WORKSHOP LEADERS

Taking the Classroom to the World

Terry Davies

Unleash that great idea. Dream Dare Do! Each of us has the genus of a great idea lurking beneath the tedium of our day-to-day routines. Allow yourself to be inspired by your own great idea and dare to bring it to life. Terry Davies tells us how something as simple as a UN invitation to schools to celebrate an international event can lead to changing the lives of students and all those with whom they come into contact...for decades and decades and decades! It was just a simple idea before it happened.

Saturday, 20 May @ Opening Ceremony 9:10-9:30

Promoting Multilingual Perspectives and Language Awareness

Constantine Ioannou

The presenter will describe strategies for promoting language awareness among students and how to ensure that students bring in their "database of language knowledge" into the classrooms. Tips for recognizing and validating student languages in all classrooms will be discussed.

Saturday, 20 May 10:50-11:35 Room 408

A think tank in a school: giving students creative freedom to help our world

James Wren

James Wren, Brand Director for ECIS and former teacher of Communication Design, will talk about how creativity is just as much about idea generation as it is about the actual execution, and how our students can generate concepts which can positively impact our world. Using a very simple but effective real-world focus by means of a student-led think tank, James will talk about how people, pens and paper are often all we need to create fresh ideas, with the time and space to do it. He will also talk about what happens when compassion meets creativity – how your school can offer students more autonomy, creative ingenuity and collaboration, whilst at the same time helping our communities.

James set up an in-school creative agency and handed over control to his student and will share the positive results which came from this, and illustrate how similar models can be replicated at your school.

Saturday, 20 May 10:50-11:35 Room 406

ATL: Integrating Theory and Practice in the Upper Secondary School

John Cunningham

This workshop consists of a presentation followed by a question and answer session and participant discussion. The presenter will outline how inquiry-based learning has been initiated into the Pre-IB Economics and IB Economics curriculum at Oslo International School. When the presentation is over there will be an opportunity for delegates to raise questions, to make contributions, and to share their own experiences. A resource handout for participants will be available at the end of the session.

Saturday, 20 May 10:50-11:35 Room 625

Applications for delivering a successful coding curriculum on iPad

Joseph Moretti

The applications for delivering a coding curriculum on iPad have developed considerably in the last three years. This session examines the diverse range of skills and concepts offered by the leading applications currently on the app store and explores relevant examples for inclusion in a coding curriculum 

 

The applications covered in this session are: Daisy the Dinosaur, Bee-Bot, LightBot Hour of Code, Tynker, Swift, Playgrounds, Scratch Jr, Hopscotch and The Adventure Creator Pro 

 

There is a supporting book on the iBooks store (free!) which also may be useful for those attending this session: The comprehensive guide to to computing in the classroom with iPad.

Saturday, 20 May 10:50-11:35 & 11:40-12:25 Room 102 (90 Minute Session)

Effective Strategies to Develop and Promote Self-Esteem in Primary Aged Children

Andrea Robson

What is it that enables some children have higher self-esteem than others? What can you do to inspire improved self-esteem in those children who doubt themselves, or their abilities? In this workshop, we will explore fun, creative and practical ways to develop and enhance children’s self-esteem through improved positive self-talk and developing improved decision making skills. This is a practical workshop which includes interactive and fun activities that can be transferred straight back into the classroom. It also includes simple and effective strategies that can be shared with parents and can be used at home.

Saturday, 20 May 10:50-11:35 Room 626

Two Teach to Transform

Nicole Demos & Chandra McGowan,Ph.D

Co-Teaching offers powerful benefits to student learning and teacher learning networks.  Co-Teaching can be characterised by two teachers combining expertise in order to best meet students needs (Cook & Friends, 1995).   Co-teaching also offers flexibility within classroom dynamics that foster opportunities for student success by expanding instructional approaches (Cook & Friends, 1995). Research supporting the value of co-teaching continues to be demonstrated (Schulte, Osborne, & McKinney, 1990) however, the question still remains, How can Two Teachers Transform Practice to best utilise one another strengths? Our two-part workshop will cover the 'nuts and bolts' of co-teaching whereas the second part will allow participants to bring a unit or lesson that can be adapted to the co-teaching model. 

Saturday, 20 May 11:40-12:25 Room 620 (Session 1)

Stories and Narratives for Language Learners

Constantine Ioannou

Come to discover approaches for promoting storytelling among students using a variety of strategies. Ideas will include using personal stories, participating in group storytelling, using print and non-print materials and creating tasks that enhance communication and collaboration.

