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Socio-Linguistic Cultural Competency Training – 6 hours

This training reviews the aspects of international education that can affect the classroom and the home. Students from all cultures, whether they are first generation students living in the town or international students who have just arrived, present with vastly different learning issues in the classroom. All educators wear their own cultures in the classroom and managing the diverse classroom means learning new skills of classroom behavior management, group discussions, cultural awareness and recognizing cultural biases. Areas of discussion include paralinguistic features of language, conversation styles, learning styles, main stream cultural values, masking techniques, plagiarism, writing accents and language abilities.

Plagiarism – half an hour

Plagiarism can be easily handled in the classroom but requires creative attention and perseverance. Solutions are given that will help the educator minimize the risk of plagiarism and an examination of the reasons why students engage in this activity.

Learning Disabilities – one hour

Recognizing, evaluating and addressing learning disabilities in the ESL adult or child is a challenge. The LD is often mis-labeled as an ESL learning issues when it is something more. A proven and effective check list is given and discussed as well as a review on formal and informal evaluations that can be done for these students. Most of what we know of LD comes from research done in the USA and students and families need to be approached in a sensitive manner.

Global Ambassador Training Program – Monthly Training webinars for students

This is a ten-chapter program that covers all aspects of having a diverse classroom however, it is designed to instruct domestic students on the issues of diversity in the classroom. A teacher or counsellor can be taught to distribute this program at the school or a trainer can be hired to do the program. The program chapters are: Linguistics, Language History, Para Linguistics, Mainstream Cultural Values, Masking Techniques, Cultural Adjustment Phases, International Academics, Languages of Love and Homestay Arrangements in the USA.

Engagement Techniques for the classroom – one hour

In this session, we review the dopamine effect of teaching and how to use that in the teaching methodologies. Educators have two minutes to spark engagement to promote motivation for learning. It is important for teaches to understand the brain chemistry of learning and how to incorporate that knowledge into the lesson plan.

Classroom Behavior Management – one hour

In this session, we review the aspects of classroom behavior that can affect teaching and how to manage those issues. Techniques for communicating with students, recognizing masking techniques, managing the disruptive student and more is reviewed.

Cognitive Biases – 2 hours

All of us harbor some form of cognitive bias and in order to neutralize those reactions, we first need to recognize these biases and monitor their expression in our teaching. Educators will review the most common cognitive bias and document their own reaction in those situations that create that bias.

Rubric Design and Review – 4 hours

In this session, several educators and teachers should bring in their sample rubrics, lesson plans and class plans to review. Focus is given to the cultural neutralizing of content, the diversity of the content and ensuring that the student learning outcomes are measurable and attainable for all types of students present in the diverse class.

Emotional Intelligence – 2 hours

This term refers to the mental processes involved in the recognition, use, understanding and management of one’s own and others emotional states to solve problems and regulate behavior. Participants will complete a lengthy survey and will analyze their results immediately afterward.

Critical Thinking Skills Analysis and Teaching Methods – 2 hours

Critical Thinking is often over used and yet when studied and analyzed, is quite a complex web of thought. Time is given to reviewing the following areas intellectual integrity, humility, justice, perseverance, fairmindedness, confidence in reasoning, courage, empathy and autonomy. With these aspects of CT aligned within a teachers’ rubrics, it becomes much easier to include critical thinking in the lesson plans.

For more information on these sessions, please contact the Executive Director, Madeleine Monaghan
Golda at mgolda@bachsonacademy.org or call 857-498- 5322.