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ELSA France’s Virtual Teacher Development Day
13 March 2021

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Saturday, March 13
 

9:00am CET

Bringing art to the heart of the classroom
Picasso said:
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up”

With our climate crisis, children need to feel the creative connection to their natural environment more than ever.

The act of painting, drawing and sculpture is a vital one for our students at all ages.

But how do we bring art into our lessons on a daily basis?

This workshop will help teachers bring more art into their classes. It is a simple presentation but will involve some interaction, so teachers need to have a sketch book and pencil ready.

The activities are suitable for both primary and secondary classes. Suggested activities are either cross-curricular, art history lessons, short ten minute lessons or skills based, all intended to help you and your students to connect with their inner artist.


Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Vincenzi

Rebecca Vincenzi

Art and English teacher
Rebecca Vincenzi is a painter currently working in Paris. She has exhibited her work in La Pavillon Davouid, Halle St Pierre, La Lavoir Moderne among many venues in Paris and her studio is in Montreuil. She shows her work with Beacon Gallery in America. Her work was recently selected... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am CET
Zoom 2

9:00am CET

Authenticity and Engagement: making meaningful connections in a post-Covid world. (ages 11-18)
Our world has changed dramatically and irreversibly in the last year, and for our students in ways perhaps unseen by us adults. For a school-based model of teaching and learning to remain relevant, and in order to ensure engagement and success for our students, authenticity is key. Adolescents have endured distance learning, social isolation, and uncertainty about the world around them. By making sure that learning remains authentic and relevant to the realities of students’ lives in 2021, we can take powerful action to support their well-being and success.

Secondary teachers of all subjects are invited to examine methods of systematically incorporating everyday issues into course-design, creating authentic and meaningful connections between curriculum topics and current situations. Participants will collaborate in an interactive session, identifying and sharing new ways to keep students excited and active in the learning process, even during remote teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Genevieve McHoes

Genevieve McHoes

International Education Consultant, McHoes International
Access session resources and further reading links at  www.mchoes.com/resources   Genevieve is an international educator, consultant and entrepreneur based near Paris, France. As an IB examiner and professional development provider, she has led IB workshops throughout Europe, Africa... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am CET
Zoom 1

9:00am CET

Classroom Management and Differentiation
Many teachers think of differentiation as an academic concern. However, we also wonder how we can realistically create opportunities for differentiation when classroom management is getting in the way. We have no time to help individuals if we are always putting out fires around the classroom. The result is that we turn to whole class lessons with little opportunity for differentiation because we are dealing with behavior issues and trying to maintain overall focus. Instead of placing individual needs on the back burner, I believe that if we focus our differentiation on the different types of learning behaviors themselves, we will also be in a better position to support individual academic needs. In this session we will look at how differentiating toward behavior levels, rather than academic levels, can create time and space in our classrooms for supporting all learning. Teachers will leave the session with concrete ideas for techniques and systems they can use to overcome behavior difficulties and maintain a challenging and supportive learning environment that meets individual needs.

Presentation, Question/Answer, Group discussions

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Le Mounier

Ruth Le Mounier

Fifth Grade Teacher, Ecole Jeannine Manuel
Ruth Le Mounier has taught in elementary education for fourteen years. She has a Master’s of Education degree from George Mason University, where her focus was on bilingualism, English language learning, and teaching in international contexts. Her current position as a fourth grade... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am CET
Zoom 4

9:00am CET

Using students home language repertoires – Translanguaging
This presentation will explore:
How teachers can use students home languages in learning
How this creates access to learning of content at the same time as they are learning English in English.
The importance of affirming students’ identities as well as the potential to overcome the language barrier for developing bilinguals.
What does the use of students’ home languages look like in practice?
Using home languages in the classroom has been a practice in many schools for decades but so often dependent on individuals or EAL teaching teams rather than as a whole school practice. Through shared discussion, participants will either take away some action points or be ready to take the discussion back to school and continue it with colleagues.

Shared discussion may be possible remotely.

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Perrin

Deborah Perrin

Head of EAL BSN Primary Schools, The British School in the Netherlands
Deborah has been a primary school teacher and advisory teacher in multilingual schools all her professional life –both in the UK and in the Netherlands. She taught in UK state education before moving to the Netherlands and working in international school education. She currently... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am CET
Zoom 5

9:00am CET

Neuro Education / Information Processing Model
Session 1: Neuro Education / Information Processing Model
Join us for a fascinating insight into learning with the brain in mind.
  • What might educators and students do differently if we better understood how brains process information?
  • Which strategies should we select when designing learning episodes for students?
  • Is ‘forgetting’ a sign of mental laziness or an essential component of memory?
  • How might homework help or impede learning?
  • What role does healthy sleep play in learning, memory and performance?