Saturday, 20 May 11:40-12:25 Room 408

STEAM and How to Implement It

Heidi Humberstone

STEAM is gaining traction in the international educational community.  You may ask, "What is STEAM?";  STEAM or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics teaches students using a process that develops lifelong learning and problem solving skills.

Saturday, 20 May 11:40-12:25 Room 407

Networking through the Gender Minefield

Carrie Turunen

Women are still underrepresented in all areas leadership, especially education, given that there is a highly disproportionate number of female teachers. According to the NAIS 2015-2016 annual report, 33% of NAIS and 22% of SAIS heads are women (Mitchell, 2016). In the CEESA region, there are only 3 female heads out of 20 schools. Felbelman and Haakmat (2010) sought to determine why more women weren't moving into leadership roles in independent schools and found that gender disparity was directly linked to cultural attitudes towards women as leaders. 

This presentation, entitled 'Networking through the Gender Minefield' will first examine the reasons why women are underrepresented as independent school leaders. In keeping with the conference theme of Networking for Learning, examples from Canada, CEESA and other organizations will be provided to provide a forum for women to share their experiences as developing leaders, the importance of finding a mentor and strategies to develop their full potential as confident and charismatic leadership candidates.

Saturday, 20 May 11:40-12:25 Room 406

Library Forum

Mark Consani

Librarians from the NN can meet and discuss various library related issues, concerns, accomplishments, etc.

Saturday, 20 May 11:40-12:25 OIS Library

Utilising the Constructive Approach in Primary Science

Padraig Egan

The revised science curriculum considers practical investigation as crucial but advocates the employment of a variety of teaching approaches to teach science which were based on the work of social constructivists such as Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsky. The social constructivist approach to learning, evidence themselves in primary schools through various approaches to group work and group discussions. For example, in science class, pupils are given the opportunity to conduct investigative work, which often requires groups of children to work collaboratively to solve a particular problem or answer a particular question. When given the opportunity to discuss and defend their notions, children can help 'scaffold' one another's ideas. Language therefore plays a vital role in learning, as it is the means of thinking and learning. Children have the ability to engage in 'meta-cognition', that is they are able to reflect on their own thinking. In this presentation I will demonstrate the advantage of using the constructive approach to teaching primary science and how to undertake it in the primary classroom.

Saturday, 20 May 12:30-13:15 Room 408

Three Sisters From Iraq

Viyan Rashid

A true story of privileged childhood, political dynamite and persecution, with the imminent need for three young women to flee for their lives and undertake a perilous journey.

Saturday, 20 May 12:30-13:15 Room 407

Upload yourself. The Power of Lifelong learning

Monika Paliwoda

Lifelong learning is a holistic view of education and takes into consideration learning from different environments. When we teach kids, from preschool all through middle school to high school, we know, that this is not the end. Most of our students and most of us, educators, will still keep learning years and year after finishing university. I’m building a project of funded technology education, when adults can start to learn coding. And what’s most important, they will gain new skills to help them go through life changing aducation, finishing that journey with a new job. That’s how powerful education is. We learn, we change.

Saturday, 20 May 12:30-13:15 Room 625

Vocab Express Online

Joshua Matthews

An overview of a new online platform which  focuses on the instruction of vocab for all exam boards and tailored to several different MFL courses

Saturday, 20 May 12:30-13:15 Room 406

Inspiring Positive, Professional and Proactive Relationships with Parents

Andrea Robson

What do you need to ensure positive, professional effective relationships with the parents of the children in your class?  As Primary practitioners, our day focuses on the personal and academic progress of the children in our care. Positive, personable and pro-active relationships with parents / guardians are key to this relationship, yet they can be complex and even challenging at times. In this workshop, we explore what parents and teachers alike want and need from this relationship, and provide tips and techniques for ensuring positive outcomes, no matter the complexity of the situation. This is a practical workshop which will provide tips and tools on how to get the most out of your professional relationships with parents.

Saturday, 20 May 14:10-14:55 Room 626

Simple Super Science

Sarah Sørlie & Katie Brustad

Fun and easy science experiments for ages 3-8 using everyday objects and materials. This is a hands on session.

Saturday, 20 May 14:10-14:55 Room 834

Perceptions Beyond the Keyhole, Look if you Dare

Kari Dubbel

Drama strategies as a tool for  developing 21st century learning skills. A practical workshop for all.

