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2016 SMSTA Central Region Conference: Teaching is a HOOT


Save the date to attend the SMSTA Central Region’s Conference: Teaching is a HOOT, on Sat., April 9 at the University of Central Missouri.

Details and Registration

Schedule for the Day of the Event:

  • 9:00 – 9:45 Registration (Lovinger Building Second Floor)
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Keynote Speaker (Hendricks Hall)
  • 11:15 – 12:00 1st Workshop
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:15 – 2:00 2nd Workshop
  • 2:15 – 3:00 3rd Workshop
  • 3:15 – 3:45 Closing remarks

Cost of Event:  $25.00

  • Includes lunch, a t-shirt and workshops.

Lunch Choices:

– A boxed lunch from Jimmy Johns that includes chips, one giant cookie and pickle spear.

  1.  Slim 1: Ham and Cheese
  2.  Slim 4:Turkey Breast
  3. Slim 6: Double Cheese

You will have the choice of water or soda to drink.

University of Central Missouri
108 W. South St.
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Teaching is a HOOT Workshop Descriptions

Unlocking Your Super Power When Working with Students from Diverse Socio-Economic Levels

Target Audience: All Education Majors

Presenter: Dr. Deana Layton

Schools today serve a socio-economically diverse population of students. As a result, schools are looking for superhero teachers ready to make a difference in the lives of students. During this session, we will explore key characteristics, practices, and beliefs teachers need to achieve maximum student impact regardless of a student’s socio-economic status. We will also discuss the reality of teaching when serving under-resourced or privileged students and how to persevere through challenging times.

Connecting Classrooms with Parents

Target Audience:  Elementary and Early Childhood (Pre-K – 5th grade)

Presenter:  Karen Cangelose

Communication is a key factor when planning for your first year of school. Partnering with parents and keeping communication lines open between home and school are vital to a successful school year. During this session you will be exposed to a variety of tools and ideas that you can put into place even on the very first day of school.  Helping parents “see” what is happening in the classroom will help them stay connected and involved.

Teacher Panel

Target Audience: All Education Majors

Presenters: Heidi Moore, Tonni Schmidt, and Tammie Slifer

Beginning your career as a first-year teacher can be a daunting experience. Luckily, veteran teachers love sharing their wisdom with novices. In this breakout session, educators from the elementary, middle and secondary levels will share things they wish they would have known coming into the teaching profession.

Teaching is a HOOT

Target Audience: All Education Majors

Presenter: Lisa Jacques

A continuation of the keynote speaker, learn ways to incorporate smiles and laughter in your classroom as your students learn.

Professional Rights and Responsibilities

Target Audience: All Education Majors

Presenter: Kyle Farmer

Everyone is shooting for that teaching job of his or her dreams. If you are lucky, you will be offered that dream job. They place that large contract in front of you. Uh oh. Your teachers never taught you about contracts during you classes in college, so how are you supposed to sign without understanding the contract fully?

To help us decode the contract between teachers and school districts, we have the MSTA Staff Attorney Kyle Farmer. He will also be discussing some legal topics that could benefit us future teachers.

Keynote Speaker

Teaching is a HOOT!

(Are you serious?)

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” – Victor Borge

Yes, teaching is a serious business, and the impact teachers have on students’ lives, learning, and emotional well-being are tremendous. However; having a sense of humor and being able to laugh with your students are two of the most important traits a teacher can have!

There have been numerous studies conducted and books written on effects of laughter, but the facts remains, LAUGHING FEELS GOOD! Studies have found that on the average, children laugh several hundred times a day as opposed to adults who laugh less than twenty. Where did the laughter go? Is it lost, never to be found in the art of teaching? How do you as a new teacher, with all the challenges you will face, find the HOOTINESS in teaching?

Come listen to and laugh with Lisa Jacques, former teacher and administrator, share experiences and personal stories about how teaching can be a HOOT!

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