Speakers
avatar for John Joseph

John Joseph

Director, Focus Education Australia
John Joseph - ‘The Brain Man’ - LINK Here Educational Wellbeing, With The Brain In MindJohn works with schools across the world looking at 'Neuro Education', brain compatible learning, educational wellbeing and how we might align our schools and classrooms to continuously inspire our students to be more successful.From humble... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am CET
Zoom 7

9:00am CET

Creating a Safeguarding Culture
This presentation will focus on how, we as a wellbeing team, worked across the school to raise the profile of safeguarding, by embedding a whole school safeguarding culture and aligning staff understanding.
We will share some of the systemic developments we made that were based on international safeguarding policies and practices, academic research findings and prior experience from diverse contexts.
There will be time for participants to look at their own setting and plan next steps, whilst also having the opportunity to ask questions.

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth Mailhac

Elisabeth Mailhac

Vice Principal - International School of Paris
Elisabeth Mailhac is the Vice Principal of Wellbeing at the International School of Paris. She has worked in the role of VP in charge of Safeguarding in both the UK and Paris for over 7 years. She has experience of leading and delivering training on Pastoral care, Early Years Education... Read More →
avatar for Jo Pakulska

Jo Pakulska

Vice Principal - International School of Paris
Jo has worked at the International School of Paris for the last 5 and a half years. Starting out as Leader for Mentoring and PSE Coordinator, Jo moved on to Head of Grades 9 and 10 and most recently Vice Principal Student Wellbeing (Designated Safeguarding Lead.) Prior to this, Jo... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am CET
Zoom 6

10:20am CET

The Craft of Writing - Primary and Secondary
The session will be a workshop with interaction and 'mini-presentation'.
This workshop will look at the idea of writing as a craft, with a focus on creative writing. The workshop will firstly give teachers a chance to ‘play with writing’, and to think about themselves as writers. This will be achieved through engaging in practical writing workshop activities which are informal and unthreatening, and which explore and encourage reflection on the process of writing. Through this thinking about teachers as writers, the workshop will move to address children as writers and how we can create positive classroom communities of writers.

Speakers
DM

Debra Myhill

Professor of Education, University of Exeter
Debra Myhill is Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, UK, and Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, which promotes inter-disciplinary research, drawing on psychological, socio-cultural and linguistic perspectives on writing. Her research interests focus principally... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am CET
Zoom 2

10:20am CET

Flipping Batman - image analysis (KS3-4)
This interactive presentation will demonstrate the power of image analysis as a way to develop pupils’ textual analysis. Using examples of pupils’ high level reading of images of superheroes, it will also argue for the study of media and popular cultural texts in schools.

Speakers
avatar for James Durran

James Durran

James Durran is an Education Adviser in North Yorkshire. He has 25 years’ experience teaching in state schools, has lectured on initial teacher training courses and has contributed to research projects with the Institute of Education (UCL) and the British Film Institute, for whom... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am CET
Zoom 4

10:20am CET

Beyond the Cultural Iceberg – a deep dive into stereotypes and how they impact your actions as an educator
“The conscious mind determines the actions, the unconscious mind determines the reactions; and the reactions are just as important as the actions.” E. Stanley Jones.
Explore how our beliefs and bias (conscious or unconscious) influence our decision-making processes as educators.  Learn about how a Knowledge Wheel can be used to raise awareness about stereotyping, how power + prejudice = discrimination and share ideas of how to ensure that stereotypes do not become self-fulling prophecies.  A useful tool that will help you improve interactions with students, parents and colleagues towards better intercultural understanding and safe learning environments.

Speakers
avatar for Angeline Aow

Angeline Aow

Angeline is an international educator who has taught in schools in Sydney, Singapore, Nanjing and Berlin where she currently resides. Having undertaken multiple roles within schools, as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, accreditation coordinator and most recently as a professional... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am CET
Zoom 6

10:20am CET

Reflection in the round: learning goals lost in translation
Reflection in the round: learning goals lost in translation
(Secondary and pre-university) Interactive presentation

This talk/workshop explores the notion of 'reflection', so often included in benchmarks of effective learning, and considers how this learning goal is perceived by students themselves. In exploring their view of this term, as they receive it in feedback or see it in assessment criteria, we look at what is and is not 'lost in translation', and ask whether our expectations regarding reflection’ are really transparent. More importantly, I will draw on my own dialogues with educators across disciplines, and ask whether we ourselves are in agreement as to what we mean, both within and across subject disciplines.

