Workshops

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Choose from one of the workshops below, or work with Batsheva to customize a workshop specifically for your organization's needs. To book a workshop or discuss ideas, email Batsheva@newlensed.com      

The Lenses of Questioning  Series                                                   

Introduction to Lenses of Questioning

In this age of instant information access and shallow sound bites, it is imperative that we don't lose the skill of thoughtful, critical inquiry. The Lenses of Questioning method (loosely based on the business model of Six Hats of Thinking), as taught in the 2.5 hour workshop, gives solid tools and includes activities to both model for and train students to ask, analyze and answer strong questions. This leads to deeper critical thinking skills and imaginative observations.  5 Lenses of Questioning kits are included with each workshop.

 

Lenses of Questioning  and PBL

Project Based Learning begins with a driving question and is motored by a continual stream of questions that fuel the learning  which leads to the product. The Lenses of Questioning method is the perfect  for making sure that students ask a rich array of     questions, leading to deeper investigation and broader learning.

Read about one teacher's experience using Lenses in her class


Authentic Engagement Workshops

 

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Evidence of Learning: Creating Creative Authentic Assessments

Assessments are an essential part of the educational process - they can help motivate students to progress, aid teachers in planning future lessons, and continue to facilitate the learning process, if used correctly.  Even more so, creative authentic assessments, whether formative or summative, provide a more  comprehensive view of a student's understanding of the material, while giving the student an opportunity to exercise critical thinking skills. They allow a range of intelligences to be expressed. Additionally, because they furnish an enjoyable means for conveying information, students will have positive associations with their education and retain the information. A well -thought-out creative assessment can reinforce or further knowledge.  In this workshop, teachers will learn how to create effective, engaging assessments that give a full view  of a student’s understanding and knowledge of the content.

Strong Women in Literature Tea Party: Each student came dressed as her favorite strong woman in literature, answered questions as her character, and gave advice to one other character from something her own character learned. Pictured clockwise from Batsheva in the hat: Lizzie Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) , Alice (from Wonderland), Tita (Like Water for Chocolate), Idgie (Fried Green Tomatoes),  Jane Eyre, Nettie (The Color Purple) and Evelyn (Fried Green Tomatotoes)

Strong Women in Literature Tea Party: Each student came dressed as her favorite strong woman in literature, answered questions as her character, and gave advice to one other character from something her own character learned. Pictured clockwise from Batsheva in the hat: Lizzie Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) , Alice (from Wonderland), Tita (Like Water for Chocolate), Idgie (Fried Green Tomatoes),  Jane Eyre, Nettie (The Color Purple) and Evelyn (Fried Green Tomatotoes)

Battle of the Big Ideas: History


Gamify any history curriculum using Battle of the Big Ideas and elicit deeper thinking and learning. Experience how this Fantasy Football Meets Enduring Understandings approach can immerse students in the themes and relevance of any historical period.  This creative and engaging connective tool for grades 5 and up, is a game-changer for teaching history.  In this participatory workshop, learn about why gamification is enhancing education across subjects, and how to make it work.


 

Teacher’s Toolkit Workshops

 

Flipping your class doesn't have to be this dramatic!

Flipping your class doesn't have to be this dramatic!

 

Integrating Technology to Enhance Not Overwhelm

Because students’ lives often revolve around technology and social media, finding ways to use them in the classroom in an organic and fruitful manner shows students the positive use of technology. Even teachers who are comfortable with technology in their lives, may not know how to best use it in the class. In this workshop, we will examine examples of how to incorporate tried and true 21st century technology (devices, apps, websites, etc.)  into any curriculum with practical ideas.  Teachers will create at least one lesson plan with a new technology idea from the workshop that they haven't yet tried.

 

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Simplified Understanding by Design

Understanding by Design is one of the most valuable innovations in curriculum design. However, in its full incarnation, it is a challenging and time-consuming model.  Batsheva’s modified version takes all the best  elements of Understanding by Design and simplifies them into a workable and dynamic lesson plan template that will help teachers create and deliver meaningful and engaging lessons.

Say Anything: Using Improvisation for Learning Language    

Learn how to use improvisation in your intermediate to advanced language classes.  Students will learn to think on their feet  and improve their speaking and listening skills while having a great time as they play improvisational games and act in scenes. Teachers will have a great time, too!

