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Making Content Meaningful with Concept Mapping

Concept or mind mapping is a visual way to organize thoughts to make connections between ideas. This instructional strategy allows students to connect personal meaning to concepts by graphically organizing their thinking and has the potential effect size of .64 (Hattie, 2015). In this session, participants will learn the difference between concept mapping and graphic organizers, how to model it for students, how to get started, and how to use technology tools that support the strategy.

TFAA - 2/19/2020

Section # 12532

SPS - 2/25/2020

Section # 12533

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Both will be held from 3:00 - 4:30 for 1.5 hours/credit.


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Socratic Seminar & Classroom Discussion

Two of the top soft skills needed by employers are critical thinking and emotional intelligence. Socratic seminar, a form of classroom discussion, is a collaborative, intellectual dialogue about a text facilitated with open-ended questions. The purpose of a Socratic seminar is to gain a better understanding of textual ideas and values, of ourselves, and of each other. Classroom Discussion can have an effect size of .82. In this session, participants will experience the Socratic seminar process, review strategies for creating intentional questions, and review best practice and tips shared by RCS teachers. Digital tools to support this strategy will be highlighted in this session.

TFAA - 3/18/2020

Section # 12697

SPS - 3/24/2020

Section # 12698

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Both will be held from 3:00 - 4:30 for 1.5 hours/credit.


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Self-Assessment: A Blended Learning Bold School Strategy

Student self-assessment involves students in evaluating their own work and learning progress. Through self-assessment, students can: identify their own skill gaps, see where to focus their attention, set realistic goals, revise their own work, and track their own progress. During this session you will dive into Bold School’s Blended Learning instructional strategy…Self-Assessment. Join us as we explore self-assessment and how this strategy can increase the rigor and relevance of your classroom content.

Dates & Times TBD

Performance Matters

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Contact Information

Thurman Francis Arts Academy

615.904.6715 ext 28114


Smyrna Primary School

615.904.6720 ext 27721