The content of the workshop is exemplified in Williams, K., Wooliams, M. and Spiro, J. (2020) (2nd edition) Reflective Writing Palgrave Macmillan


Dear Reflection in the Round participants
I am delighted you have signed up for the workshop on Saturday, Reflection in the Round and welcome you to this conversation.  We will be discussing what teachers mean by reflection and how this affects the way reflection is taught and interpreted by students. It would be very helpful if you bring to the session your ideas in answer to the question: when I ask my students tp be reflective, what do I mean?  What does reflectiveness actually look like, in  students' work?
I look forward to taking these questions further with you on Saturday and wish you well in the meanwhile   sending best wishes.  Jane Spiro 

Speakers
avatar for Jane Spiro

Jane Spiro

Professor of Education and TESOL, Oxford Brookes University
I am currently Professor of Education and TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, and began my career as a teacher of English as an Additional Language in an inner city London primary school, then in a further education college in the UK, before running British Council development... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am CET
Zoom 1

10:20am CET

Using ICT in a Multilingual Classroom (ages 11-16)
An interactive session looking at a range of websites and practical ideas to use in the classroom. You will get the chance to explore different platforms, which can be used in the classroom, to complete homework or for distnaced learning. Hopefully the session will provide you with practical hints to take away and adapt to your set up.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Vaughan

Hannah Vaughan

I studied history at Queen Mary's College London before completing my PGCE and Masters at Canterbury Christchurch. Whilst studying, I taught in a British primary school and led the reading and history curriculum. Looking for a challenge, I moved to France in 2016 and taught English... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am CET
Zoom 3

10:20am CET

Using stories in musical ways to facilitate learning outcomes in young children.
Interactive multi-sensory or multi-modal experiences captures the essence of how most young children learn. Using music as a starting point teachers are given practical insights on how language other learning objectives can be achieved by turning stories into songs and songs into mini-stories.

Expect:

• An introduction to stories and rhymes as a musical framework for learning and social development • Introduce and share practical examples linked to learning topics (literacy, mathematics, physical, understanding the world) • Use music and wordplay to engage in and create learning outcomes • Access to teaching resources, downloads, recordings and links to further reading.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Hutchinson 

Emma Hutchinson 

Founder and Managing Director, Music House for Children
I studied music, theatre and dance, performing and teaching in all areas. An MA in early childhood music laid the foundations for my  commitment to research, study, training and teaching to share the positive impact that music has on early development and children's lives.Music was... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am CET
Zoom 5

10:20am CET

The Four Worlds - Crafting brain compatible education experiences for the heart, hand, intellect and the future
Everyone uses their hands. Everyone thinks. It is in our nature to do so. However, not everyone uses their hands well, and not everyone thinks well. And that includes some of our top grade-achieving students. So here’s the challenge: How can schools interface the increasingly answer-rich and thinking-poor world of the internet with the increasingly demanding thinking and doing processes required to improve the quality of people’s lives, and how we sustain our planet’s vital resources? To do this, high-quality programs can be systematically cultivated. The Four Worlds Model is a pathbreaker. It supports the notion of greater relevance between schools and the world beyond, and it contributes to the formation of personal identity. The Model is simple, fun, educative and a terrific guide to facilitate otherwise awkward conversations where informed decisions are superior to hunches or guesswork. Join us and we’ll explore how to introduce the model to students and parents and how to use it as an aid in planning the most engaging of classroom lessons.




Speakers
avatar for John Joseph

John Joseph

Director, Focus Education Australia
John Joseph - ‘The Brain Man’ - LINK Here Educational Wellbeing, With The Brain In MindJohn works with schools across the world looking at 'Neuro Education', brain compatible learning, educational wellbeing and how we might align our schools and classrooms to continuously inspire our students to be more successful.From humble... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am CET
Zoom 7

11:40am CET

Talking on paper—story telling / story listening into writing Middle School
This workshop provides some theoretical background into links between speaking and listening and reading and writing. But mostly it is a participatory workshop demonstrating various oral story telling activities that lead Middle School students into creative writing and critical literacy. Participants will take part actively in exercises consisting of both talking and writing to produce various creative writing outputs that can be adapted in various classes, in both the English curriculum and in other subject areas. These activities are drawn from works of Gianni Rodari, Jack Zipes, Madeleine L’Engle, Gwendolyn Brooks and other writers, as well as the facilitator’s experiences as a teacher, storyteller- and writer-in-residence in various schools, and universities

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan

Writers-in-Schools Member (Storyteller), Poetry Ireland
Patrick Ryan is a storyteller, teacher, researcher and writer. Based in Belfast, he works throughout Ireland and the UK, much of Europe, and in North America. He is author of Shakespeare’s Storybook and several articles on storytelling, as well as co-author with Donna Schatt of... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm CET
Zoom 4

11:40am CET

Teachers as Writers
This will be principally presentation but with time for Q and A.
This presentation will look at the results of two research studies which involved giving teachers an opportunity to work on their own writing with professional writers. I will show how this impacted on their classroom practice in teaching writing and how students responded. The presentation will also introduce the Craft of Writing Framework, a new resource developed with professional creative writers. This framework looks at how we can teach creative writing more explicitly and how we can improve teacher feedback on creative writing so that students develop understanding of how to evaluate and improve their writing, and a stronger, more confident writer identity.

