improper use of any type of technology can be detrimental to one’s career. Therefore, cyber safety is essential to the career of school employees. In this session the participants will explore: 1) proper boundaries when integrating technology into the learning environment and their personal life, 2) pitfalls associated with the use of technology, and 3) utilization of technology safely and within the bounds of policy and regulations.
(Teachers, Pre-service Teachers and Administrators)
The Truth and Nothing But the Truth: Mistakes, Misdemeanors and Missed Income
Don’t get in trouble for something that you didn’t know existed! Know the rules, policies, procedures, and laws that govern various aspects of your classroom! This session will give participants a brief overview of the five causes of dismissal/suspension, as well as an overview of test security, which is a reason many teachers are reprimanded or lose their teaching license. Real life examples and documentation from across the state will be provided to give participants clear understanding of what NOT to do!
(Teachers and pre-service teachers, all grade levels)
The Successful Substitute
This workshop provides basics for new substitutes. Participants will learn practical strategies from organizational skills to classroom management that will enable them to enter any classroom prepared for a successful experience.
This session for pre-education students will provide an overview of PRAXIS I. Concentration will be placed on the essay portion of the exam. Students will participate in a mock writing assessment and peer review utilizing the 6-point PRAXIS rubric.
This review session is designed to help teacher education candidates and others seeking initial certification by providing an overview of the Praxis II series. Registration and study tips, test-taking strategies, and test-anxiety pointers are offered to help examinees develop confidence for these professional assessments. Since all beginning teachers in Tennessee must pass the appropriate grade-level version of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), in-depth review of the PLT topics is presented.
(Pre-service teachers, all grade levels)
Professionalism and Education: A Common Sense Approach
This workshop will focus on what it means to look, interact and work like a professional. Participants will explore situations that might be encountered in the classroom, but may not have been presented in their formal teacher preparation program. This session will include numerous examples and scenarios to assist with making informed decisions about issues that occur in schools around professionalism. Participants will also learn about legal implications of certain aspects in the teaching profession and the choices they make when interacting with students, parents and colleagues.
(Teachers, pre-service teachers and administrators)