The Art of Teaching Meaningfully

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 an experienced teacher and looking to improve and update your teaching skills?

In this five-part Instructional Effectiveness webinar series, you will learn how to organize effective lessons, check for understanding, motivate learners and ensure transfer and retention of learning.

This webinar series will:

  • Help beginning teachers acquire new skills and understandings that have been used extensively in classrooms and have proven to be effective
  • Give additional information to experienced teachers who are looking for different ways of organizing their lessons and managing the learning process
  • Teach alternative ways of engaging students and finding efficient and effective methods of checking for understanding, guiding practice, motivating learners, and ensuring transfer and retention of learning

Each session will be 75-90 minutes followed by an optional 30 minute Q&A period. Participants will receive eBooks that complement the webinars, and certificates for their professional development portfolios. To view a copy of the eBook index for each session, click on the following links: Session 1Session 2Session 3. Session 4, Session 5.

Recordings will be available if participants miss the live webinars.

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“I loved the webinars. They were very helpful and practical to my practice as a teacher.  The eBooks are well laid out and have many examples and templates. I like this as I can use them as is or adjust them to suit my own lessons and style as a teacher.”   – Kayla, Instructional Effectiveness Model

“There were a whole lot of new methods covered of how to teach and interact with children. It’s an informative webinar and amazing new resource for one’s learning and professional development”. – Amreen, Five Teaching Behaviours to Motivate Students to Learn

“Anticipatory set is a great concept that maximizes student learning by revisiting skills and expectations of past learning to solidify conceptual knowledge.  Overall, great job! Keep the personal stories and anecdotes of past experiences.  It makes novice teachers feel more at ease.”  – Melissa, Anticipatory Set and Checking for Understanding

“I learned the importance of the environmental scan and keeping in mind that if the students aren’t learning you aren’t doing your job.  Very well done, as is every class I have been part of so far!”  – Ben, Teaching for Transfer & Retention

“This series was like being with friends. But friends who never judge and always hope the best for you!  I found myself looking forward to our weekly sessions.”   – Shelley, Planning Your Blackboard & Student Notebook Entries

Workshop Agenda


Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 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



Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 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:

  • Understand the importance of altering continuously, the “level of concern” as a motivational tool
  • Build feeling tone into group and individual interactions
  • Use students' results as a motivating factor
  • Learn ways to make mundane topics interesting for students



Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. EST

In this webinar, you will learn how to help students enter a "learning frame of mind" faster.  In addition, using techniques for checking for understanding will increase the likelihood of proper practice on assignments and homework.  You will:

  • Learn how to use the first five minutes of a class to capture creatively students' interest, gauge prior knowledge and check back on past learning
  • Develop strategies for checking on struggling learners without embarrassing them
  • Learn how to decide when it's time for a summative test or assignment - and when it's not



Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 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 retention. In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how to develop strategies to help students with the transfer of knowledge among subjects to enhance understanding
  • Recognize the importance of instructional methods and evaluation processes (not only content) in learning transfer
  • Learn how to develop techniques that will help enhance students’ retention without costing you much time and effort, and how to avoid those that cause "negative" transfer - the blockers



Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 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

PRICING Information


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 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.  As such, Jennifer has developed an on-the-ground understanding and appreciation of the needs of teachers to update constantly 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 Jen and Dan at