Speakers
DM

Debra Myhill

Professor of Education, University of Exeter
Debra Myhill is Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, UK, and Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, which promotes inter-disciplinary research, drawing on psychological, socio-cultural and linguistic perspectives on writing. Her research interests focus principally... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm CET
Zoom 2

11:40am CET

Musical play to nurture vocalising and language in young children with language delay and other needs
A lively, practical workshop introducing the many parallels that music has to language, it's intrinsic, compelling relevance to young children’s lives, and how we can best support early development through regular musical opportunities. Expect:

. The synergy between music, vocalising and speech 
• Practical, interactive musical play with visuals, songs and resources shared
• Video evidence to show positive impact that music has on language
• Effective, practical approaches to teaching
• Access to teaching resources, downloads, recordings and links to further reading

Speakers
avatar for Emma Hutchinson 

Emma Hutchinson 

Founder and Managing Director, Music House for Children
I studied music, theatre and dance, performing and teaching in all areas. An MA in early childhood music laid the foundations for my  commitment to research, study, training and teaching to share the positive impact that music has on early development and children's lives.Music was... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm CET
Zoom 5

11:40am CET

HOW TO MAKE THE WORDS DANCE…
This session is about moving in a way that informs your music making and helps students experience the syllabic and rhythmic patterns in the English language that are so important to developing speaking, reading and spelling skills. Primary and middle school class teachers as well as music specialists will find ideas in this dynamic session that they can apply in their classes.
Movement and music, the dance, and the song, are inseparable and singing together should be about connecting the body and the text. Making the body our metronome we will explore the rhythm of the words and discover the phonetic power of our own language… get the ‘sound’right and the meaning will follow. This workshop will focus on learning by ear and developing the memory. By using all our faculties and exploring all our different kinds of memory we can learn an astonishing amount of material in a very short time.
The aim is to do things in the right order. First connect the rhythm of the body with the rhythm of the lyric. Then once the words are secure (safely in our syllabic memory) we are ready for melody. Harmony must be the icing on the cake – only introduced once glorious rhythmic unison singing has been established.
So, come and prove you groove!

Speakers
avatar for Peter Churchill

Peter Churchill

Jazz singer/pianist/composer & Choir Director, Pete Churchill


Saturday March 13, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm CET
Zoom 1

11:40am CET

Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Dialogues for Social Justice
This session will provide context, tools, and activities that teachers who wish to engage students in meaningful dialogues around social justice issues. Drawing on her years of experience as a Social Justice Educator- Facilitator, Marine will introduce concrete activities and approaches that she uses to craft inclusive lesson plans designed to help students connect in authentic, challenging, and transformative ways. This talk will be a mix of theory and practice; it will provide explanations of inclusive pedagogies as well as opportunities to experience the material in action.

Speakers
avatar for Marine Galvez

Marine Galvez

Marine Galvez is a Social Justice Educator who has been facilitating workshops around themes of anti-oppression for 8 years. She is the founder of Emergent Leaders, a program that motivates young people to think critically about issues of diversity and design positive change through... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm CET
Zoom 3

11:40am CET

Critical Issues In Wellbeing - Exploring ways to create an optimistic outlook in bleak times.
More than ever, now is the time to understand how  non-conscious biases and patterns impact our wellbeing. Stress, poor sleep, despair and boredom can harm our bodies physically and mentally. We all suffer from these conditions on occasions, but some thrive while other tread water, while others sink. Using John Joseph’s Emotional Rooms Model, invented by John to deal with life-threatening cancers, you’ll learn how to make the most of your own mental resources to thrive in bleak times.  This brief session will help us to Balance Stress, Improve Sleep, Maintain Hope, and Optimise Willingness and Knowingness.

  • Introduction to the Emotional Rooms Model: a model of hope and inspiration
  • Understanding interplay between feelings, emotions and thoughts: perspectives on how to manage emotions & stress
  • Avoiding long-term chronic illness caused by Allostatic Loads: the (wellbeing) highs and lows of working in schools
  • The Hope and Despair Cycles: a declinist attitude of pessimism and despair, or a constructive attitude of optimism and hope: inspiring ways to manage 7 key emotions


Speakers
avatar for John Joseph

John Joseph

Director, Focus Education Australia
John Joseph - ‘The Brain Man’ - LINK Here Educational Wellbeing, With The Brain In MindJohn works with schools across the world looking at 'Neuro Education', brain compatible learning, educational wellbeing and how we might align our schools and classrooms to continuously inspire our students to be more successful.From humble... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm CET
Zoom 7

11:40am CET

WomenEd – supporting aspiring and existing women educator leaders: what is it, why do we need it and how can your community get started?
#WomenEd grew from a hashtag to a global movement. It is a grassroots initiative that seeks to empower women in education to progress on their leadership journey. Driven by shared values, #WomenEd has identified eight common threads that are at the forefront of conversations. These are Clarity, Communication, Connection, Community, Confidence, Challenge, Collaboration and Change - the 8 Cs. This session will outline what data says about the gender imbalances in education, as well as sharing the power of networking to tackle these issues. Sharing examples of #WomenEd meetups, global networks and results.

