A Place of Our Own
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Workshops use Active Learning techniques to explore episodes of A Place of Our Own. Each workshop features video clips accompanied by key questions to think about before and after you watch, and a review of the main points.


Active Learning Workshops

Conflict Resolution

Many children in the United States use force as a first option when they encounter conflict. What can you do to teach children other options?

Language and Literacy: Print-Rich Environment

Children pick up a lot from the world around them. How can you use your surroundings to teach?

Play and Creativity

They're just playing, right? But what are kids really doing when they play?

Preventing Childhood Obesity

Can you guess what percentage of children in the U.S. are seriously overweight? This workshop was developed to help you focus on what you can do to help prevent obesity and the health risks associated with it.

Supporting Children with Special Needs

What does it take to look after a child with "special needs"?

Using TV to Help Children Learn

What is the last thing that you learned from TV? Children learn from TV whenever it is on. The only question is whether you approve of what they are learning.

Language and Literacy: Storytelling

Besides reading books, where and when do you hear stories? This workshop focuses on using storytelling to develop a child's language and literacy skills.

Language and Literacy: Infants & Toddlers

This workshop focuses on how we can help young children start developing language.

Celebrating Diversity

In this workshop we explore the things we can do to ease the integration of a child who speaks a different language.


Active Learning Tips
Here are some tips to get you started:
Keep questions handy as you watch. Use them as a guide to taking notes
Review questions before viewing as a reminder of what you want to learn.
Ask yourself what you would have said if you were a panel member on the show.
Use questions after viewing to reflect on what you currently do and how you might integrate perspectives or ideas from the program.
Tape a show and watch it more than once using different questions each time to focus on different kinds of information.
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