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Pellissippi State Community College Regional Workshop

Teaching With Your Mouth Shut: Keeping Students Active, Attentive, and Engaged!

Workshop Description

Based on the popular book, Teaching With Your Mouth Shut (2000) by Donald Finkel, this workshop explores various active-learning strategies and activities that allow faculty to engage students without being limited to only lectures. The workshop incorporates the theory of multiple intelligences—interpersonal, linguistic, and kinesthetic intelligences—while demonstrating and sharing active-learning techniques and strategies. Participants receive lesson-planning ideas and learn how to incorporate music into the classroom. Participants also consider several classroom assessment techniques and explore at least three instructional technologies.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or are able to:

  • This workshop incorporates several engagement and reflection opportunities. Participants leave with a variety of activities and concrete takeaways they can immediately apply in their classrooms. Participants will understand and develop a model lesson plan; identify and develop higher-order thinking questions; and discuss and analyze various classroom assessment techniques, classroom management strategies, and effective grouping structures.


  • Warm-up activities and discussion starters.
  • Specific technologies to increase inquiry-based learning.
  • Questioning techniques that incorporate higher-order thinking skills.
  • Effective lesson planning embedding multiple intelligences.
  • Choosing and using music effectively in the classroom.
  • “Gallery Walk” and reflection activities.
  • Effective group dynamics and strategies.
  • Classroom assessment techniques including the minute paper, muddiest point, exit slips, one-sentence summary, etc.

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completing the workshop.

Preliminary Schedule

September 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided by NISOD


Pellissippi State Community College
Goins Building - GN151B
10915 Hardin Valley Road
Knoxville, TN 37933-0990

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Registration Type
Early Registration
on or before
August 16, 2019
Late Registration
August 16, 2019
Host College (Member)$129$179
Member $159 $209
Non Member $209 $259

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received prior to August 2, 2019. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by August 2, 2019. NISOD also regrets that refunds will not be given after August 2, 2019 or for no-shows. However, we are pleased to credit your registration toward another workshop. In addition, substitutions are gladly accepted. A transfer of your full registration is permitted prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Annecy Liddell by August 2, 2019. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

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About the Faciliator

Dr. Ericka Landry has worked and taught in K-12 and higher education for over 20 years and has a strong passion for personal and professional growth. Dr. Landry currently serves as the director of Faculty Development at Lone Star College (LSC) in Houston, Texas. In this role, she enjoys mentoring, supporting, and collaborating with faculty at each of LSC’s six campuses and numerous satellite centers. She provides high-quality faculty development learning opportunities and workshops and supports campus-level contacts at the respective locations. She holds degrees from the University of Arkansas at Monticello (BBA), Houston Baptist University (M.Ed.), and Sam Houston State University (Ed.D). She has received numerous facilitator certifications, including being recognized as a Master Presenter by NISOD.

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn & Suites Knoxville-Turkey Creek/Farragut
11340 Campbell Lakes Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
(865) 966-0303 

Fairfield Inn & Suites Knoxville West
11763 Snyder Road
Knoxville, TN 37932
(865) 392-1122 

Home2 Suites by Hilton Knoxville West
380 North Peters Road
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 973-9444 

Homewood Suites by Hilton Knoxville West at Turkey Creek
10935 Turkey Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
(865) 777-0375

Staybridge Suites Knoxville West
11319 Campbell Lakes Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
(865) 675-7829

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