Rick Wormeli is back in 2017!

Teaching Young Adolescents:
Motivation, Executive Function, and
Developmentally Appropriate Instruction

October 17, 2017

CT Association of Schools, Cheshire, CT

Working with rapidly morphing humans ages 10 to 15 is among the most intellectual and compassionate of professions, requiring expertise, humor, mental dexterity, and dedication. Join us for a provocative and practical day in which we explore what really works with this age group. We’ll identify the components of highly effective middle level practice and learn what is developmentally appropriate and inappropriate according to the latest research and frontline common sense. We’ll dive into motivation, discipline, getting groups to stay on task, homework suggestions, relating to students, and how to meet the unique needs of young adolescents. Interestingly, too, any list of executive function issues (time management, self-discipline/regulation, moral and abstract reasoning, impulsivity control, organizational skills, and responding appropriately to social situations) can easily be mistaken for a list of the common characteristics of young adolescent learners, so we’ll dive deeply into executive function and the role it plays in young adolescent success. Come with or without questions and add to your repertoire of responses -- This generation of amazing thinkers is more than ready for what it takes to make the world their own; let’s help them do it!

Registration

To register please click here. Please fill it out and fax or mail back to NELMS.

Registration and Schedule

8:30 Registration, Coffee and light pastries
9:00 –12:00 Workshop
12:00 –12:45 Lunch
1:00 –3:00 Conference

 

Modern Assessment Essentials:
Formative/Summative/Common, Descriptive Feedback,
Re-do’s, Myth-Busting, and Practicalities

October 18, 2017

Tyngsborough Middle School, Tyngsborough, MA

Teaching is not a “gotcha” enterprise, yet many assessment approaches fall into that category.  Join us for a provocative workshop in which we identify fundamental elements of formative assessment and contrast them with elements of summative judgment.  Critical to student’s success, descriptive feedback from formative assessment will be emphasized as well.  We’ll look at the validity of all three, busting a few myths along the way.  We’ll emphasize clear and consistent evidence over time, rubric design, how teachers figure out what’s important to teach, giving descriptive feedback, correlating assessments to objectives, and dozens of formative assessment techniques.  In addition, we all know that we become competent teachers by teaching a lot.  We teach, receive critique, revise our efforts, and teach again, but a little better each time.  With that in mind, this topic will take a deep dive into the ethics and logistics regarding students re-doing work and assessments for full credit.  Real learning that moves to long-term memory is reiterative. We need to extend the same opportunities to our students, even in a curriculum-overload culture, and we can do it in such a way as to increase student maturation and achievement over that which could be achieved with “No re-do’s allowed” policies.  

               

Don’t miss this candid, information-packed presentation on several of the topics that cause the most concern in teaching today, but also result in some of the most meaningful student growth you’ll ever see.  Come, and get the transforming ideas that will affect how you ethically and accurately design, assess, and report student achievement. Teacher integrity and student futures are at stake here: Both are worth the informed focus on what works!

Registration

To register please click here. Please fill it out and fax or mail back to NELMS.

Registration and Schedule

8:30 Registration, Coffee and light pastries
9:00 –12:00 Workshop
12:00 –1:00 Lunch
1:00 –3:00 Conference

About Rick

picture of rick wormeli Rick Wormeli brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations, and his instructional practice, including more than 25 years of teaching. He is 2008 Winner of the “NELMS James P. Garvin Distinguished Service Award” and a regular columnist for the NMSA’s Middle Ground magazine. He is the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher, as well as the best-selling books, Day One and Beyond: Practical Matters for New Middle Level Teachers, Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12 all four from NMSA and Stenhouse Publishers.

With his substantive presentations, sense of humor, and unconventional approaches, he’s been asked to present nationally and internationally. He lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife and two college age children