When

Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM EST
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Contact

Carol-lee Lane 
Discover Writing Company 
802 345 9193 
accounting@discoverwriting.com 

 

Where

Glickman Family Library, USM , Portland 
University of Southern Maine
314 Forest ave
Portland, ME 04101
 

7th Floor of the Glickman Library

Park for FREE  in the garage attached to the Abromson Center.  


 
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Contact

Carol-lee Lane 
Discover Writing Company 
802 345 9193 
accounting@discoverwriting.com 

Free Book and DVDrom for each attendee! ($29 value)

Each attendee recieves their own copy of the 160 page  Force Field for Good Lesson guide, with 10 complete lessons and songs for teaching kindness in conjunction with literature every month of the school year,

Walk away with everything you need to create a Force Field for Good in your classroom and school tomorrow.

Find more materials and information at www.forcefieldforgood.com

Force Field for Good is an invitation to think, reflect, sing-along, read and take action for the good in the world.  Each song is a springboard into books and conversation and action. Each pairing of music and literature is the nudge we need to continue striving to become our truest, best self. 
      Lester Laminak,co-author of Bullying Hurts

What are teachers saying?

What are kids saying ?

Force Field for Good transformed our school culture!

  Brian Benvidedes, Principal, Glennmoor Elementary

 

Aside from the enormous benefits my daughter derived from being in such a happy and democratic classroom; she and I still return to the question “am I being my higher self?” regularly during discussions at home. It is a very simple and effective way to tune in to your moral compass.   

Jeni Hester, parent

 

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Creating a

Force Field for Good:

Literacy Learning that Teaches Self Awareness and Transforms Classroom Culture

 A dynamic one day seminar that inspires a new way of teaching 

 For Teachers K-5, administrators, school counselors, and literacy speacialists.


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Price $99

Includes, morning refreshments, Force Field for Good book/cd and certificate

 

Create a Culture of Kindness through

Story and Song

Presented by outstanding, best selling author, teacher, troubadour,  Barry Lane

 

Barry Lane is a writer who teaches writing.  His many books for teachers include, After THE END: Teaching and Learning Creative Revision, 51 Wacky We-search Reports, Reviser's Toolbox, Why We Must Run with Scissors (with Gretchen Bernabei). The Healing Pen , Hooked on Meaning and But How Do You Teach Writing.  His workshops are fun and engaging and help teachers to create a class of lifelong writers. Find out more about his work  and school visits at www.barrylane.com.  


In this idea-packed day will learn how to:

  • Use songs to teach theme and give insight into literature study and memoir writing
  • Utilize the home/school connection to build stronger bridges between parent and teacher
  • Teach the Widening Circle to help students expand their thinking beyond the Me culture 
  • Merge the teaching of history and current events with literature study and show students how to forge personal connections
  • Teach powerful lessons that explore complex themes like xenophobia, materialism, and racism, even to the youngest children.
  • Use Story telling as a tool for deeper comprehension and connection with literature study of the latest children's literature.
  • Teach analysis, synthesis, evidence and other State Standards in an authentic way that relates to all students and leads to meaningful writing and clearer thinking about the choices we make everyday
  • Give students a language and examples for discussing their feelings and actions and tuning their moral compass
  • Expand vocabulary through the teaching of character traits such as , empathy, courage, optimism, acceptance and integrity
  • Build a new culture of kindness while enhancing achievement in reading and writing.
  • Use art and music to teach literacy skills

 How it began.

   When my friend's  11 year old daughter was pinned down and beaten by two 5th grade girls on the playground of an elementary school that proclaimed itself to be a "Bully Free Zone," I asked myself if there might be a more authentic way to create a culture of kindness within schools. Rather than imposing external rewards and punishments, or holding rallys or having children memorize acronyms and rules, children could be stimulated through the natural activites of the classrooom, storytelling, singing, reading and writing, to an intrinsic understanding and the higher-order self-reflection that leads any of us to embrace our individual nobility and act out of our common humanity.

How it evolved.

I started writing songs, collecting literature, and telling stories that reflect the day-to-day challenges children are experiencing on the bus, on the play ground, and in the classroom.  The Big Bad Bully Bus song invites kids to take charge of their own inner bully; Magic Mirror helps them see that we can all use our powers of empathy, and Force Field For Good empowers them to create a shared safe place through emotional authenticity. I posted the music on the web and met a wonderful second grade teacher named Colleen Mestdagh, who helped me turn these resources into a simple, easy to use, year-long self-awareness curriculum for elementary school.  Just one hour a month doing these lessons has transformed classrooms and even whole schools.  

What is it?

Force Field for Good uses songs, literature, and writing lessons to merge literacy instruction with social emotional learning. Comprised of ten children’s songs, (one for each month of the school year), literature connections, writing activities and expanded teaching units, this unique approach builds strong classroom cohesion. As a result, interpersonal respect and compassion, and individual self-recognition and self-mangement are prized by children as the safety net they create for themselves. Working within the activites of literature study and writing instruction, children come to recognize, investigate and practice positive character traits such as integrity, empathy, courage and kindness and develop the language and practice of interpersonal problem solving.

This practical workshop will give you all the tools you need to create a Force Field for Good in your elementary classroom while meeting and exceeding  State Curriculum Standards for Language Arts.

Barry Lane