Speakers
avatar for Angeline Aow

Angeline Aow

Angeline is an international educator who has taught in schools in Sydney, Singapore, Nanjing and Berlin where she currently resides. Having undertaken multiple roles within schools, as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, accreditation coordinator and most recently as a professional... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm CET
Zoom 6

1:00pm CET

Collaboration with Colleagues who have Multilingual and Intercultural backgrounds
Being an educator in an international school is a challenging task. The backgrounds of our students and parents are varied and the same can be said about our colleagues. The educators we work with come from countries around the world, they speak multiple languages and they offer unique perspectives and experiences about the art and science of teaching and learning. How best can we leverage our multilingual and intercultural backgrounds to promote student learning? What do we need to take into consideration?  

Speakers
avatar for Angeline Aow

Angeline Aow

Angeline is an international educator who has taught in schools in Sydney, Singapore, Nanjing and Berlin where she currently resides. Having undertaken multiple roles within schools, as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, accreditation coordinator and most recently as a professional... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CET
Zoom 6

1:00pm CET

Opening Doors to a Richer English Curriculum. (ages 10-13)
I will be talking about WHY ages 10-13 pupils deserve a richer, deeper English curriculum based around quality texts: picturebooks, children’s literature and introductions to famous writers. I will also talk about HOW this can be achieved, including examples of pupils' writing.
I will be using case studies from schools where a toolkit of ideas called the opening doors strategies are being used across the UK and abroad. The innovations include:
- Making quality texts a norm for the curriculum so that challenging ideas and
language can be pitched high but accessed by all
- using a range of access strategies to ensure the fascination of challenging
literature is enjoyed as early as possible.
- Knowledge chunks are introduced in stages by teachers to focus on depth of
learning
- Writing can be used as a taster to spur on comprehension
- How to plan for far more quality reading for all pupils
This will be in presentation style with the chance to ask questions in the 'chat' box
www.searchingforexcellence.co.uk
@BobCox_SFE

Link to free literary modules for teachers to try out: https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxCgNvQM8mbQK9KZ3P5UtQ5dmy5uQrRAX

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cox

Bob Cox

Director, Searching for Excellence Ltd
Bob Cox is the author of the award winning ‘Opening Doors’ series and has been presenting ideas about high quality learning and English at regional, national and international conferences for thirteen years. Bob was a teacher for 23 years, then worked in school improvement before... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CET
Zoom 7

1:00pm CET

"Match this beginning with an old tale.”—using storytelling to explore a literary work Middle School
Many works of both classic and modern literature are based upon traditional oral folklore and historical anecdotes. Providing students the opportunity to hear these tales told, and then to explore the origins and processes contributing to the evolution of a particular text (be it novel, short story, play or poem) can make a piece of literature come to life and provoke deeper understanding. This session will focus on one work commonly studied in Middle School English classes and present various oral, written and visual storytelling exercises, which workshop participants will actively engage in, to explore the themes, structure and thought processes of that piece of literature. This will provide a model for how other literary works can be delved into and taught.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan

Writers-in-Schools Member (Storyteller), Poetry Ireland
Patrick Ryan is a storyteller, teacher, researcher and writer. Based in Belfast, he works throughout Ireland and the UK, much of Europe, and in North America. He is author of Shakespeare’s Storybook and several articles on storytelling, as well as co-author with Donna Schatt of... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CET
Zoom 4

1:00pm CET

Finding the Words
Finding the Words - developing vocabulary in the primary years
Interactive session with the following aims:

·          To explore reasons for vocabulary impoverishment;
·          What we mean by vocabulary and how it develops;
·          What impact a lack of vocabulary has on children’s reading throughout the primary years and beyond;
·          To consider what strategies we can use to improve things;
·          To plan how we can embed a purposeful development of vocabulary in everyday teaching.

This workshop will explore reasons for the current vocabulary crisis in many schools from all economic backgrounds. It will consider the reasons for this and suggest possible ways to enrich children’s range of words, their understanding of figurative and idiomatic language and the impact this has on their understanding of what they read.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Gough

Janet Gough

Janet has over 24 years experience as an Assistant Headteacher, English Subject Lead and a Leading teacher as part of the National Strategy. She is a freelance English and Literacy consultant who specialises in supporting teachers with the teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CET
Zoom 3

1:00pm CET

Writing with purpose: reframing 'success criteria' (KS1-3)
This interactive presentation will explore ways of making children’s writing as purposeful as possible, so that they are being real writers doing real writing. It will outline a simple approach to putting purpose and audience at the centre of planning, which teachers have found can transform pupils’ writing.

