NOT ANOTHER THING TO DO!
Integrating Creative Work Without all the Work: Planning, Process, & Outcome
While we each design and build our own board games, we’ll teach your staff how to use play-based creative activities to deepen inquiry and content learning. We’ll give you all the tools you need to create high-engagement projects without stress. We’ll talk about the creative process and how we can encourage resilience, reflection, question posing, problem solving, and collaboration. Educators will leave with new working language, lesson guides, and loads of new ideas to easily bring creative work to their classroom.
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What is Creative work?
Good question. Creative work is the work of childhood. Children are built to tinker, to play, to create, and to make meaning of their world with their hands. We give them the space, materials, tools, and guidance to do their best work.
Fun Professional development? It can be done!
C&a offers engaging and relevant professional development opportunities for educators.
Book a two-hour PD session and receive a certificate of completion towards professional development hours.
Combine sessions to make a whole day of creative development.
Your session will include one hands-on activity that can be translated into the classroom with ease. Educators will have a chance to experience firsthand the excitement and engagement that comes with creative work (read: not another boring talk-a-thon). While we create, we will provide loads of relevant and actionable information about a specific topic.
Our favorite PD Themes
How to be the Worst
Modeling Failure, Reflection, and Resilience
Not being good at things can be hard for teachers. In this workshop, we’ll pull back the curtain on failure and all it’s useful glory. Participants will be tasked to design, cut, and stitch a stuffie. Easy for some, not so easy for others. We’ll use this activity to talk through modeling strategies, self-reflection, classroom culture, student experts, and more. Educators will leave with loads of new strategies that promote failure, reflection, and resiliency.
Hands-on Work for ELL and ND Kids
Hands-on work is incredibly beneficial for everyone but especially for those kiddos where auditory processing is still a work in progress. While we use scrapwood, loose parts, and hand tools to design and build simple machines or rolling toys, we’ll discuss how creative work can trigger the flow state, calm high sensory input kids, create buy-in, and serve a variety of hard-to-reach kiddos. Creative work is also fantastic for ELLs especially if done to front-load academic content. Educators will leave with a variety of strategies to serve ND and ELL kids with lesson plans and a strategy cheat sheet.