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Illinois Extension offers training on how to use activity-based teaching tool

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URBANA, Ill. — University of lllinois Extension is offering a one-hour online training, "Moments Matter: Terrific Teachable Moments for Early Childhood Professionals," to introduce the TTM app and explain its operation, importance, and usefulness. It will be held on March 30 from 6 to 7 p.m. 

Participants will:

  • Learn how to navigate the app.
  • Experience TTM activities first-hand.
  • Gain an understanding of what TTM lessons are and how to use them in a classroom or childcare setting effectively.
  • Be introduced briefly to the Six Pillars of Character and CHARACTER COUNTS!
  • Learn how to apply the approach to their work and home environment.

“This is a state-wide training and attendees can receive CPDUs and Gateway credits,” says Tessa Hobbs-Curley, Illinois Extension educator.

Register by visiting through March 27.

If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, contact Samantha McLain at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs.

About the TTM App

Illinois Extension developed the Terrific Teachable Moments app to be a useful teaching tool that encourages or discourages specific child behaviors right when they occur. Once downloaded to a smart device, it can be used by parents, childcare providers, and teachers directly without the need for an active WiFi or internet connection whenever a teachable situation arises.

The TTM app includes more than 150 activity-based mini-lessons, each of which can be completed in less than 10 minutes. The lessons are based on the 4-H Youth Development experiential learning framework, which leads children to take part in a short activity, reflect on the experience, and then apply what they learn by relating it to real-life situations.

For more information about the TTM app, please contact Tessa Hobbs-Curley or Susan Sloop. The App is available for Android and IOS smart devices.

SOURCE: Tessa Hobbs-Curley, Family Life Educator, Illinois Extension
SOURCE: Susan Sloop, Extension Specialist Youth Development Health & Wellness
WRITER: Herbert Chavez, Media Communications Coordinator, Illinois Extension

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