Sunday, April 12, 2015

Professional Development at Cincinnati Convention

I spent the last three days at the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. My main goal for attending this year was professional development for the writing classes I teach for homeschoolers. I wanted to examine as much writing curriculum as I could. I will be writing down some impressions of the curriculum I looked at, but nothing was a game-changer for me.

These are the information-packed
seminars I attended.

  • The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing - Andrew Pudewa (IEW)
  • Dyslexia Remediation and a Strength Perspective: Hope and Help for Dyslexics - Beth Ellen Nash (Wings2Soar Academy)
  • George Washington: Father of Our Country - Jim Weiss (Greathall Productions)
  • Fiction as a Weapon in the Culture Wars: How to Write Back and Fight Back - Don Brown 
  • Finding the Glitch When Kids Won't Write - Karen Holinga (Demme Learning/Math-U-See)
  • How to Read a Great Book and a Hard One - Andrew Kern (CiRCE Institute)
  • Danger of the Homeschool Bubble: Helping Your Kids Discover God's Purpose for Their Lives - Bob Sjogren (Cat and Dog Theology)
  • Teaching Students to Test Truth Claims - John Stonestreet (Chuck Colson Center)
  • Preparing Students for College Writing - Kim Priesmeyer (Belhaven University)
  • Quitting is Not An Option: How to be a Homeschool "Lifer" - Tina Hollenbeck (Celebrate Kids, Inc.)

I will post some thoughts on each of these seminars in the next few weeks.