‘Intentional Teaching’ Will Be Focus Of Sept. 18 Virtual Training

‘Intentional Teaching’ Will Be Focus Of Sept. 18 Virtual Training

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present another in its virtual mini-conference online series of trainings in early childhood development on Sept. 18.

Pre-K age child at table engaged in learning activity
The Sept. 16 online training will be about intentional teaching, which engages children in a more individually tailored manner. (Stock photo)

The Sept. 18 virtual mini-conference training “Being Intentional” will address how to plan engaging learning activities with each child’s needs, interests and abilities in mind.

The session will be from 9 a.m. to noon on the Microsoft Teams platform. It will provide three clock hours of annual training aligned with Texas’ minimum standards for child care. 

“Intentional teaching means teachers are planning activities based on the real-life group of children they are teaching at that time,” said Jodi Nerren, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension specialist – early childhood health and safety, Bryan-College Station. “It means knowing the goals we have for children’s learning and where each child’s development currently stands, then creating learning experiences that create the right amount of challenge to keep everyone excited about learning without getting overwhelmed or frustrated.”

The cost is $25. To register go to https://tx.ag/BeingIntentional.

Upon completing registration and payment, participants will receive an email containing two attachments — a receipt and a registration confirmation. Instructions on how to access the online program will be provided in the confirmation.

Nerren said Early Childhood Educator Training Program monthly sessions are part of AgriLife Extension’s first statewide mini-conference series on the subject. The sessions are broadcast monthly in real-time. 

About the monthly sessions

Attendees must register to participate in each training session they choose to attend.                 

“These sessions have been developed for child care professionals and are designed to provide them with the information they need to succeed as early childhood educators,” Nerren said. “And while they are targeted at early childhood professionals, they are open to anyone interested in early childhood education.”

Each session focuses on a different aspect of early care and education aligned with the minimum standards from the Texas Health and Human Services Child Care regulation program. Speakers include subject matter experts from across the state, including AgriLife Extension specialists and agents and community partners.

In addition to these instructor-led trainings, the agency’s Child Care Online Training website offers a wide variety of self-instructional online child care training courses to support continuing education and early childhood professional development needs.

Paul is a communications and media relations specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Communications. Based in San Antonio, Paul is responsible for writing advances, news releases and feature stories for Texas A&M AgriLife agencies, as well as providing any media relations support needed.