Activities that Reach and Teach

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Presenter: Dr. Gale Gorke
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This course teaches the importance of active learning and techniques for selecting and implementing quality activities that insure student learning and retention of content. It features strategies for activity selection that considers age appropriate content, as well as, engagement of a diverse student population. It explores what is necessary for creating a safe and caring educational environment that encourages interaction, understanding, team building, communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution. It provides several examples of successful activities that can be used to assess learning across subject matter. It is focused for educators, SLPs, SLPAs, OTRs, and anyone else who works in an educational environment.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe how the use of activities meets students' basic needs, enhances learning, and helps to define the purpose behind the use of activities to achieve specific academic and/or social skill development.
  • Describe the principles that insure successful implementation of activities, including allowing for sensory learning preferences and attention span, from the giving of directions through active student engagement.
  • Apply the skills that help in selecting activities that are age appropriate and content specific.
  • Identify questioning strategies for debriefing activities as a means to assess student learning.
  • Describe several examples of the concepts, strategies, and techniques taught.
About Dr. Gorke: Gale has been a public school educator nearly 30 years, teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels. She currently is the Executive Director of Kids Kan Inc., an organization that specializes in staff development, activity selection and program implementation. Gale has served as an adjunct professor in the School of Education for both La Sierra University and Chapman University. Her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction focused on academic intervention in after school programs and her Ed.S. is in School Psychology. She effectively models teaching that accommodates for all student’s ability levels and reflects a keen awareness of adolescent development and brain-based learning principles. Her enthusiasm is contagious! Gale believes that the best way to learn is through play and the way you show up for the game is the way you show up for life. 
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:
30 minutes: Why use activities?  Purpose behind activity selection and use.
30 minutes: Activity Selection - Filter Development - Begin with end in mind.
30 minutes: Continue:  Activity Selection - Filter Development - Begin with end in mind.
75 minutes: Activity Implementation - Safe and Effective Learning Environment - Unpacking the Learning - (examples)
15 minutes: Question and Answer

Disclosure Statement for Gale Gorke:
Financial: Gale Gorke is a speaker for and receives royalties.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
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