The Art of Teaching Series for New and Experienced Teachers

In three or five sessions, learn how to organize effectively, check for understanding, motivate learners and ensure transfer and retention of learning.


Are you a new teacher looking to understand and apply proven teaching methods? Or, are you experienced and looking to improve and update your teaching skills?

In this five-part Art of Teaching webinar series, you will learn how to organize effectively, check for understanding, motivate learners and ensure transfer and retention of learning.

This webinar series will:

  • Help beginning teachers acquire skills that have been proven to be effective
  • Instruct on different ways of organizing their lessons and managing the learning process
  • Teach alternative strategies to engage and motivate students
  • Showcase methods of checking for understanding and ensuring transfer and retention of learning

Each session will be one hour, followed by a 30-minute Q&A period. Participants will receive an eBooks that complements the webinars, and certificates for their professional development portfolios – view the eBook Table of Contents hereRecordings will be available if participants miss the live webinars.

Workshop Agenda


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. EST*

This is the foundational course for this webinar series. It will give you an overview of effective instruction - at any level or grade. You will:

  • Learn how to systemize your nightly preparation using lesson planning templates
  • Build time-saving strategies to increase learning time for students
  • Understand how to measure student comprehension of learning goals



Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. EST

We've all read Maslow, Porter and Herzberg - now it's time to bring classical motivation theories into the classroom. This webinar will assist you in using five key teaching behaviours that will help motivate even the most reluctant of learners. You will learn how to:

  • Alter “levels of concern” as a motivational tool
  • Build feeling tone into group and individual interactions
  • Use students' results as a motivating factor
  • Make mundane topics interesting for students



Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. EST

Students need to be in the right state of mind to absorb new learnings. And, they need to have their knowledge checked before they leave the classroom to ensure they’re practising correctly outside of school. In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Help students enter a "learning frame of mind" faster
  • Check understanding to increase the likelihood of proper practice on assignments and homework
  • Capture students' interest creatively, gauge prior knowledge and check back on past learning
  • Develop strategies for checking on struggling learners without embarrassing them
  • Decide when it's time for a summative test or assignment - and when it's not



Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. EST*

This is a repeat of the Session 1 webinar for participants attending the Half Series (Session 4, 5 and 6). 



Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. EST

While many agree that school curricula have become excessively divided into subjects that many students see as unrelated, teachers can – and should - find ways to help students make connections in learning. Meanwhile, teachers often get discouraged when students don't remember what was taught in previous days, weeks or months. The answer is teaching for transfer and retention. In this webinar, you will learn how to

  • Create strategies to help students with the transfer of knowledge between subjects
  • Recognize the importance of instructional methods and evaluation processes (not only content) in learning transfer
  • Develop techniques that will help enhance students’ retention without costing you much time and effort
  • Avoid techniques that cause "negative transfer” - the blockers



Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. EST

Want a surprise? After a lesson with extensive blackboard use, take a picture and don’t look at it for a month. The day before a big test, look at the image. What you have written on the board is likely what students have written down in their notebooks. Does this support what you have taught, and what you are testing on? You may not even be able to figure it out yourself!

What you write on your blackboard matters. It directs how and where students focus their attention. This can have a major impact on their learning. In this webinar you will:

  • Discover templates and techniques that will help you use the board as a genuine vehicle for information recording and recall
  • Understand the importance of placement, size and relationship of terms in the visual organization of material
  • Learn how to integrate board planning into lesson planning

Following each webinar, you will receive an eBook that contains templates that guide you through the processes outlined in the webinar. Each 60-minute webinar is supported by a live question and answer period with Jennifer and Dan.

PRICING Information

Recordings will be available if participants miss the live webinar.


Presented by K-12 recruitment experts Jennifer Baldelli and Daniel Mason. Together, the pair represents more than 60 years of experience hiring teachers into K-12 education.


Dan Mason

Daniel has worked in the Ontario school system for 29 years, having been a high school teacher, department head, principal and superintendent. As both a principal and member of senior staff, he was instrumental in developing staff development opportunities for teachers on instructional effectiveness, student evaluation practices, classroom management, and curriculum implementation.

As a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, Dan worked with beginning and experienced teachers from the Primary to the Senior division in the areas of curriculum design, evaluation of student achievement and teaching effectiveness.   As a secondary school principal Dan was actively engaged in in-school staff development activities that promoted best practices in the classroom.  He continued this focus as a Superintendent of Schools and later as a Superintendent of Educational Services.   He holds a B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D.

Jennifer Baldelli

Jennifer has 32 years of experience in HR within the Ontario school system and has worked at three school districts. As an HR Officer, she oversaw recruitment/staffing and subsequently led the Department as an Operations Specialist.  In addition to her HR responsibilities, she worked extensively with the Staff Development Department to sponsor learning activities on instructional effectiveness.  Jennifer has developed an on-the-ground understanding and appreciation of the needs of teachers to constantly update their repertoire of instructional practices.  Her experience has been wide-ranging and practical in this regard.

Jennifer is a certified Registered Professional Recruiter (Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada) and was featured in Canada’s HR Today Journal for her ongoing contributions in the field of HR.

For more information, email Dan at