Teachers Week

Dates: 
Aug 02, 2022 to Aug 05, 2022
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.

Teachers Week includes content for new and experienced teachers. Content-focused workshops and breakouts discuss history, science, math, literature, spelling, Bible, and more.

2022 PROGRAM

GENERAL ASSEMBLIES

Four Metaphors for Teachers

  • Kings
  • Investors
  • Learners
  • Mentors

Stephan Gingerich

SPLIT SESSIONS: NEWER TEACHERS

Teaching in a Loud World

  • Healthy Habits
  • Personal Organization
  • Intentional Study
  • Silence

Joey Shantz

SPLIT SESSIONS: EXPERIENCED TEACHERS

In School We Trust?

  • Mottos That Define
  • Old School-New Clothes
  • Mycorrhizae of Our Faith
  • You are Education

Kyle Lehman

Also offering:

45 Breakouts

  • Raising Avid Readers   Bethany Peachey
  • Is Math a Language?   Conrad Shank
  • Discovering Pond Life  Dana Atkinson
  • Explosions and Bank Robberies -- Making History Interesting for Your Students   Deana Swanson
  • Telling Bible Stories That Stick   Mel Stoltzfus
  • Disciplining Respectfully   Anthony Hurst
  • Preparing Students for Future Success in English  Carol Burkholder
  • and many more

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

  • New Teacher Orientation   Kevin Groff

You agreed to teach this year. Now what? You are swinging between “I got this” and “What was I thinking!?"  In between are the questions of lesson plans, classroom management, communication, teaching methods, and more. In these last few weeks before school join  this workshop where we will discuss the tools you will need in your teaching toolbox.

  • Stream Study   Dana Atkinson

He’s about to shred a leaf.  Downstream, she’s spun a net for his crumbs. In between, there’s a sea of other organisms hidden in the local stream for this workshop to investigate.  We’ll use various collection methods and tools, such as microscopes, to pursue an understanding of stream ecology modeled on Ps. 104: 25, 27. Take away knowledge and skills to replicate these learning experiences.

  • The Teaching Principal: Priorities & Practices  Jonas Sauder

Whether he leads a large or small school, the principal is expected to provide supervision, foster healthy communication and working relationships, support the faculty, lead effective meetings, and cultivate healthy  school culture. To do so, the principal who also teaches must be exceedingly focused on priorities and efficiency. We’ll consider ways to address all responsibilities while balancing priorities.

  • Art Class for the Everyday Teacher   Martha Strickler

Does art class bring feelings of excitement, fear, pain, joy, chaos, or panic? In this workshop we’ll consider many things teachers and students can experience in art class. We’ll make several art projects you can take home to do in your classroom, along with the lesson plans for the projects. We will look at tips for planning a successful art lesson, and you will have the opportunity to start developing a year-long plan.  You will receive other additional resources to help make art class a successful part of your school week. Open to all levels. Bring $10 for supplies. Maximum of 35 participants.

  • Looking the Past in the Eye: Using Primary Sources in History Teaching   Peter Goertzen

In the discipline of history, primary sources are writings, artworks, photographs, music, and other information from the period being studied. They are the most direct way of accessing the past, deepening our understanding and enriching our teaching. In this workshop we will find and explore primary sources for use in upper elementary, junior high, and high school classes.

  • Reading Challenges: Assessment and Intervention   Becky Bollinger
    (This workshop is full to capacity.)
  • Low Cost High Value Experiments in Physical Science   John Mark Kuhns

Science experiments often require specialized or expensive equipment, are frustrating or confusing for students, or offer little educational value for the effort and class time they consume. We will perform and discuss three physical science experiments that can be adapted for students in upper elementary through high school. Each can be done with common equipment and each offers significant educational value for students.

  • Communicating Clearly   Anthony Hurst
    (This workshop is full to capacity.)
  • Wholesome Living for Effective Teaching   Melvin Lehman

Teaching school makes strong demands on the teacher at multiple levels. Teachers are givers and need large reserve input reservoirs to draw from for sustainable life-giving teaching over the long haul. What are these “input reservoirs” and how do we keep them full? This question is addressed in three sessions:   1.  Cultivating Spiritual Virtues that Energize   2. Essential Social Habits that Stabilize    3.  Physical Health: Preparing for the Rigors of Teaching

  • 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 with practical examples you can use in the classroom right away.

  • Holistic and Effective Spelling Instruction   Joanna Nolt

Phonics. Morphology. Etymology.  What are these things? How do we use them at an elementary level to teach our students? Join me as we discuss content and methods to improve our students' spelling skills -- not just on a spelling test, and not just for students skilled at memorization.

  • The Adventure of Writing with Clarity and Confidence   Regina Martin

What are the building blocks of good writing? Do your elementary students struggle with knowing where to begin? In this workshop we will explore the basic elements needed to write with clarity, concision, and confidence. One of the best gifts students can be given is the ability to communicate well through writing!

  • Teaching Math (high school)   Wilmer Gehman

In this series of three workshops focused largely on teaching algebra and geometry, we will explore ways of making high school math meaningful and satisfying to our students and improving mathematics instruction. Time will be given for addressing participants' questions related to curriculum, content, teaching methods, assessment, and other challenges experienced in teaching high school math.