Reading and Writing Come Alive
We have quite a few teacher staff development programs focusing on literacy, community building, and differentiation. Are you looking for new ways to support your students in building literacy skills? Learn about multiple intelligences to support differentiation? Or help your students become agile and able to work cooperatively? Our programs compliment the Common Core. Click on each program title for more.
Improv Consultants Beach Ball Literacy Workshops use improvisation and beach balls as fun and creative literacy building activities. The strategies presented in this workshop support teachers in helping their students build language skills in a fun and creative way. Through the techniques taught in these sessions, students strengthen their literacy and listening skills including gaining greater confidence in speaking, reading, and writing. Games can be applied to students of all ages from the very young (4 or 5 years old) up to adults! Improvisation and Beach Ball Literacy is designed as either an educator in service or it can be led as a classroom program directly with the students.
Scholarly Behaviors is a concept developed by Dr. Sandra Kaplan, Professor at USC, who has trained on the elements of Scholarliness over the years at institutes for Gifted and Talented students. In this 90-minute in-service facilitated by Improv Consultants, participants will experience a hands-on approach to scholarly behaviors that can be applied directly in the classroom the next day!
Our Multiple Intelligences Workshop Helps Teachers Integrate Different Styles of Learning. Howard Gardner’s work around Multiple Intelligences (MI) has had a profound impact on thinking and practice in education. He challenged the traditional view of intelligence, which previously centered on only 2 types of intelligence (linguistic and logical). Gardner introduced the idea that people engage in different kinds of learning and that there is a connection between learning style and intelligence. The theory also states that all intelligences can be taught and nurtured. In this 3-hour Multiple Intelligences Workshop led by Improv Consultants, participants will strengthen their knowledge of Multiple Intelligences and design a lesson plan that integrates every style of learning.
Our Classroom Management: Engaging and Building a Community of Learners Workshop Builds Collaboration in the Classroom
Engaging all learners is essential to equitable instruction. A strong classroom community is critical for all students to be able to participate in learning. Engaging and Building A Community of Learners is a classroom management workshop that uses improvisation to support team building and collaboration in the classroom. One of the primary principles of improvisation is to accept the offers that others make and support your partner look good. Imagine a classroom where students are supporting each other and offering and accepting ideas? This workshop provides excellent strategies to help make that happen. Engaging and Building A Community of Learners is designed as either an educator in service or it can be led as a classroom program directly with the students.
Our “Improvisation and Beach Balls for Parents!” Workshop Helps Build Literacy Skills at Home!
Improvisation and Beach Balls for Parents Workshop is an exceptional program designed for parents. It includes fun games and parent involvement ideas and activities to do at home to build literacy skills with children of all ages. During this one-hour workshop parents will learn fun interactive games to play with their children at home, to help to support literacy skills. Parents will have the opportunity to play with a beach ball and do some improvisational theatre. The games are easy to learn and can be done anywhere.
Comprehensive Year-long and Half-Year Educator In-service
Reading and Writing Come Alive is a comprehensive training program that includes Engaging and Building a Community of Learners, Multiple Intelligences, Improvisation and Beach Ball Literacy, and an in depth practicum on using improvisation to develop literacy. Reading and Writing Come Alive uses improvisation to engage the learner and enhance and build literacy skills. These techniques have been widely used in the corporate world to promote creativity, improve presentation skills, expand team-building skills, and increase comfort with speaking in front of others. The activities presented in this 3-day training support teachers in using these games to help their students build language skills in a fun and creative way resulting in students having more confidence in speaking, reading, and writing. The program includes staff development, classroom modeling (hands on with students), and coaching.