Saturday, 20 May 14:10-14:55 Room 503

Understanding Dyslexia

Nancy With & Julie Lydall

In the presentation you will learn the importance of phonological awareness, the impact you can make in your classrooms with all students, whether they are typically developing, at risk or have a language learning difficulty impacting literacy development.

Saturday, 20 May 14:10-14:55 Room 408

History of Norwegian Art

Iori Roberts

This is a lecture on the history of Norwegian Art to the time of Edvard Munch-the artist who painted the SCREAM.

Saturday, 20 May 14:10-14:55 Room 406

Mirror, mirror! Collaboratively creating a rewarding experience from collegial lesson observations and strategic follow ups

Martin Richards

Collaboratively creating a rewarding experience from collegial lesson observations and strategic follow ups.
What would it take for you to feel comfortable to have your lesson observed and receive comments about it? This workshop is based on direct experience of initiating, co-designing, carrying out and learning from observing hundreds of lessons. You will hear how to prepare teachers to be observed, what to observe and how to design and carry out the feedback. You will also hear some ideas for training teachers to observe their colleagues.

Saturday, 20 May 14:10-14:55 Room 625

Hardware solutions for delivering a coding curriculum on iPad

Joseph Moretti

This session will focus on a variety of hardware solutions from Primary through to Secondary level available for iPad users, from Bloxels to drones and droids. 

 

The applications covered in this session are: Bloxels, BlueBot, Tickle, Tynker, Lightning Lab, Swift Playgrounds and Osmo Coding. 

Saturday, 20 May 14:10-14:55 & 15:00-15:45 Room 102 (90 Minute Session)

Practical Tools to Develop Open-ended and Reflective Questioning in the Primary School

Andrea Robson

What lines of questioning facilitate a more open ended and reflective approach to learning in the classroom? What is the impact of using this approach on children’s learning? Using real life scenarios from the primary classroom, this practical workshop investigates different ways powerful questioning can be used to enable children to become more engaged in the learning taking place, and to become more aware of their own impact.

Saturday, 20 May 15:00-15:45 Room 626

Varying Tasks for Language Learners

Constantine Ioannou

This presentation will give an overview of assessment planning and task based teaching that considers individual learner needs within language and other classrooms. An overview of differentiation strategies that accommodate learner diversity will be  provided.

Saturday, 20 May 15:00-15:45 Room 408

Connecting Community and Curriculum to Create Global Citizens

Chandra McGowan, Ph.D.

The world’s increasing interconnectedness is the main reason that global citizenship is a more feasible concept to include in the K-12 curriculum today than ever before (Heater, 2002). Zhao (2010) described one of the challenges that has been placed on schools and educators is the need to help our students “adopt a global view in their thinking and develop a sense of global citizenship” (p. 425). Therefore, new objectives for educators include how to lead students to adopt this global point of view and prepare them to become global citizens. The objective of this session is to share how collaboration and connection between international schoolteachers and the community have approached the new demands of teaching and learning with students.

This presentation will discuss how collaborative networks of international school teachers and community members in Helsinki have united in order to approached the incorporation of global citizenship in the the classroom. Motivated by the school´s vision to promote thoughtful action, teachers at the school have opened their doors to members in the community to discuss global dignity and human rights. Additionally, techniques and methods will be shared about how teachers’ have empowered students to define and personally connect with the term dignity and the link it can provide to interdisciplinary curriculum. The presentation will include how global citizenship is considered within the MYP context, as well as collaboratively with outreaches that happen outside of the school walls. Using Oxfam’s characteristics of a global citizenship, Global Dignity Day Resources, and Myers curricular topics for the K-12 classroom as a guide for instruction, lessons and activities will be shared. The presentation will discuss the bridge between Service as Action and the IB Learner Profile toward the development of Global Citizenship.

Saturday, 20 May 15:00-15:45 Room 620

Approaches to Teaching and Learning - A Focus on Inquiry

Jenny Gillet

This session will focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with teaching through inquiry. It will include discussion of the important relationship between inquiry and the development of skills such as research skills and thinking skills.

Saturday, 20 May 15:00-15:45 Room 406

Examples of network learning: The growth of the Model United Nations program and the use of MyIndicators at Stockholm International School

Malene Schmidt

Stockholm International School has over the last 5 years developed a Model United Nations program which is entirely student centered and reaches out to other international schools in the Nordic Network. Another example of network learning is the use of the digital tool MyIndicators in improving the quality of learning and the setting of school goals connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Saturday, 20 May 15:50-16:35 Room 406

Watch me teach? Six key coaching tips from collaborative lesson observations and follow up sessions, carried out in secondary schools in Sweden

Martin Richards

Six key coaching tips from collaborative lesson observations and follow up sessions, carried out in secondary schools in Sweden.  In order to release a teacher's potential through collaborative lesson observations you need to create trust and clarity. We have already made the mistakes, learn from us.

