Laurel Pollard’s “Zero Prep” Workshops, 2012

* For  Instructors*

Laurel Pollard, an internationally-known education consultant and teacher trainer, came to speak at the AEC (Adult Education Center) on February 29 and March 1, 2012.  She gave two different workshops, two times each. 

February 29 (Wednesday)

2-5 pm: Restore the Joy to Teaching with Zero-Preparation Activities

6-9 pm: Learners’ Lives as Curriculum: Creating Learner-Centered Lessons

March 1 (Thursday) (workshop times are switched)

2-5 pm: Learners’ Lives as Curriculum: Creating Learner-Centered Lessons

6-9 pm: Restore the Joy to Teaching with Zero-Preparation Activities

Workshop Descriptions

Restore the Joy to Teaching with Zero Preparation Activities

Wednesday, February 29th , 2-5 pm    or Thursday, March 1st , 6-9 pm

What if you took the time to mentally review every activity for ESL, ABE, or Comp Ed students that you had ever used or heard of? Then what if you went through and chose only the activities that are the very best for learning — and that take no time (or almost no time) for the teacher to prepare? The authors of Zero Prep did just that! In this hands-on session, you’ll practice activities that:   1) activate every student, 2) are easily adapted for content and level, 3) incorporate listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary, 4) draw on various “intelligences,” and 5) require  no prep time before or after class.

Incorporating Zero Preparation activities into your planning gives you time to relax, reflect, and recover your vision. Handouts will be provided.

Learners’ Lives as Curriculum (LLC): Creating Learner-Centered Lessons
Wednesday, February 29th , 6-9 pm    or Thursday, March 1st , 2-5 pm

This workshop shows how to take learners’ own stories and develop them into an integrated series of lessons that reflect students’ experiences, interests, and needs. Following Gail Weinstein’s model, LLC (Learners’ Lives as Curriculum), participants will:

1.  review a series of model exercises developed by Dr. Weinstein from a student story

2.  choose a new story and work in groups to develop activities and exercises based on the LLC model.

The result: a new thematic unit and a better understanding of how possible — and how exciting — it is to use learners’ stories as the basis for language lessons. Participants will also have access to others who are using the LLC model so that they can share their experiences.