Speakers
avatar for James Durran

James Durran

James Durran is an Education Adviser in North Yorkshire. He has 25 years’ experience teaching in state schools, has lectured on initial teacher training courses and has contributed to research projects with the Institute of Education (UCL) and the British Film Institute, for whom... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CET
Zoom 5

1:00pm CET

Formative Assessment Feedback: seizing the opportunity for success (ages 7-18)
The most opportune moment for learning is when someone receives feedback on a completed task.
The pressure is off. There is no summative judgment yet, and the recipient has every opportunity to improve on their first try. But will they? It turns out that improvement depends entirely on how the student receives feedback on their work, and what they choose to do with it.

In this interactive session for teachers of primary and secondary, participants will explore a variety of feedback methods and scenarios, and examine the various possible ways to increase student achievement. This applies to all subjects that incorporate regular formative assessment and feedback throughout a unit of work.
Based on the research of Hattie, Timperley, Black and Wiliam, as well as my own first-hand classroom action research, teachers will take away concrete strategies to increase student achievement levels (and maybe even save time marking homework!)

Speakers
avatar for Genevieve McHoes

Genevieve McHoes

International Education Consultant, McHoes International
Access session resources and further reading links at  www.mchoes.com/resources   Genevieve is an international educator, consultant and entrepreneur based near Paris, France. As an IB examiner and professional development provider, she has led IB workshops throughout Europe, Africa... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CET
Zoom 2

1:00pm CET

Hidden study cultures: the cultural pragmatics of learning across borders
Hidden study cultures: the cultural pragmatics of learning across borders

This session considers cultural pragmatics as a missing link in the literature on academic literacies and learning across cultural and linguistic borders. The session explores the study gap of learning in a second culture, based on the stories of 24 learners who have done so, gathered between 2018- 2020. I share examples of communication disrepairs that come about when student and teacher expectations about study do not match. Critical incidents are shared, revealing ways in which the language of learning fails to translate across cultures. What emerges is a revisiting of the semantics and pragmatics of learning: what it means to learn, know, study, teach, read and write. The session also leads to enquiries the teacher can ask and research for themselves, in order to prepare learners for the surprises and experiences of studying in a second learning culture.

This session is linked to a book and study project in progress:
Spiro, J. (for 2021) Crossing study borders Routledge

Dear Hidden Study Cultures attendees,
I am delighted you have chosen to join the workshop on Saturday, Hidden Study Cultures.  In the session, I’ll be sharing examples of cultural surprises and collisions as both students and teachers cross from one study culture to another. It would be very interesting if you could bring to the session your thoughts in response to the following question:  Have you ever been in a study setting (as learner or teacher) where you thought: I wasn’t expecting that! They do things differently here!  What happened and what did you do about it?  
We’ll be looking at what can be learnt about our own assumptions and about the ’new’ study culture from these surprises; and discussing how we might learn from and prepare for the unexpected. 
Looking forward to talking further about these ideas and meanwhile

sending best wishes, and looking forward to 'meeting' on Saturday.
Jane Spiro  





Speakers
avatar for Jane Spiro

Jane Spiro

Professor of Education and TESOL, Oxford Brookes University
I am currently Professor of Education and TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, and began my career as a teacher of English as an Additional Language in an inner city London primary school, then in a further education college in the UK, before running British Council development... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CET
Zoom 1

2:20pm CET

Opening Doors to a Richer English Curriculum (ages 6-9)
I will be talking about WHY younger primary age children deserve a richer, deeper English curriculum based around quality texts: picturebooks, children’s literature and even the beginnings of introductions to famous writers. I will also talk about HOW this can be achieved, with examples of pupils' writing.
I will be using case studies from schools where a toolkit of ideas called the opening doors strategies are being used across the UK and abroad. The innovations include:
- Making quality texts a norm for the curriculum so that challenging ideas and
language can be pitched high but accessed by all
- using a range of access strategies to ensure the fascination of challenging
literature is enjoyed as early as possible.
- Knowledge chunks are introduced in stages by teachers to focus on depth of
learning
- Writing can be used as a taster to spur on comprehension
- How to plan for far more quality reading for all pupils
This will be in presentation style with the chance to ask questions in the 'chat' box
www.searchingforexcellence.co.uk
@BobCox_SFE

Link to free literary modules for teachers to try out: https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxCgNvQM8mbQK9KZ3P5UtQ5dmy5uQrRAX

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cox

Bob Cox

Director, Searching for Excellence Ltd
Bob Cox is the author of the award winning ‘Opening Doors’ series and has been presenting ideas about high quality learning and English at regional, national and international conferences for thirteen years. Bob was a teacher for 23 years, then worked in school improvement before... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm CET
Zoom 7

2:20pm CET

Learning to Love Differentiation
Many teachers feel overwhelmed by the pressure to differentiate lessons. For many, differentiation triples lesson planning. In some contexts, teachers don’t see how to make differentiation fit into their curriculum. The result can be that differentiation is highly simplified or eliminated altogether because it just seems too hard. In this session will see that a differentiation mindset is possible without overloading the teacher. We will look at small, low-prep activities that increase authentic differentiation in the classroom in a stress-free way. Teachers will have the chance to take these activities and adapt them to the constraints of their target content and age group, whether primary or secondary. Although differentiation is not just a “toolbox” of teaching methods, teachers will leave the session carrying concrete ideas for ways they can increase mindful and meaningful differentiation in their classrooms.

