A Balancing Act: The Intersection Between Student Temperament and Your Classroom’s Ecology

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Do some of your students jump from one activity to another while others are so persistent that they have a hard time transitioning? Do you like to introduce new activities into your lessons but find that some of your students are hesitant or resistant? Based on the research of Stella Chess and Alexander Thomas, there are nine innate temperament traits that can affect a child’s behavior in the classroom and in life. In this workshop you will learn what these temperaments are and the five components of classroom ecology that you can adjust to better support your students.

Hollis Dannaham

Hollis Dannaham, M.Ed., has been empowering complex learners for 30 years as a learning specialist, special educator, reading specialist, administrator, and consultant in public, private, and charter schools. Hollis also worked as a learning specialist at the Student Success Center of All Kinds of Minds where she was deeply trained in the Neurodevelopment of Learning. Currently Hollis is the Learning Support Coordinator at The Middle Way School, a Senior Coach, Mentor, and Workshop Facilitator for Hidden Sparks, and an Adjunct Lecturer at SUNY New Paltz.