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"James’ creative ideas and innovative strategies have inspired me to look at teaching my students in an entirely different way."

                Workshop participant


Big Muscles strives to bring the joy of teaching back to the classroom.  Big Muscles’ Workshops are multi-sensory, multi-modal, and interactive.  Each hour is packed with activities and strategies designed to be easily implemented and to make an immediate impact on student learning.
Big Muscles’ activities and strategies help you create a learning environment that is student-centered, authentic, and sticky.  Because lessons are active, visual, and chunked, student focus and retention is increased. Utilizing authentic assessment strategies and progress checklists makes it easier for teachers to continually formatively assess learning and provide productive feedback.

These are active, hands-on workshops!  Dress comfortably, bring plenty of water, get a good night’s rest and come prepared to participate! 


James Durham has experience working with many different types of schools. He can help identify areas of concern and work with schools and districts to create and implement unique solutions.

Other services include workshops for teachers and administrators, Skills-Based Assessment Learning  Framework Workshops, Leadership Development, Curriculum Development, Implementation strategies for curriculum scope and sequence, and the development and implementation of school and district improvement plans.

Multi-sensory learning environments help make learning stickier. Students participating in a multi-sensory activity generate more creative problem-solving solutions than students subjected to a single sensory presentation.  Big Muscles Workshops incorporate multiple senses to boost memory retention and problem-solving abilities.

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