Teachers Week

Dates: 
Aug 03, 2021 to Aug 06, 2021
Held each August, Teachers Week in Guys Mills, PA provides an opportunity for new and experienced teachers to participate in workshops and breakouts designed to increase their effectiveness in the classroom.

OVERVIEW

Teachers Week 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 5:30-8:30 PM on Monday, August 2.The event ends after lunch on Friday, August 6.

We are planning to hold Teachers Week 2021, but recognize that we may need to cancel the event in respect to state mandates. Capacity will be reduced slightly for this year.

2021 PROGRAM

GENERAL ASSEMBLIES

Christ-like Thinking Across the Curriculum: teaching students to discern, value, believe, and live truth  

Mark Kurtz

SPLIT SESSIONS: NEWER TEACHERS

Educating for the Kingdom

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity

Jeremy Sauder

SPLIT SESSIONS: EXPERIENCED TEACHERS

Addressing Students' Frustrating Responses

  • "When Will I Ever Use This?"
  • "I can't do this."
  • "I don't care."
  • "I'll just google it."

John Mark Kuhns

Also offering:

47 Breakouts

  • Phonics: Learning to Read - Glenda Miller & Becky Sue Kreider
  • Breathing Life into History - Lyndon Martin
  • Asking Good Questions to Enhance Comprehension - Anna Zehr
  • Planning Lesson Objectives - Peter Goertzen
  • and many more

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

  • New Teacher Orientation - Jeremy and Diana Sauder

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.

  • Bible Survival -Jeff Swanson

Bible class. Our most important subject. Re-energize. Grapes. Quarterly projects. Scripture memory aids. Season's Greetings from the Twelve Disciples. Bible curriculum. Anabaptist worldview conversation starters. Pepperidge Farm goldfish. Grades 7-12.

  • 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.

  • Managing Micellaneous Math Maneuvers - Laura Conley

Why can't she remember math facts? How do I teach place value? How do you get them to understand area? perimeter? subtraction? addition? inches? freezing temperature? how many days in a year? How can I make math more interesting? What do they really need to know by third grade? Come with all your (math) questions and answers for lower elementary students. We'll add to your supply of good ideas, multiply your energy for teaching math, subtract some problems and divide the frustrations.

  • Meeting Students' Needs in a Resource Room - Kaitlyn Zimmerman

This session will be all about a resource room in an elementary/middle school setting. We'll talk about the processes of a student entering the resource room and deciding when they no longer need the resource room. We'll look at many different curricula, how they benefit different students, and ways to monitor students’ progress. Whether your students have difficulty with math, reading, spelling, reading comprehension, oral language skills, social skills, (or all of the above) there are options to help them!

  • Art Class for the Everyday Teacher- Martha Strickler

Does art class bring feelings of excitement, fear, boredom, pain, joy, chaos, or panic? Is art class beneficial? Are you an artist? Come, and we’ll talk about many things teachers and students in grades one to eight can experience in art class. We will make projects that you can take back to your school, along with the lesson plans that go with them. You will have a chance to start developing ideas for a year-long plan, and you will receive other resources to make art class an even more enjoyable experience. Open to all levels. Bring $10 for supplies. Maximum of 30 participants.

  • Hands Up for Hands-On History- Deana Swanson

History = boring. Wait! Stop! History is great, actually. Explore how to take students from the pages of their history books to actually making something from the country or period of history they are studying. During this class, we will be working on at least six projects, and several more will be presented. We will also discuss practical ways to present and complete these at school. These projects are geared toward students in grades 6th-12th. Bring a stapler, a hammer, and $10 for supplies that you can keep.

  • Beginner’s Word, Excel, & PowerPoint – Lucas Hilty, Lucy Miller, Kyle Stoltzfus

Designed for the new teacher who’s just getting started with the Microsoft Office programs, you will get hands-on experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. We start with the basics and build a foundation giving you practical examples to use in the classroom right away.

  • Physical Education: Healthy Bodies make Healthy Minds – Kyle Lehman

According to students, teachers are notoriously ill-equipped for the part of the day students most look forward to. In this workshop we will explore the foundations for healthy minds and bodies, practice some basic skills that you can teach your students, and develop a rubric for evaluating the quality of recess and phys ed activities. The workshop will be geared towards middle school and high school.

  • Tips and Tools for Teaching Secondary Music – Lyle Stutzman

This workshop will explore a variety of teaching tools that can be used in general music classes and choirs for middle school and high school students with an emphasis on middle school. Topics will include effective use of classroom materials (e.g., whiteboard, flashcards), instructional methods for sight singing and voice training, and curriculum and repertoire selection.