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Welcome Teacher Tom!

Welcome Teacher Tom!
Tom Hobson is a preschool teacher, speaker, artist, and author, and is best known for his blog, “Teacher Tom’s Blog”. He is the sole employee of the Woodland Park Cooperative Preschools, a collection of 4 separate parent-owned and operated schools housed under a single roof, knit together by Teacher Tom’s democratic, progressive play-based pedagogy. Teacher Tom came into teaching through the back door, so to speak, having enrolled his own child in cooperative preschool, where he began working daily in his daughter’s classroom as an assistant teacher. When it was time for his daughter to move on, he “stayed behind,” where he plans to remain for the rest of his life.
 
Topics to be Explored
Democratic Education: Tom speaks on the topic of bringing the habits and principles of democracy into early years classrooms. He will begin by discussing the purpose of education in a democracy and the original intent for education. He will then explain how a play-based curriculum works, and demonstrate how it is an ideal model of democracy in action. Participants will learn the benefits of introducing democratic principals into their classroom, the traits and habits required for self-governance, and some practical tips on how to implement these ideas into their own classrooms.
 
Speaking With Children So They Can Think: In a very real sense, the language we use creates reality. Tom speaks on the specific words we use, and how and when we use them, shapes reality for our students for both good and bad. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of being clear and precise with language; creating space in which children must do their own thinking and make their own decisions; and supporting children as they learn from the natural consequences of their behaviors.
 
Date/Agenda:
-Friday, January 12th, 6-8 PM
“The Education Instinct”
-Saturday, January 13th
8-11 “Speaking With Children So They Can Think”
11-12 Lunch Provided
12-3 “Story Time With Teacher Tom”
 
Location:
-CBTECH 900 East Yonezawa Blvd.
 
Link to RSVP: DUE By December 15th
tickets-39713660628
 
Other Information:
-Contact Person: Kortni Nelson knelson@mlsd161.org
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