Professional Development

1:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Professional Development for Teachers: Brainstorming a Story

Can brainstorming really create a story that has never existed before in just a few minutes? Our workshop will define the three components of story (characters, plot, setting) with examples. We will then use improvisation and synthesis to ideate something new we can describe and define, which we will apply to these components to create a story that has never existed before. Further discussion will show how these techniques may also be applied to other fields of learning. (1 hour. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Jeff Provine

Panelists: Jeff Provine

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Professional Development, Workshop

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Professional Development for Teachers: Genre YA and the Classroom

Genre YA allows teachers to provide mirrors, windows, and sliding doors for students to see analogous experiences of themselves and their peers in the classroom as part of rigorous curriculum and instruction. As school literary choice becomes more of a curricular necessity for teachers in Oklahoma and nationwide, YA lit provides an opportunity to engage students in transferable analytical skills in the classroom while providing multilevel scaffolding for reading exploration and mastery. Please bring your curriculum standards. We will work to help identify texts and strategies for decoding and using YA lit in the classroom! (1 hour. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Shai Fenwick

Panelists: Shai Fenwick

Tracks: Professional Development, Writing & Publishing, Workshop

2:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Professional Development for Teachers: Integrating Math with Art

This is a creative approach to basic geometric shapes and graphing. Part 1: Learn to draw Celtic knot work with graphs. Part 2: Use the Victorian art form of quilling to explore geometric shapes. Professional development certificates for educators will be available on request. Ages 12 and up. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Melinda LaFevers

Panelists: Melinda LaFevers

Tracks: STEM, Professional Development, Art, Workshop