PRESENTATION/QUESTION ANSWER/SOME INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Le Mounier

Ruth Le Mounier

Fifth Grade Teacher, Ecole Jeannine Manuel
Ruth Le Mounier has taught in elementary education for fourteen years. She has a Master’s of Education degree from George Mason University, where her focus was on bilingualism, English language learning, and teaching in international contexts. Her current position as a fourth grade... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm CET
Zoom 5

2:20pm CET

Developing Spelling Skills
Interactive session with the following aims:
• To consider the expectations for spelling within the English National Curriculum 2014;
• To understand how children learn to spell and the importance of spelling;
• To suggest activities to develop skills in phonemic, orthographic, morphemic and etymological approaches to spelling;
• To explore the relationship between phonics and spelling.

This workshop will explore reasons for the current issues around poor spelling in many secondary schools when children enter at Y7. It will delve into the essential skills of phonemic, orthographic, morphemic and etymological approaches to spelling and aims to increase teachers’ repertoire of activities to teach spelling.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Gough

Janet Gough

Janet has over 24 years experience as an Assistant Headteacher, English Subject Lead and a Leading teacher as part of the National Strategy. She is a freelance English and Literacy consultant who specialises in supporting teachers with the teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm CET
Zoom 3

2:20pm CET

Meaningful Grammar (KS2-3)
This interactive presentation will suggest a range of accessible and immediately practical ways to bring explicit knowledge about grammar into textual analysis and into the scaffolding of students’ writing. It will show how formal terms and concepts can provide useful routes to understanding, when children are reading texts or composing and editing their own. It will also show how such approaches can be creative and exciting – not dry and routine.

Speakers
avatar for James Durran

James Durran

James Durran is an Education Adviser in North Yorkshire. He has 25 years’ experience teaching in state schools, has lectured on initial teacher training courses and has contributed to research projects with the Institute of Education (UCL) and the British Film Institute, for whom... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm CET
Zoom 4

2:20pm CET

Arts Integrated Learning
I will share the action research process that I engaged in, where I studied whether and how art integrated teaching with students who have language differences can boost student engagement and help students to hone their literacy skills. This will be a presentation with some interaction with participants.

I will present the population that I worked with: students who have English as an Additional Language and who have Speech, language and communication needs, and their teaching and learning needs, and identify the literacy skills for middle school that I explored. I will present how teaching literacy skills through art observation, creation, and drama will help to give students voice, choice and access. This is vital in an international environment, as populations shift rapidly, and student needs are varied. I will present qualitative data regarding whether literacy skills and engagement improve over the course of my action research study, and present some techniques and examples to participants.

Speakers
JC

Julie Cutelli

Julie Cutelli is an educator, an art therapist, and a social activist, with over fifteen years of international experience in educational, clinical and social settings. She specializes in working creatively with children and young adults who have learning differences, who are new... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm CET
Zoom 6

2:20pm CET

We need better problem solvers: computational thinking across the primary curriculum (ages 5-13)
This interactive session will introduce 'computational thinking' - a set of problem solving skills at the heart of England's computing curriculum. The session will illustrate how such skills can be learnt and applied across a range of subjects; not just in computing! From maths to science, and art to English. The session will share a selection of practical activities which can be used with pupils to develop their computational thinking and make them better problem solvers. Teachers will be introduced to Barefoot Computing (https://www.barefootcomputing.org/) which provides a wide range of free resources to follow on from the session.

Speakers
avatar for Jon

Jon

SEERIH The University of Manchester
Jon is a teacher and computing lead at Crumpsall Lane Primary School in Manchester, UK. He is an author of the Barefoot Computing resources and the CAS Regional Outreach Manager for the North West of England. Jon is the PGCE Computing Lead at The University of Manchester and works... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm CET
Zoom 2

2:20pm CET

Self harm: understanding why it might happen and what teachers need to know (ages 10-17)
Self-harm: understanding why it might happen and what teachers need to know

This session will cover the following:
* The risk factors will be discussed
* The reasons why children and adolescents self-harm and how they do it.
* The difference between self-harm and suicide attempts.
* The signs to look out for in a child who is self-harming.
* What teachers need to know if they suspect a child or teenager is self-harming and in which case a teacher might speak to a child in this case and how they might do it.
* The importance of working as part of a team when dealing with children in difficulty: the necessity for dialogue and support for teachers dealing with these situations.
* The legal aspects in France of seeing a child endangering themselves.
* A case study of child/ adolescent who has self-harmed and is in therapy.
Questions from the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Devitt

Melanie Devitt

Clinical Psychologist, Hopital Necker-Enfant malade
Melanie Devitt holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology from University of Paris (Paris V). She works in Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris on a team evaluating for Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) and also consults for children, adolescents and their parents in... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm CET
Zoom 1

3:40pm CET

Reading as writers; writing as readers (KS2-4)
This interactive presentation will explore a successful teaching sequence which integrates the reading of a short story with the planning and drafting of a piece of extended writing. Designed to help all pupils to develop their writing of literary narrative without recourse to the ‘features of descriptive writing’ or to checklists of literary devices, the sequence illustrates the power of reading as writers, and writing as readers.

