Online Workshop: Beginner’s Mind: Scaffolding, Reteaching and Making a Lesson Plan – Jun 2

Posted by City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families Adult Education on May 23, 2023

This workshop is part of the Office of Children and Families (OCF) Adult Education’s Spring professional development workshop series for adult educators, administrators, and volunteers.

How can educators use “beginner’s mind” to approach the crafting of our lesson plans? In this hands-on workshop, we will practice building creative and strong scaffolding with presence and curiosity. For instance, while repetition can play a crucial role in learning, it can sometimes become tiresome. We’ll discuss creative ways to build upon repetition in our lessons, and we will also practice some mindfulness techniques so that we can bring a fresh presence to familiar material. Part participatory workshop and part presentation, participants will bring a lesson that they are struggling with, and will leave with some scaffolding ideas.

About the Facilitator: Amy Ballard (she/her) is an adult educator and curriculum writer. She holds a Master of Education degree with a focus on TESOL and adult literacy. She has worked in community-based programs and community colleges teaching GED preparation, English for speakers of other languages, college readiness, and parenting skills to support child development. Amy currently co-facilitates PHENND’s Trauma-Informed Educator Cohorts for community-based programs and higher education professionals. She is a co-author of Trauma-Informed Principles for Online Teaching and Learning Spaces.

Date and Time: Friday, June 2, 2023, 10:00-11:30 AM


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