Prior Preparation

What to Bring to the Orientation Meeting (7 p.m. on Thursday):
In order to maximize the benefit of the retreat for you and the other participants, we ask you to prepare and bring copies of a handout to share that includes the items listed below.
Depending on how much you write, your entire handout could fit on one sheet of paper (front and back).

Items to Include on YOUR Retreat Handout:

  1. At the top of the page: Your name, institution, your e-mail address, and any other contact information you wish to share with other retreat participants. If you want, you may also include a small photograph of your face to help other participants in getting to know you.
  2. Teaching Success Story: A brief description (one paragraph may be sufficient) of a method, strategy, or technique, possibly an innovation of your own, that you have successfully used to enhance your teaching.
  3. Unresolved Teaching Problem: A brief description (one paragraph may be sufficient) of a persistent teaching problem or challenge you have had that you would like to discuss with other teachers to explore possible solutions.
  4. Object Lesson, Device, or Activity: A brief description of an object lesson, a device you use, a quick activity, or some simple "trick of the trade" that works with your students (different from your success story). It doesn't need to be astounding, just effective. You will have an opportunity to demonstrate or explain this idea to the entire group.
  5. OPTIONAL: Information about an influential book, journal article, or even just a quotation from a great thinker that has helped you in your work as a teacher; however, the topic need not focus specifically on education or teaching. Bring a copy of that book or article to the Orientation meeting so we can set up a temporary Retreat Library for participants to browse, or include a quotation on your handout. If you bring a book/article, also include the following on your handout: (1) author, title, publication date, etc., and (2) a brief description of why you would recommend the book or article to other teachers.

What to Wear at the Retreat
Feel free to dress in casual clothing, but come prepared for southern Utah's strange weather. According to, at that time of February, the Kanab area averages relatively mild days (52 F.) and chilly nights (26 F.); but the
record February highs have been in the mid 70's, so it's a good idea to bring clothing that you can layer in case it gets warm or cold. It rarely snows in Kanab, and when it does it quickly melts away.

What to Do During
Friday Afternoon Free Time:
On Friday afternoon, we have scheduled some free time. Following are places and activities that past participants have enjoyed in or near Kanab. Web links have been included to provide details to help you decide what you might like to do.

Additional Room Charges and Emergency Contact at Hotel:
If you want any of the "extras" that the hotel offers, you will need to provide a personal credit card number when you check in. If you choose to have personal guests (family or friends) stay with you in your private hotel room, the Kanab Days Inn charges $10/night for each additional person if you have more than two people in a room. Participants will be responsible for any additional room charges they may incur (e.g., pay-per-view movies, personal guests, extended stay at hotel, etc.). If you need a number where you can be reached in case of emergency during the retreat, the phone number for the Kanab Days Inn is 435-644-2562.

Other Questions?
If you need travel information, such as a map of Kanab, please go to the Area Travel Help web page. If you have any other questions or concerns about the retreat, please feel free to contact Dr. Tom Cunningham, the Retreat Coordinator, by e-mail at or by phone at 435-590-6066 (if no answer, please leave a message).