CIMA 2017 is only 14 days away and we know participants are eager to plan their schedules! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.
We’re going to launch things off with Seth Herrington – he’s the Program Manager of the Bilingual/ESL Team here at Region 13, and also serves as a Bilingual/ESL Specialist. Seth spends a good part of his time helping districts and charters navigate the complexities of Bilingual and ESL programs. At CIMA, Seth will be leading a breakout session titled “Why Students Tune-Out: Sources and Solutions”. Here’s a little more about it Seth, and about the session:
Q: First things first, what’s your name?
A: Seth Herrington
Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?
A: It’s called “Why Students Tune Out: Sources and Solutions.”
Q: If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?
A: So, as educators, I think we’ve all experienced that moment where we really feel that we’re delivering content that is engaging our students, but when we look out at the students in our classroom, we see at least a few students who are totally checked out from what we’re teaching. And sometimes, it’s the same students, every day, seemingly without fail. It’s frustrating! In this session, we’ll look at the various reasons students may neglect to engage at school, and then we’ll delve into solutions specific to each source. Low motivation, for example, is something I hear teachers mention regularly – and for good reason! It’s hard to motivate students once they’ve lost that “fire” to engage. Anyway, that’s one of several sources we’ll talk about, and while there’s no quick solution, we’ll spend some time talking about how we can work towards improving outcomes.
Q: CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?
A: Honestly, this content is good for everyone, LOTE, Bilingual, and ESL stakeholders will all benefit, and it’s good content regardless of your role within each of those categories.
Q: How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?
A: When our learners aren’t engaged, or if they’re dealing with something that inhibits their cognitive capacity, all the hard work we spend planning is, well, maybe not wasted, but at least compromised! Teaching students who are acquiring a language requires that we plan with that in mind, and this session will help participants do that better.
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