There are eight workshops in this series. Each two-hour workshop is structured as follows …
Getting Ready — Site Investigation (30 min.)
Each workshop will begin with a 30-minute Site
Investigation designed to "get you ready" for the workshop broadcast.
Detailed instructions for Getting Ready are included at the beginning
of the support materials for each workshop.
Televised Broadcast (1 hour)
Becky and Heather will be our hosts for the broadcasts. Their job is
to guide you through the following segments, which will appear regularly
- Metaphorically Speaking – Research shows that metaphors are
particularly useful in conceptualizing specific approaches to teaching,
and that classroom change can be facilitated by considering alternative
metaphors. Each week, Metaphorically Speaking will explore a different
teaching metaphor by featuring the daily work of a non-teaching professional.
We invite you to reflect upon your own metaphors for yourself and your
students, and to consider how exploring different teaching metaphors might
facilitate change in your classroom.
- The Great Bean Bag Adventure – What does a seed need to sprout?
This deceptively simple question launches us into a series of bean investigations,
using science and math along the way, and we want you to get involved in
the Adventure, too! Our hosts will discuss our results during each broadcast,
and these results will be available in detail on the Web site. Additionally,
you will be able to describe your own experiments and post your results
for others to see. In essence, we will be working as a team not only to
enrich understandings about seeds, but also to share an authentic experience
that can be used as a referent for discussing workshop issues.
- Classroom Clips – At any one moment in the classroom, teachers
face myriad decisions. During each broadcast, you will view Classroom
Clips -- videoclips of math and science lessons from actual K-5 classrooms
-- that "leave off" at important decision-making points. While
viewing these clips, consider what you might do in your own classroom given
- Conversations – The best resource for teachers is other teachers.
As a companion to each Classroom Clip, a small group of K-5 teachers
will engage in Conversations—spirited exchanges of ideas about
the workshop topic in relation to the Classroom Clips and their
- Site Conversations – Twice during each broadcast, you, too,
will have an opportunity to discuss the issues with your own colleagues
in five-minute Site Conversations. The topics for these discussions
are included in the materials for each workshop, and will also appear on
the screen during the five-minute Site Conversation segments in
- Try This! – Teachers are always looking for new activities
to do with their students. Each week, our Try This! host Flavia
will present a fun math or science activity that you can try in your classroom.
- Did You Know – At some point within each broadcast, we will
surprise you with an interesting education-related fact or statistic.
Going Further — Site Investigation (30 min.)
Each workshop will conclude with a 30-minute Site Investigation, designed
to help you synthesize the ideas presented in the workshop, and give you
and your colleagues a chance to discuss steps you might take to incorporate
the ideas into your own classrooms. Detailed instructions for Going
Further are included in the materials for each workshop.
About the Contributors
More Workshop Components
Helpful Hints for Successful Site Investigations
The Great Bean Bag Adventure
Invitation to Interact
– Classroom Clips
Suggested Teaching Resources