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in teaching the student and nurturing the child
with Dr. Christine M. Stearns, Ed.D.



Children are unique and special people who come to us with their own stories, interests and strengths.  We often become so focused on helping them to strengthen their weakness, whether it is becoming better readers, writers or mathematicians, that we forget to focus on the whole child. 


Through keeping an open mind and remembering our students are actually children, we can find a balance that will enable us to teach our students what they need to know and still help have the confidence to truly be the distinctive people they are.


This workshop guides you toward finding your balance.  Through getting back in touch with your inner child, art activities and play, you will start a “tool chest”.  These tools are designed to help and inspire you to not only get to know the strengths and appreciate the unique gifts of your students, but also of your colleagues and yourself.


Educators Pre-K to 6, Administrators, Teachers in training, Educational Assistants and Aides, Education Consultants, Paraprofessionals, Title 1 Members/Staff


Participants will learn:

  • ways to keep in touch with their inner child in order to better understand their students

  • ways to connect with parents so they may better understand the children in their classroom

  • ways to build students strengths and passions, while at the same time covering the curriculum

  • to develop and atmosphere of play and joy into their classroom



Example of a schedule for a day long workshop

8:00 - 8:30 : Check-in

8:30 – 9:00: Introductions and agenda overview

9:00 – 10:00: Who is That Child Within You?

10:00 – 11:00: How Can Parents Be of Help?

11:00 – 11:15 Morning Break

11:15 – 12:15 What Fills Our Students’ Wells?

12:15 – 1:15: Lunch on your own

1:15 – 2:15:  How Do We Bring Play Into our Classroom?

2:15 – 2:30: Afternoon break

2:30 – 3:30: Balancing our Balance

3:30 – 3:45: Questions, workshop evaluations, dismissal





Bothmer, S., & Grossman, J. (2011). Creating the peaceable classroom: A 21st-century wellness guide for teachers, students and parents. Brookline, N.H.: Hobblebush Books.


Farris, D. (2000). Type tales: Understanding and celebrating diversity through type (2nd ed.). Gainesville, FL: Center for Applications of Psychological Type. 


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