Florida Workshop July 2019 – Logistics Information

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Come to our July workshop in Florida this summer to work with Travis to gain some new insights and tips for teaching IB Psychology.


Dates: Wednesday – Friday, 17th – 19th July, 2019. 9am-4:30pm

Location: Venice High School. 1 Indian Ave., Venice, Florida. 34285. USA


Cost: $349 per person (Pay here or contact us for other methods, e.g. via bank transfer)


  • Registration is automatic when payment is complete. Visit our store to register.
  • Registration closes May 15th


  • Snacks, tea/coffee and lunch is provided. Attendees are responsible for own breakfasts and dinners
  • Transport to and from the workshop is not provided. Participants will need to make travel arrangements to and from the school each day.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Workshop Objective

  • To gain a better understanding of the IB Psychology course so we can reduce stress, build confidence, increase effectiveness and enjoyment of teaching while getting our kids ready for future success, both in exams and in life.

 Download this information as a PDF (Click HERE to download

Workshop Schedule

(Subject to change due to participant demands)

Day One: Papers 1 and 2

  • 9am-10:30am: Short answer responses (Paper 1, Part A)
  • 10:45-12:15pm Essays in Paper 1: Tips
  • 12:15pm-1:15pm Essays in Paper 2: Overlaps and Tips
  • 1:15pm-2:30pm Developing Critical Thinking: Tips
  • 2:45pm-4pm Course Planning & More of Trav’s Tips
  • 4pm→ Formal sessions finished; open Q&A with Travis

    Travis has a few strategies to help simplify and improve the teaching of IB Psychology.

Day Two: Paper 3, the IA and EE

  • 9am-10:30am The Internal Assessment
  • 10:45-12:15pm Paper Three
  • 12:15pm-1:15pm Extended Essay
  • 1:15pm-2:30pm HL Extensions: Clarifications, Tips and Strategies
  • 2:45pm-4pm Course Planning, Resource Sharing and Q&A

Day Three: Psychology Pedagogy

  • 9am-10:30am:            3 Levels of Learning (and why they’re important)
  • 10:45-12:15pm           Assessment Strategies – How to get kids ready for exams
  • 12:15pm-1:15pm        Planning – Exploiting Overlaps and Deepening Understanding
  • 1:15pm-2:30pm          The Themantic Model of Curriculum Design
  • 2:45pm-4pm               Resource Sharing and Open Q&A




Venice is within range of three international airports:

Punta Gorda Airport, which services bargain airlines, is 30 minutes south:


Venice Municipal Airport services all levels of private flight and is also located on “the Island.” https://www.venicegov.com/government/airport

All airports have car rental and are in close proximity to major highways that go directly to Venice, namely I-275 (Tampa International) and I-75 (all others). Venice High School is easily-accessible from exits 193, 195, and 200 on I-75.

Uber and Lyft are also available into Venice. Venice has a city restriction for Uber and Lyft services. You can Uber and Lyft into Venice from outside of Venice, but you cannot Uber and Lyft inside of city limits. This may change, however.



The Inn at the Beach

This is the closest traditional hotel to the high school. It is privately-owned, is directly adjacent to Venice Municipal Beach, and is 3 blocks west of Venice High School. Summer rates begin at $150.00 per night and include a variety of room/suite options.



The Hampton Inn

This is the closest major hotel to “the Island,” 1.5 miles to Venice High School. The area’s newest hotel, Home 2 Suites, is located in neighboring Nokomis, and is 2.5 miles from the high school.

Best Western, Fairmont Inn, and Holiday Inn Express are large hotel chains at the nexus of I-75 and Venice’s highway exit. This is approximately 5 miles east of the high school. These hotels typically have rates between $90-110/night during the summer months.

All hotels can be previewed here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g34705-Venice_Florida-Hotels.html

Many beach-front condominium complexes sublet on a weekly (or even weekend) basis during the summer months, and many private residences are available through AirBnB or VRBO. There are also small, “mom-and-pop”-styled hotels throughout Venice and on neighboring Casey Key, which is about 5 miles northwest of Venice High.


For more information about the workshop, or other questions about Yokohama please don’t hesitate to contact us at:

info@themantic-education.com or Travis at tdixon@themantic-education.com

About Our Host…Shari Valencic

Shari is an AP/IB Psychology teacher at Venice High School. She’s a 28-year veteran educator in Sarasota County, Florida with 25 years in elementary-level gifted education and 3 years high school experience (3 in AP and 2 in IB). Shari knows everyone in town and so will be invaluable in helping us make sure we get the most out of the three-day workshop.

About Venice

Venice is a small, Mediterranean-revival city founded in 1926. Its population is 35,000 from May-October, and more than doubles during its tourist “season” from November-April. It is located on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is directly on the Gulf of Mexico. It is known as “The Shark Tooth Capital of the World” due to the ample supply of fossilized shark teeth that wash ashore its beaches daily. It was the winter home of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus from 1960-1991 and has an extensive history with the circus that is evident throughout the city.


Venice High School

Venice’s nickname is “The Mediterranean Mayberry” because of its architectural themes and restrictions and its friendly inhabitants. It was designed by renown U.S. city planner John Nolen, and was named because its waterways and foliage reminded him of Venice, Italy.



Venice High School is located in the heart of the city, on what is called “the Island.” The Island was created after an Intracoastal Waterway was cut through the Florida by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after World War II.  “The Island” is separated from the mainland by three drawbridges and boasts six beaches and three palm-lined main thoroughfares with shopping and restaurants. Drawbridges raise and lower on demand, which can cause traffic back-ups.


Venice is most well-known for its beaches and “jetty” areas. All beaches have free parking and restroom facilities. Venice Municipal Beach, the main city beach, has beach yoga every morning at 8 a.m. and every evening at sunset, usually 7:30 p.m., during the summer months. Concessions are also available at this beach as well. There is a public drum circle every Sunday night.

Caspersen Beach is the southern-most beach in Venice and is “the” beach known as “The Shark Tooth Capital of the World.”  It is completely in its natural state … miles of sand, rock jetties, and turquoise waters. Gulf of Mexico temperature in July is usually 87 degrees Fahrenheit!

Venice has a very popular “doggie beach” for pets and their owners.

Sharky’s and the Venice Pier are big tourist attractions. Sharky’s is a Gulf-adjacent restaurant. https://www.sharkysonthepier.com/ (We might have a gathering here one evening).

Venice Avenue is a four-block shopping and eating mecca. Most everything in downtown Venice is walking-, child-, and pet-friendly. Parking is abundant, and there are many parks and pedestrian areas.

While it has many types of restaurants, downtown Venice is most known for its collection of Italian eateries. Venice High School is one block from this main downtown area. It would be conducive for lunch breaks and I would, of course, assist with arrangements. Our host Shari knows most of the shop and restaurant owners personally!

Sarasota is 15 minutes north of Venice and is our “big city.” It is quite lovely and is known for Siesta Key Beach http://www.siestakeychamber.com/beaches (usually ranked the #1 beach in the world because of its miles and miles of pure white “sugar sand”), its theater scene, and shopping and nightlife on St. Armand’s Circle https://www.starmandscircleassoc.com/

It is also home to the Ringling Art Museum and the Ca’D’Zan Ringling Estate https://www.ringling.org/ as well as Mote Marine Laboratory https://mote.org/


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