We are certified coaches who have spent hundreds of hours developing teachers' classroom leadership skills through observations and non-directive coaching feedback. We have developed tools that you might find useful when coaching yourself, coaching a colleague, or being coached by the head of department.

Saturday, 20 May 15:50-16:35 Room 626

Two Teach to Transform (Participants are encouraged to bring along a unit or lesson that can be adapted to the co-teaching model)

Nicole Demos & Chandra McGowan,Ph.D

Co-Teaching offers powerful benefits to student learning and teacher learning networks.  Co-Teaching can be characterised by two teachers combining expertise in order to best meet students needs (Cook & Friends, 1995).   Co-teaching also offers flexibility within classroom dynamics that foster opportunities for student success by expanding instructional approaches (Cook & Friends, 1995). Research supporting the value of co-teaching continues to be demonstrated (Schulte, Osborne, & McKinney, 1990) however, the question still remains, How can Two Teachers Transform Practice to best utilise one another strengths? Our two-part workshop will cover the 'nuts and bolts' of co-teaching whereas the second part will allow participants to bring a unit or lesson that can be adapted to the co-teaching model. 

Saturday, 20 May 15:50-16:35 Room 620 (Session 2)

A Trans-disciplinary Approach to Integrating Technology in a Primary Classroom

Simon Moore

When discussing the integration of technology teachers are often confronted with doubts and concerns over their mastery of the technology and their ability to utilise it effectively. During this presentation we will review some of the leading theories of technology integration and examine how it has been utilised to facilitate inquiry learning across the disciplines.

Saturday, 20 May 15:50-16:35 Room 408

Jazzing up Narrative Writing Lessons: Tips from a Teacher-Writer

Julie Lydall

Please join me for some experience and evidence-based ideas to inspire children to write, including motivating the reluctant or less-skilled writer. The workshop will conclude with a brief reading from my current work-in-progress International Shorts, a book of interlocking short stories for international school students aged 8-12.

Saturday, 20 May 15:50-16:35 Room 404

Creating an effective coding curriculum with iPad

Joseph Moretti

This session will be focus on creating a balanced curriculum from Primary through to lower secondary with applications and hardware solutions. The session will touch on all of the following, drawing on examples for each and how the relate to each other and constructing an effective curriculum for coding.

 

The applications covered in this session are: Daisy the Dinosaur,Bee-Bot, LightBot Hour of Code,Tynker, Swift Playgrounds, Scratch Jr, Hopscotch and The Adventure Creator Pro 

 

There is a supporting book on the iBooks store (free!) which also may be useful for those attending this session: The comprehensive guide to to computing in the classroom with iPad. 

Sunday, 21 May 09:30-10:15 & 10:20-11:05 Room 102 (90 Minute Session)

Learning Support Job Alike and questions and answer workshop-sharing resources, strategies and concerns

Nicole Demos

Sunday, 21 May 9:30-10:15 Room 620

Igniting a Passion for Learning – Bringing a Coaching Approach to the Primary School

Andrea Robson & Martin Richards

Having co-authored a book together, Andrea and Martin will explore some of the key concepts discussed in the book which will enable all primary school teachers to use the skills of coaching in their own classroom.  The presentation will facilitate a deeper knowledge and understanding of what a coaching approach is, and identify how teachers are already using this kind of approach on  a daily basis. Furthermore, teachers will be able to take away ideas with which to build on their existing repertoire of professional teaching skills, and to further enhance children's learning and self-esteem within the primary school.

Sunday, 21 May 09:30-10:15 Room 626

Teaching virtues in the classroom and at basketball practice

Don Loendorf

This presentation will be on the importance of teaching virtues to children. Virtues such as respect, cooperation, initiative, responsibility, diligence and love need to become part of children's vocabulary and daily routines. There are many activities and inventive ways of making these virtues fun to learn and use.

Sunday, 21 May 10:20-11:05 Room 404

Neuroscience and Learning

Susan McKinney 

With the advent of fMRI's and other rapidly developing technology, neuroscientists now know more about the human brain and how it learns than ever before. Some of the discoveries are surprising and fascinating. Join us for a dive into effective teaching practices that take these new discoveries into account.

Sunday, 21 May 10:20-11:05 Room 408

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