Teacher Workshop Activities

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Teacher Workshop Activities
Teacher workshops can build strong teams. (teacher & students image by Luisafer from Fotolia.com)

Teacher workshops help teachers learn skills, develop ideas and build connections with teammates. Most teacher workshops are sponsored by the school and are held during teacher in-service days, though some schools offer weekly workshops during a portion of the staff meeting. The activities conducted in these workshops tend to focus on a specific need or problem that the school has identified. The best teacher workshop activities are relevant to the teachers and help them with instruction.

Learning Games

All teachers use some form of learning game during the course of their career. Learning games are an effective teaching tool if paired with direct instruction. Because many teachers have a difficult time coming up with creative ideas for games, this activity will inspire the teachers to work as a team to develop a few simple games. Divide the teachers into four groups. Ask each group to develop a game for one subject. For example, the groups could be assigned math, reading, science and social studies. Give the groups at least 45 minutes to work on their idea before a volunteer from each group presents the game.

Inspirational Teacher Graffiti

Teachers describe teachers from their own past who have helped them succeed. On a sheet of blank paper each teacher writes the name of one of their favourite teachers from school. Beneath the name each person writes three qualities about that teacher that made them effective. One by one each teacher writes the three qualities on a chalkboard and explains how those qualities helped them as a student. By the end of the exercise the entire group will have heard several traits of good teachers that can help them become better teachers themselves.


Divide teachers into small groups based on the grade level or subject that they teach. Ask each group to make a list of the three most challenging aspects of its grade level or subject and three positive aspects of teaching in that area. After allowing time for teachers to brainstorm, have each group present its list. Ask the groups to then discuss strategies they have for dealing with the challenges of their area. This exercise is helpful for schools in which teachers are not working closely with one another. Not only does it build community, but it also encourages teachers to share knowledge with one another.

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