Teachers Week ONTARIO

Dates: 
Aug 10, 2021 to Aug 13, 2021

Held in southern Ontario in August, Teachers Week Ontario provides an opportunity for new and experienced teachers to participate in workshops and breakouts designed to increase their effectiveness in the classroom.

Teachers Week Ontario is planned and sponsored by Faith Builders Educational Programs Canada, a sister organization of Faith Builders Educational Programs (USA). Many speakers participate in both Teachers Week Ontario and Teachers Week  PA. The event includes content for new and experienced teachers. Content-focused workshops and breakouts discuss history, science, math, literature, spelling, Bible, and more.

Teachers Week check-in is at 8:00 – 8:45 AM on Tuesday, August 10. The event ends after lunch on Friday, August 13.

Registration will open May 1. Registration requires a deposit of $50 (Canadian dollars), payable with two options: 

  • E-transfer to faithbuilderscanada@gmail.com
  • Mail a cheque payable to Faith Builders Canada to: Alissa Martin, 7025 Wellington Rd 10, Moorefield, ON N0G 2K0

For lodging information, contact Paul & Cheryl Horst:

GENERAL ASSEMBLIES

Four Metaphors for Teachers   Stephan Gingerich

  • Teachers are Kings
  • Teachers are Investors
  • Teachers are Learners
  • Teachers are Mentors

SPLIT SESSIONS: NEWER TEACHERS

Teaching in a Loud World   Joey Shantz

  • Healthy Habits
  • Personal Organization
  • Intentional Study
  • Silence

SPLIT SESSIONS: EXPERIENCED TEACHERS

Addressing Students' Frustrating Responses   John Mark Kuhns

  • "When will I ever use this?"
  • "I can't do this."
  • "I don't care."
  • "I'll just google it."

27 BREAKOUTS

  • Effects of Technology on the Brain – Anthony Hurst
  • Teaching the Joy of Reading – Myron Brubacher
  • Effective Classroom Discussions – Sharon Martin
  • Devotions: One Thing is Necessary – Ryan Horst
  • The Effect of Personality on School Life – Gordon Bauman
  • The Value of Writing – Meghan Brubaker
  • Inspiring Your Students to Sing – Sherwin Martin
  • Teaching Secondary Math – John Mark Kuhns
  • ...and many more

6 INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

New Teacher Orientation   Esther Bean, Howard Bean

Ready to teach? Effective teaching requires preparation, and this workshop is intended to help prepare you for your first year in the classroom. It will include such topics as motivation, a typical lesson, and the learning process. We recommend that new teachers also take the pertinent breakout sessions in conjunction with this workshop: Classroom Management (K-2) and Discipline: Preventive and Corrective.

Experiments Galore   Keith Brubacher

Whiz, whir, fizzle, pop, zoom! Looking for ideas to bring science class to life? Be prepared to take part in experiments using primarily household and budget-friendly supplies and materials. We will briefly look at lesson plans, scientific inquiry, and methodology, but we’ll spend most of our time with hands-on action. Several branches of science will be covered, with the physical sciences being the main focus. This workshop is targeting Grades 5-8, but anyone is welcome. Maximum of 20 participants.

Creative Writing   Jonas Sauder

We will consider and try our own hands at a variety of pre-writing and writing activities that are adaptable throughout the grades from lower elementary into secondary grades: playing with words, making lists, crafting sentences, writing dialogue, beginning stories, and writing imaginary journal entries. We’ll experiment with point of view, riddles, try a bit of poetry writing, and connect creative writing with teaching content subjects.

Wonders of the Human Brain   Anthony Hurst

While mysteries abound about this most complex organ, man has learned much since the days of believing the brain was just phlegm or a cooling unit for blood. We will look at the effects that abuse and neglect have on the developing brain. We will then study the brain’s anatomy at gross organization, cellular, and molecular level. We will also explore the following: synapse and neurotransmitters; the effect of various drugs; and learning, memory, and emotions. Finally, we will do a class dissection of a sheep brain.

Assessment for Student Success   Sharon Martin

In this workshop we will look at some principles of assessment, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on marking and grading summative assessments and creating and using rubrics effectively. We will examine the concepts of validity and reliability as they relate to assessment and try to determine what it means to grade fairly and with integrity. We will also examine some of the concepts and possibly misconceptions that our students, parents, and perhaps even we teachers have about grades.

Recess Activities   Michelle Jantzi

Is recess an important part of the school day? Come prepared to discuss the theories behind making recess an important part of your class's education. In this workshop you will learn and play!