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Jewish Education Focused Workshops

 

Tackling T’fillah

    
If you ask Jewish educators to name the most challenging topic to teach, many might say t’fillah. It really  isn’t about the mechanics of prayers—teaching the words or tunes. That’s the easy part. More difficult is helping students find meaning in the t’fillah and connection to the Divine. This workshop helps teachers and schools define their overall goals in teaching t’fillah, and then models inspiring ideas to help achieve those goals.  

Battle of The Big Ideas: Gamify your T'fillah Curriculum to Bring Deeper Meaning  


Experience how this Fantasy Football Meets Big Ideas in Prayer approach can immerse students in the themes and relevance of prayer.  This creative and engaging connective tool for grades 5 and up, is a game-changer for teaching T'fillah.  In this participatory workshop, learn about why gamification is enhancing education across subjects, and how to make it work.

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Students loved their new learning perspectives in our Pirkei Avos class today! Thank you Batsheva and CoJDS!   --- Malky Weisman, Maayan Torah Day School of Portland

Students loved their new learning perspectives in our Pirkei Avos class today!
Thank you Batsheva and CoJDS!   --- Malky Weisman, Maayan Torah Day School of Portland

Lenses, Tech and Text

This workshop combines The Lenses of Questioning method with more advanced activities using various technology, apps and tools to dig deeper into a text.  This hands-on workshop helps teachers feel comfortable with using and teaching various technological approaches in tandem with engaging students inquiry skills. 

Educators from Japanese schools taking the Introduction to Lenses of Questioning workshop.

Educators from Japanese schools taking the Introduction to Lenses of Questioning workshop.

 

Real Game-Changers: Critical –Thinking Games              

Many creative teachers have the excellent instinctual understanding that learning through games is not only valid, but is in many cases, crucial. However, just making a game out of giving out information doesn’t utilize this method to its fullest and most successful potential. The key to creating games, and eventually training our students to use critical thinking and analyzing skills to devise their own games lies with our ability to fashion games that in every way reflect the lessons we are trying to convey. In this workshop we will look at existing games that work, create games that match with each participant’s curriculum, and learn how to model for our students how to create games that can be used both as reinforcing material or assessing the understanding of it.

 

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Creating Lasting Connections to Literature: Text Activators            

Every lesson has an essential, enduring understanding or big idea that we want our students to truly internalize.  How do we get them to move beyond the text and feel the lesson’s main idea in a deep way?   In this collaborative workshop, we will explore how to use the enduring understandings of any lesson, and turn them into fun and active experiential learning to help students fully integrate the lesson and find the relevance in their own lives. Participants will acquire tools and ideas for creating exciting experiential lessons.

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Flipping Your Class             

Many courses, particularly in math and science are finding success in the Flipped Model  of teaching.  The content is delivered  in videos as students’ homework, and the class time is used to reinforce the content with teacher-guided practice and experiential activities.  This workshop introduces and familiarizes teachers with the tools needed to create engaging videos for the homework and meaningful activities for the classroom. 

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Ice-Breakers and Community Makers

How can  we create a sense of community in our schools and classrooms?  How do we get to know our  students and  help our students get to know each other in fun and meaningful ways?  This workshop introduces many ideas that can help develop group dynamics and build strong classroom foundations.      Participants will engage in several activities to experience the ideas for themselves and come away with  practical tools to use immediately.

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Teacher’s Toolkit: Putting it all Together

This intensive 4-5 hour workshop covers all the basics– building community with ice-breakers, classroom management, creative authentic assessments, lesson planning and more with imaginative and innovative approaches.  In this hands-on, interactive workshop, we will cover the general concepts and also address specific challenges in your learning community.  Great for newer teachers looking for practical tools, as well as veteran educators who want some fresh inspirational ideas.

 

 

 

 

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Creating Lasting Connections to Sacred Writings: Text Activators  

    
Every lesson has an essential, enduring understanding or big idea that we want our students to truly internalize.  How do we get them to connect to our ancient texts and feel the lesson’s main idea in a deep way?   In this collaborative workshop, we will explore how to use the enduring understandings of any lesson, and turn them into fun and active experiential learning to help students fully integrate the lesson and find the relevance in their own lives. Participants will acquire tools and ideas for creating exciting experiential lessons. 

 

Say Anything: Using Improvisation for Learning Hebrew     
      

Learn how to use improvisation in your intermediate to advanced Hebrew classes.  Students will learn to think on their feet  and improve their speaking and listening skills while having a great time as they play improvisational games and act in scenes. Teachers will have a great time, too!