John Joseph’s Workshop Programs
For Teachers, Leaders, and Administrators:
Neuroeducation: Learning with the Brain in Mind: when teaching becomes learning
Developing Emotional Intelligence: enhancing teacher and student well being
Assessment with the Brain in Mind: strategies to improve motivation and academic performance
Developing Critical, Creative and Curious Thinkers: strategies to improve motivation and academic performance
Differentiation: designing teaching and learning strategies for reaching every student
Max Your Students’ Brain: Teacher Training: 2-day train-the-trainer program for teachers
Mind Your Brain: learning, memory, emotions, wellness, and living a balanced harmonious life!
How to become a SuperStar learner! (2-day workshop, please request further information)
Wake Up to the Impact of Sleep: creating healthy sleep and sustainable use of screen devices
My Talents: Linking Education with Employment – schooling with a greater purpose in mind
Cautionary Tales: Highs and Lows of Drug Consumption: be aware, be drug smart!
Parenting with the Brain in Mind: raising great families (a seminar for parents)
Workshop 1 – Neuroeducation
This course explores some of the key findings linked to neuroscience/brain research and challenges educators to think about student identity, concept development, memory and learning, motivation, the importance of sleep and why learning about learning is a key factor in improved student engagement.
1. Setting the scene: why is knowing about the brain important in today’s schools
2. What is neuro-education: 25+ brain-compatible teaching and learning strategies How the
3. Brain Learns: enhancing our contemporary neuro-education perspective of learning
4. Older-Views – Newer-Views: changing views about the brain, learning, memory and intelligence
5. Generation Gaps: innovative teaching for a modern, interconnected and changing world.
6. Closing the achievement gap: ways to reduce the gap between the lowest and highest performing students
7. PISA: why Finland, Sth Korea, China and Poland dominate internationals student rankings.
8. Effect Sizes: which innovations make the biggest difference to learning, drawing on key research evidence
9. Building student Motivation and Confidence: creating the conditions for engaging all learners
10. The Four Worlds: crafting education experiences for the Heart, the Hands, the Intellect and the Future
11. Information Processing Model: ways to teach using explicit levels of memory and stages of learning. Teaching
12. Strategies: knowing what, when and why to select strategies that improve student learning
13. Why the brain forgets: striking the balance between memory, forgetting and thinking
14. The purposes and benefits of Homework: 5 strategies to make homework more. efficient and more effective
15. The critical role of sleep in learning: brain care for optimal learning and decreased off-task behaviour
Workshop 2 – Developing Emotional Intelligence
For those interested in what neuroscience and current well-being research are saying about how best to enhance students’ emotions, self-talk, behaviour and concepts. This course explores why people act as they do, and how to use questions and statements that inspire rather than shut-down or alienate others. It is an inspiring workshop!
1. Introduction to the Emotional Rooms Model: a model of hope and inspiration
2. Understanding feelings and emotions: neuro-education perspectives on how to manage emotions
3. Attitudes and Concepts: how students’ thoughts and emotions influence their thinking and behaviour
4. Effects of allostasis, stress, boredom and enrichment on brains: creating ideal classroom conditions
5. The Concept Model: using questions rather than statements to build optimism and healthy thought patterns
6. The Hope and Despair Cycles: teaching students how to manage key emotions
7. Energisers and Engagement: using emotions to shift focus; to maximise engagement and to boost learning
8. Introducing the ‘Chatz’: teaching students how to manage their our own self-talk
9. Student Voice: ways to share authentic power with students; moving from being ‘done to’ to ‘working with’
10. Developing Student Leadership: students as active participants in self-review and school improvement
11. Planning and presenting lessons with the Emotional Rooms Model: classroom practical applications
12. Behaviour rubrics: constructing frameworks for behaviour, consequences and reporting to parents
13. Discipline with dignity: non-punitive management strategies for every classroom
14. Red Room: strategies for management and prevention of crisis situations
15. The Strengths, Challenges and Growth Meter: a tool for identifying problems and planning growth
Workshop 3 – Assessment with the Brain in Mind
A practical and innovative formative assessment course designed to bring your students into the learning design and assessment processes. Shift more responsibility to students and build engagement by giving students a voice in their learning and obtain their support in documenting it.
1. The importance of feedback in the learning process: a beginning point for planning assessment
2. How ‘authentic assessment’ differs from ‘traditional’ assessment: assessment for learning
3. Purposes of assessment: prioritising our purposes and linking them with practise
4. Developing an assessment tool kit: moving from results and grades to reflection and performance
5. Engaging young minds: ways to engage students as key participants in the assessment process
6. Assessment processes: creating an assessment framework and placing the tool kit into classroom action
7. The purposes and benefits of testing: why and when to use tests
8. Test Preparation: teaching students how and why to study effectively
9. Rubrics as assessment and coaching instruments: the why and how of building assessment rubrics
10. Roundtable assessment: holding students accountable through public performance
11. Assessment for diagnostic purposes: why do students achieve or underachieve?
12. Recording and reporting student achievement: making reporting more meaningful