In this 1-hour course, teachers will learn:
- How connecting students with the “Why?” fulfills T-TESS Planning Domain, Dimension 1.3 by creating compelling lessons that connect to the social-emotional needs of students
- Why creating relevance is essential for investment in the curriculum
- Tools for creating interesting and compelling lessons that will foster students’ intrinsic motivation
This course specifically addresses the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS).
David Sebek is co-founder of GT Innovators which was formed in 2011 by three educators who wanted to change the world of professional development for teachers. David has been offering unique professional development solutions to school districts in and around the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Mr. Sebek was the 2011 TAGT State Teacher of the Year for the Gifted and have coached various problem solving teams to Regional, State and International Competitions through Destination Imagination and Future Problem Solvers.
Joe Bernhart is an author, speaker, and expert in researching and implementing curriculum with a focus on creativity, differentiation, and the social/emotional needs of GT students with an ever-developing expertise on their nature and needs as well. Building on over a decade of previous experience working in an inner city middle school in Houston ISD as a teacher, English department chair, parent coordinator, and Title I coordinator, Mr. Bernhart’s expertise transcends and traverses content areas and demographic definitions, allowing him to be part of a team that offers high quality professional development to meet the diverse needs of teachers in diverse settings.
Troy Drayton has thirteen years of experience teaching in public schools, with 8 years as English/Language Arts (ELA) Department Head. Mr. Drayton has a Bachelor’s degree in English Composition and Language with an emphasis on Linguistics and a minor in Music from the University of North Texas. He completed his Master’s degree in Administrational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Houston in 2008, but has remained in the classroom because teaching is his true passion.
Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner) –
Patty – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner) –
I enjoyed the class; it was very relevant and useful information.
Claudia – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner) –
While some of the information may seem a little obvious, we sometimes need reminders of what students need-and not just what it is required
Courtney – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner) –
This was AWESOME!! Dan Meyer’s video was so good!
Jennifer – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner) –
Interesting but be ready to take notes quickly
Neftali – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner) –
Good info, would have enjoyed it a bit more if it was geared more towards elementary. The examples are geared more towards the upper grades. I wasnt able to connect with this training. I realize that they are only examples and that I can use this for my 2nd graders but I like videos I can connect with.
Stephanie – Angleton ISD (verified owner) –
Krista – WODEN ISD (verified owner) –
I really enjoyed this session. It is extremely important for students to make personal connections and see relevancy in their work. This session gives ideas of how to accomplish that on a regular basis.
Daniel – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner) –
I especially liked the work related to working on math problems and looking at the different lenses of the problem.
Amie – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner) –
Good information, but the presenters did not model what they taught. There was no ambiguity or fun.