Work with Me!
I offer immersive workshops and consulting for adults who are interested in learning more about how to support children's playful explorations of the world.
I work with adults using the same approach that I use with children: social constructivism. My workshops and consulting are centered around hands-on exploration and reflection to help adults gain a deeper understanding of themselves, children, and families, the continual developing relationship between everyone.
Please contact me using the form below the workshop offering descriptions.
I am a Washington State-Approved Trainer: workshops that offer MERIT hours are indicated in the listings on the upcoming events page.
The Secret Life of Materials
This workshop is a half- or full-day experience for educators interested in getting deeper into their understanding of how open-ended materials can support children's personal explorations of the world, engaging students in focused problem solving. We explore sourcing and curating materials for children 0-5 years old and dive deep into how we can make visible children's learning through independent play.
Reflection and the Teacher Self
This half- or full-day workshop aims to help teachers find meaning in reflective practice through activities, focused writing, and an exploration of the "teacher self" - the person we most often ignore in the classroom environment. In this workshop, we bring to light the importance of understanding our own playful lives, experiences, and biases that unconsciously shape our plans and expectations for young children.
This offering is a personalized, focused experience designed for individual learning settings. Whether you are a teacher, an administrator, a librarian, or other professional who works in a setting with children, it can be challenging for a whole staff to meet on theory, philosophy, and implementation. This facilitated workshop is catered to your questions, concerns, and those of your colleagues. The length of the experience depends on your needs. Topics range from dialogue on social justice, the image of the child, loose parts, facilitating natural experiences, and more. I design this experience to bring your staff together on common ground around topics that matter to you.
It is not always possible to get all the information we need in one sitting! Hybrid workshops give participants one-year unlimited access to all Bakers and Astronauts Online Workshops, along with a personalized in-person training for your team that digs deep into a topic of interest to your group. I travel to you so that we are able to celebrate and explore big ideas in your learning environment.