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Teaching With Your Mouth Shut: Keeping Students Active, Attentive, and Engaged! (College of the Mainland)

Total Credits: .4 Workshop CEU(s)

Event Type:
Regional Workshop
Ericka Landry
4 Hours



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.

Digital Badge, Certificate, and CEUs

All workshop participants can obtain, at no additional cost:

  • A digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of your professional learning experience.
  • CEUs, which are awarded by passing the post-workshop learning assessment with a score of 80% or better.


Ericka Landry's Profile

Ericka Landry Related seminars and products

Director, Faculty Development

Lone Star College System

Dr. Ericka Landry, who has worked in K-12 and higher education for over 20 years, has a passion for personal and professional growth. Dr. Landry currently serves as a Senior Organizational Development Consultant working with c-suite level executives in Houston, Texas. In this role, Dr. Landry enjoys providing strategy and support to foster a culture of employee engagement and excellence. As an adjunct faculty member at Lone Star College, Dr. Landry mentors and provides high-quality learning opportunities for students in Learning Frameworks First-Year Experience courses. Dr. Landry holds degrees from the University of Arkansas at Monticello (B.B.A.), Houston Baptist University (M.Ed.), and Sam Houston State University (Ed.D.). Dr. Landry has received numerous facilitator certifications, including being recognized as a Master Presenter by NISOD.




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Preliminary Schedule
Friday, October 27, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch provided by NISOD.
Venue Address

College of the Mainland
Conference Center (Building #21, Room 135)
1200 Amburn Road
Texas City, TX 77591

Use Parking Lots C and D.
Campus map is attached.