Teachers Week

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


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 3 .The event ends after lunch on Friday, August 7.

We are planning to hold Teachers Week 2021. Registration opens May 1.

Program details are in development and the registration form will be posted here as soon as possible. We are committed to honoring state requirements for events, so there is a possibility that the event will be cancelled or limited in size.



Four Metaphors for Teachers

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

Stephan Gingerich


Teaching in a Loud World

  • Healthy Habits
  • Personal Organization
  • Intentional Study
  • Silence

Joey Shantz


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
  • Thriving Classrooms, Thriving Students - Becky Bollinger
  • Breathing Life into History - Lyndon Martin
  • Asking Good Questions to Enhance Comprehension - Anna Zehr
  • Planning Lesson Objectives - Peter Goertzen
  • and many more


  • 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 30 participants.

  • 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.

  • Ideas for Middle School Music Class and Choir- Wendell Glick

Distracted minds, shifting attitudes, growing bodies, and changing voices present particular challenges to the middle school music teacher and choir director. Workshop content is directed toward grades 4-8, and includes choosing songs, teaching songs, part-singing, sight-singing, music games, supplementary curricula, online resources, personal development, and more. No size limit. Supply fee: $7.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Teaching Zoology: Exploring the Vast Diversity of God's Creatures - Rolin Martin

This workshop is designed to deepen your understanding and appreciation of animals. We will study classification, different animal species’ special abilities to survive and thrive, and hands on methods to use in your classroom. The workshop will be taught on a high school level but any teacher who wants to learn more about animals will benefit. The workshop will include a fetal pig dissection in which all will participate. The class will be taught by a former high school science teacher who is currently studying science full time. Maximum of 20 participants. Supply fee: $10.

  • 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. This workshop is full to capacity.

  • 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.