Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Katie Powell

Sixth grade teacher Sixth grade teacher Katie Powell began teaching in 2005 in special education and Title 1, developing strategies that leverage curiosity and fun to engage students while driving learning deeper. She has fine-tuned these strategies to be deployable in any setting without sacrificing teachers' already limited time or money. Katie believes in respecting the expertise of teachers and shares ideas they can utilize within their own teaching styles. These ideas are available on the TeachBeyondtheDesk website, in workshop sessions, and in her new book. Let's reclaim the wonder of learning!

Featured Sessions

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Worksheet Busters: Easy, Low Prep Activities You Can Use Again and Again for Any Content
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies
Learn to turn ordinary worksheets into active, collaborative, memorable learning experiences that can be used over and over again for virtually any content with little to no preparation. Imagine the response when you dump 30 colorful balls in the middle of your room, tell students to turn their worksheets into paper airplanes, or unfurl a giant board game across your floor. Curious? They will be too. And they'll want to come back for more tomorrow.

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Taming the Grading: Ways to Use Homework as Valuable Instructional Time Without Grading for Hours at Home
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies
Time is perhaps your most precious commodity. From bell to bell and day to day, there just never seems to be enough of it. But traditional trade-to-grade practices waste valuable instructional time, and most students get very little out of the experience. Come learn ways to grade homework in class as active, rather than passive, learning exercises that hold students accountable to doing the homework, save time and still provide useful data, and help students grow toward mastery while evaluating their own understanding.

Friday - November 8, 2019
Lecture Busters: Engaging Ways to Break Up Your Lecture and Get Students Thinking
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies
Given that even most adults can pay attention to a lecture just minutes at a time, it's no surprise our students “zone out" sometimes. Lecture Busters are engaging, challenging, thought-provoking checks for understanding we can use to break up our lectures, get students thinking about what we have taught, and provide useful feedback to guide our teaching. These Lecture Busters are easy to have on hand to use spur-of-the-moment or as a planned part of our teaching routine. Bust the lecture routine and get students engaged!