Speakers
avatar for James Durran

James Durran

James Durran is an Education Adviser in North Yorkshire. He has 25 years’ experience teaching in state schools, has lectured on initial teacher training courses and has contributed to research projects with the Institute of Education (UCL) and the British Film Institute, for whom... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 3:40pm - 4:40pm CET
Zoom 4

3:40pm CET

Learning at Last from the Past: Analytical skills and the role of the historian. (ages 14-18)
Does History really repeat itself? We are living through a time of monumental change and many are inquiring whether some current socio-political situations have been seen before, and what actions might be taken to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. Examining patterns of history in order to make informed choices is perhaps one of the most important roles that historians can play in our society. In this interactive session for secondary school history teachers, participants will discuss case studies from world history, making meaningful links with present-day policy and decision-making. Teachers will leave more prepared to help their students make analytical arguments in preparation for essay exams such as A-level, IB-DP and the French Bac. Strong links with Theory of Knowledge are an integral part of this eye-opening session.

Speakers
avatar for Genevieve McHoes

Genevieve McHoes

International Education Consultant, McHoes International
Access session resources and further reading links at  www.mchoes.com/resources   Genevieve is an international educator, consultant and entrepreneur based near Paris, France. As an IB examiner and professional development provider, she has led IB workshops throughout Europe, Africa... Read More →


Saturday March 13, 2021 3:40pm - 4:40pm CET
Zoom 1

3:40pm CET

Developing Number Sense (ages 6-8)
This interactive session will explore ways to develop students' number sense to deepen an understanding of concepts within number such as place value and different strategies to add, subtract, multiply and divide. We will compare a conceptual approach to learning maths to more traditional methods, and see some examples of questioning, manipulatives and games to engage students in learning about numbers. Examples will primarily come from students aged 6-8 year olds, but the ideas can be adapted for older and younger students.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Sean Walker is currently a Grade 2 teacher at the International School of Paris, France, having previously worked in London and Atlanta, Georgia. Sean has held positions of responsibility such as curriculum coordinator and deputy principal alongside being a classroom teacher for the... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 3:40pm - 4:40pm CET
Zoom 6

3:40pm CET

Race and Young Children
Interactive session
Session title:
This PD opportunity will expose participants the role race plays in the lives of young children and ways to begin conversations and engage in activities that enable them to develop a more factual and objective understanding of race. The session will include dialogue/discussion, pop quiz questions, as well as self-reflective activities.
The session goals are:
1. To give participants an opportunity to explore their own racial past and experiences as an integral step in becoming comfortable talking with children about race.
2. Support participants in learning about when young children develop an awareness of race, including the ages at which various kinds of understandings occur.
3. Offer practical examples of how to respond when issues of race emerge as well as how to proactively introduce conversations and activities.

Speakers
avatar for Aisha White

Aisha White

Director, The P.R.I.D.E. Program, Office of Child Development
Aisha White is a mother of 2 and grandmother of 4. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh where she grew up in the Bedford Avenue and Chauncey Drive housing projects in the Hill District. She has held coordinator and director positions at such organizations as Beginning with Books... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 3:40pm - 4:40pm CET
Zoom 3

3:40pm CET

Adolescent Identity Development: Everyday Interaction and Curricular Design
Adolescent Identity Development:  Everyday Interaction and Curricular DesignAge Range:  10-18 years old

(Primarily for humanities, health instructors, guidance counselors and school psychologists)

Does your curriculum and teaching style cultivate an exploratory approach to identity for your students? Research shows that educational practices and curricular designs that target identity development boost student engagement, autonomy, and mental health. This updated session will present teachers with a theoretical background on adolescent identity development, citing research on social, developmental, and clinical psychology, and then delve into the nuts and bolts of curricular design and classroom practices for implementing identity-centered education. This workshop is ideal for teachers of literature, social science, and health classes, as well as librarians, counselors, and school psychologists.



Speakers
avatar for Greg Murray, Ed.M

Greg Murray, Ed.M

Developmental Psychologist, Adaptive Edge Coaching
I am a developmental psychologist (Ed.M, Harvard) with a deep knowledge of the education sector and expertise in identity, emotion, and learning.  I am experienced in designing and delivering professional development for educational organizations on a consulting basis as well as... Read More →



Saturday March 13, 2021 3:40pm - 4:40pm CET
Zoom 2
 
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