Teacher Training

Best Practices Standards in Education, according to Grover J. Whitehurst, former  director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (research arm of the Department of Education)

  • A clear and common focus
  • High standards and expectations
  • Strong leadership
  • Supportive, personalized, and relevant learning
  • Parental/community involvement
  • Monitoring, accountability, and assessment
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Professional development
  • Time and structure

The Best of the Best

With a combination of best practices in education (see sidebar), commitment to teachers, and a rich background in her fields of study, Chaia May delivers teacher-training programs for educators that hit the mark every time. With Chaia’s training, teachers can learn how to reach their students effectively and with relevance.

Chaia’s teacher-training programs cover a range of topics including The Neurobiology of Movement (an analysis of the brain and the nervous system in relation to movement), addressing sensory integration issues in the classroom and home, and integrating classical music into the music curriculum.

Chaia’s highly interactive workshop presentations are designed to meet the needs of new and experienced teachers, as well as leaders of family education programs.

Workshop Value

  • Creative and practical curriculum development for abstract concepts
  • Lesson-plan design for student enjoyment and understanding
  • Suggestions for songs, movement, stories, dramatic role-play, puppetry, and arts and crafts to heighten the student experience and integrate rich sensory input as well as help calm and focus children
  • Fill the need for music education with rich, highly interactive and engaging classical music curriculum for ages 2-5

Teacher Training Seminar Topcs

  • Introducing original and traditional stories designed especially for ages two through six
  • Using interactive songs and chants, accompanied by games and movement exercises
  • Understanding neurological basis of movement—an overview of sensory integration, the latest in brain research on children with special needs and how to integrate both into the pre-school classroom
  • Increasing sensory integration techniques into the daily classroom with rituals that stimulate sensory development
  • Incorporating emotional management techniques into the daily classroom, for typical and atypical children
  • Learning Jewish music and movement for pre-school, K-2, and Jewish Day School classrooms
  • Incorporating family histories and Jewish values with curriculum
  • Developing environmental consciousness through holiday activities and songs of praise
  • Making High Holidays—Days of Awe—meaningful for children and parents
  • Discovering “Worlds of Wonder” through holiday celebration
  • Helping children develop Menschlichkeit (good manners)
  • Teaching Tefillah: “Making Prayer Fun and Lively”
  • Examining spirituality through “Songs Within Us”

Testimonials

  • Dear Chaia, Thank you for being such an inspiring and cheerful teacher to Eric. His love and appreciation for music has been cultivated by your love and passion. We really appreciate your time and effort, and wish you a wonderful summer ahead

    Fan
  • Chaia is a gifted teacher who brings a tremendous amount of warmth and wisdom to her classes. She provides a rich, stimulating and engaging music program to the children, and also offers parents information about their children’s experience that helps in their development.

    Karen Friedland-Brown, Director, Parent's Place
  • Every single person raved and made very positive comments about how much fun your presentation was. It was really terrific!

    Donna Weir, Music for Minors, Docent Training Program for Schools
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