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Wednesday, March 1 • 8:30am - 11:00am
Why Aren't Students Sitting at their Desks?

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This workshop will offer ideas and tools to promote inquiry-based, personalized learning to meet the needs of all students. Children are encouraged to investigate their natural curiosity to study a topic they are passionate about as a means to conduct research, understand the content in greater depth, and possibly connect with experts from across the globe using technology-based communication tools. Students then have choice in how they design, create, and share these projects with an authentic audience, including classmates, teachers, and families, and potentially the entire Internet-connected world. This launch process of publicly sharing either multimedia portfolios or traditional presentation models sets a purpose and motivates students to produce high quality work. Students may, and most likely will fail in their initial plan or at some point in their journey. And then they will learn, innovate, adapt, and discover how to proceed, with student as leader, and teacher as facilitator, encourager, and supporter. The process is messy, but powerful….like real life. Once you experience it, you will never turn back. Come re-energize yourself!

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Mary Flessas

Teacher on Special Assignment/Instructional Coach, River Trails School District 26
Mary Flessas, River Trails School District 26, Teacher on Assignment, is a passionate educator and lifelong learner with twenty years of experience in elementary education. She enjoys using technology and student-centered learning to inspire, motivate, and foster creativity. Her goal is to cultivate eager, enthusiastic children and teachers that have a true excitement for learning. She believes that there isn’t anything children cannot... Read More →

Matthew Silverman

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, River Trails District 26

Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
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