Doreen Howell has been presenting educational workshops for over 30 years. She has been presenting workshops for classical and Christian schools for over 15 years. Listed below are some of the topics that she can bring to you.
Classroom Management from Pencils to Parents: This session will take a new teacher through the many things they need to think about before they begin the year.
The Seven Laws of Teaching: Before the beginning of the 20th Century, John Milton Gregory gave us seven solid lawa that dictate highly effective lesson plans in the 21st Century.
Preparing My Heart and Mind to Teach: The work of a classical and Christian teacher begins in his heart and mind before he ever stands in front of students.
Partnering with Parents: Parents are not the enemy and they deserve our partnership in the raising of their children.
Foundations for a Classical and Christian Pedagogy: In this session we will look at the Trivium and how it plays out in our school and how it impacts the development of our curriculum.
Where Did This All Come From: Brief History of the Liberal Arts Tradition: Starting with the Greeks and coming to the Post-moderns of the 21st Century, this is a history lesson about our roots.
Leading Parent Conferences: Here is a look at the principles that make for effective and productive parent conferences, that produce the best results for the student.
Making Written Communication Work for You: We will look at Seven "C"s that will make our written communication understandable; whether it is a note, an email, a letter, or report card comments.
Embracing Change: From WHO MOVED MY CHEESE: The nature of a dynamic school environment is based on change. This session is based on the book Who Moved My Cheese, and gives us insight into ourselves and our response to change.
Where Do I Get a Worldview and Why Do I Need One?: Christian school teachers say they teach from a Christian Worldview, but do they really? This session will help you understand your own worldview and how it effects your teaching.
Talkin' 'bout: Improving the Way You Handle Various Communication Styles: From the dad who comes into your room demanding things to your co-worker who hardly ever says a word, you are daily bombarded by various communication styles. This session will give you some skills for working with all.
Teaching Students to Remember: You thought the lesson went well and everyone got it, but the next day, it is though they've never heard it before. Here are some tips to help you make sure your lessons are memorable and the students remember them.
His Style, My Style: Avoiding a Collision Course: This session takes you through the various learning styles, helping you decide how to adjust your style to the students.
Motivation: You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But Can You Make Him Drink?: The key to success with any student is his motivation to learn what you are teaching. We will discuss things that promote motivation and things that hinder its progres.
Assessments: A Measure of Success: How do you know your students have learned what you taught? We will discuss the development of strong assessments, from the paper and pencil est to other ways you assess their learning.
Building on a Solid Foundation: Curriculum Development: You have to know where you want to go before you start planning. We will start with the basic goals and objectives for a subject or grade and move to that personal plan you develop for yourself every day.
The Art of Teaching: This session is a review of Gilbert Highet's 1950 book by the same name. It still inspires teachers today. Highet tells us that teaching is an art for more than a science.
Preparing to Teach in Grammar School Classroom: "Nesting" is what Grammar School teachers do before school starts. Here are some things you need to organize in your nest for a successful year.
What Students Expect From Their Teachers: Looking at ourselves from the perspective of our students can be somewhat humorous and somewhat convicting.
Getting to the Heart of the Student: We begin this session taking a personal look at ourselves as a teacher and then learning principles to not only manage behavior, but to find the heart of the student.
Becoming an Effective Educational Leader: So, you have been asked to take a leadership role in your school, we will discuss the most important aspects of becoming a servant-leader in the world of education.
Unlocking ERB's CTP 4 Achievement Tests: Most of us who use the ERB's CTP achievement tests don't really understand the treasure we have in all those reposrts. We will take a look at what you might be missing.
Classical Christian Education: Cultivating Wisdom and Virtue: This overview of the meaning and importance of a classical Christian education. It is particularly good for parent groups and school boards, but teachers find this overview helpful in articulating what we are about.
Classical Teaching Methods: A Way to Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom: There are two modes of education and a vast array of methods within those modes. Here is an opportunity to investigate effective teaching methods.