2-Part Interactive Virtual Workshop
Using Play & Movement to Promote Inclusion, Interaction, and Exploration
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Active learning is essential for social emotional development, health, wellness, and learning growth. Play is powerful—in person and virtually! GUM (Get Up & Move) activities help to engage children with diverse abilities socially, academically & physically.
This two-part interactive workshop for educators, counselors, parents or anyone working with early childhood or elementary-aged children, explores the importance of integrating active play, kinesthetic instruction, & physical movement into inclusive learning experiences. We will demonstrate strategies for adapting lesson plans and classroom activities to actively include children with a wide range of strengths & needs.
And it wouldn't be a workshop about play without the fun! Workshop participants should be ready to engage in warm-ups, games, & simulations designed to get bodies moving, brains thinking, and smiles beaming.
Participants can expect to:
- Learn and understand the benefit of integrating movement & physical activity into inclusive early childhood & elementary instruction.
- Design inclusive GUM activities that integrate movement & physical activity to fit your specific program’s/children’s needs
- Collaborate with other professionals in small groups to develop inclusive GUM activities you can implement at school and at home to promote healthy movement, creative expression, and active learning.
- Receive individualized feedback on your inclusive GUM activity drafts from instructor including suggestions for adaptations and accommodations for a wide range of children’s abilities.
- Lead inclusive GUM activities with your students then reflect on successes and challenges with instructor & other participants to make improvements & exchange ideas.
- Walk away with GUM materials, ideas, and resources from instructor and other participants to use in your program immediately.
PART ONE: Interactive Workshop
Introduction & GUM Activity Design
- Explore fundamental principles of active play & movement-rich instruction.
- Demonstrate effective strategies to integrate movement into activities and attend to all children’s strengths and needs.
- Engage in whole group & small group GUM activities & lessons modeling these techniques.
- Practice designing and leading inclusive GUM activities & lessons with instructor guidance.
HOMEWORK: Independent Application (Anytime Between Workshops)
Assignment and Feedback with Materials Provided:
- Design a GUM activity for implementation in a real-world setting.
- Submit activity draft to instructor for individualized written feedback & suggestions.
- Implement GUM activity.
- Reflect on what worked & what didn’t.
PART TWO: Interactive Workshop
Assessment & GUM Activity Evolution:
- Analyze sample GUM reflections and make changes/improvements to lessons.
- Analyze individual GUM reflections and propose changes/improvements.
- Evolve a singular GUM activity into connected lessons/themed units with instructor guidance.
- Share GUM lesson/unit ideas with peers to walk away with multiple ready-to-implement activities.
Post Workshop Add-Ons
(optional) - Available to choose when you register
Participant sends a GUM lesson to instructor for guidance & feedback prior to teaching it in their “classroom” then meets for a follow up session to discuss how it went.
Instructor virtually observes participant teaching a 30 minute (or less) GUM lesson, then meets for a feedback session to discuss successes, improvements, and suggestions.
Instructor leads a 30-minute GUM lesson virtually with participant’s “class” while they observe, then meets for a follow-up session to discuss takeaways and ideas.
Interested in joining a workshop or have questions? Contact Amanda Kloo at email@example.com.
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