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Saturday, January 25
 

10:00 CET

Collaborative Grade-Level Planning
Your grade-level team has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Why not tap into that by having collaborative team meetings that result plans which reflect everyone’s ideas? This is an approach my school has gradually moved towards and I can honestly share the many pros and of course some of the cons. In this session, I will walk you through exactly how we run our grade-level meetings, show practical examples of our actual planning documents, and hopefully encourage you to give it a try.

Outcomes:
Attendees will come away with ideas and practical advice about how to plan collaboratively.
Attendees will explore the many benefits of collaborative planning and critically appraise this method.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Moeller

Amy Moeller

Grade 4 Teacher, Leipzig International School


Saturday January 25, 2020 10:00 - 11:00 CET
Africa 2

11:15 CET

Opening minds: Wordless media in elementary school multilingual classrooms
In many schools and especially international schools, there are classrooms with mixed proficiency in the instruction language. This poses challenges as well as opportunities for teaching and learning. In this talk we will explore how wordless media (books and videos) can be used as a tool for opening minds and sparking ideas and interactions in the international elementary classroom. Wordless media offer all students, also EAL students and students with educational needs, a framework, and challenge them to think deeply, interact and write. Where needed, the native languages of the students are used as a scaffold. Examples will be shown of using wordless media in literature lessons as well as in lessons connected to the units of inquiry and the exhibition, which can be applied in any subject area.

Outcomes:
Teachers will have learned about the rich possibilities of wordless media and will be provided with a lesson design framework with the optimal characteristics, so the students benefit most from the wordless media for their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Renske Oort

Renske Oort

Teacher, Frankfurt International School Wiesbaden
avatar for Andrea Uhl

Andrea Uhl

Teacher, Frankfurt International School Wiesbaden


Saturday January 25, 2020 11:15 - 12:15 CET
Africa 2

13:15 CET

Art through Inquiry - for the classroom teacher
This presentation is targeted towards classroom teachers who are required to teach visual art to their classes within their timetable. Art is often something that is either overlooked, not seen as important, or feared! So often we hear the phrases “I am not arty,” “I just can't fit art in,” or “I am no good at art so cannot teach it.” I will try to share ways in which we have tried to involve art into units of inquiry/topics; teach it through inquiry; and more importantly, how you do not need to be ‘arty’ or ‘good at art’ to teach art efficiently and effectively. At the end of the session, it would be great to have an opportunity to share ideas with each other!

Outcomes:
Class teachers should be able to leave with more confidence and enthusiasm about teaching art! Hopefully with some great ideas too!


Saturday January 25, 2020 13:15 - 14:15 CET
Asia 1

14:30 CET

Developing Outside Learning Spaces at School - Part 2
This presentation will be part 2 of “Developing Outside Learning Spaces”. It will serve as a practical guide to growing and developing outdoor learning. We will explore:

o Our own journey at ISS - visiting other schools and getting inspired, gathering tips.
o Purchasing materials, using local resources and businesses.
o How different projects can link to developing outside spaces – involvement of different stakeholders (parents, shops, experts/professionals), for funding, grade levels, and expertise.
o Future plans and ideas (involvement of children, how as teachers we are organizing ourselves, agency – teachers and students working together).

The session will conclude with a practical brainstorming and planning. Participants will be encouraged to create a map of their outside learning space, and to think of a concrete plan/project they might undertake.


Outcomes:
Attendees can expect to come away with practical inspiration, and a blueprint for next steps in developing outdoor learning spaces in the attendee’s own school.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Sanchez

Liz Sanchez

PYP Teacher, Intl School of Stuttgart e.V.


Saturday January 25, 2020 14:30 - 15:30 CET
Asia 1

14:30 CET

Growing Great Gardens—and Learners!
Do your students know where their food comes from? Or what it takes to go from tiny seed to tomato on the table? Would you like to help raise interest in sustainability and healthy living? Learn about starting a school garden, even with your youngest children, and explore some of the many ways the experience can be incorporated into learning both indoors and outdoors, from the garden to the cafeteria to center stage! Enthusiastic but nervous about taking on a garden project alone? Learn about a local non-profit that may be able to help you get started and discover options for accessing support from abroad. Time will be allotted for participants to brainstorm how the growing experience could be relevant to their schools and classrooms.

Outcomes:
Participants will learn about the presenter’s experiences and challenges in leading the development of a school garden in the Early Years at International School of Stuttgart.
Participants will learn about how the garden project has impacted a much larger portion of the school community than just the Early Years program.
Participants will explore ways to incorporate a school garden, or even a small growing area, into their classroom, curriculum, and school.
Participants will learn about national and international agency resources that may be able to support the development of a school garden.

Speakers
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Amanda Kellenbarger

PYP Outdoor Learning & EAL Teacher, Intl School of Stuttgart e.V.


Saturday January 25, 2020 14:30 - 15:30 CET
Pacific 2

14:30 CET

Learning English in the Outdoors with the help of Tech Integration
With an abundance of research supporting the idea that children need to step away from screens and get outdoors, how can we find a healthy balance in connecting Nature and Tech for the best of both worlds?
This session will explore examples of how we have combined Tech and OLE to enhance the learning of our EAL students.


Outcomes:
Participants will:
Follow a visual journey through our year teaching EAL outdoors.
Gain an increased awareness of the possibilities of taking language learning outdoors.
Be inspired to start conversations with colleagues to identify opportunities to collaborate across subject areas to maximise student learning.


Speakers
avatar for Muna Kashkari

Muna Kashkari

ES Technology Integration Teacher, International School of Dusseldorf


Saturday January 25, 2020 14:30 - 15:30 CET
Hannover

14:30 CET

What Goes Around, Comes Around: Bringing Back Play in the Classroom
Since moving to a play based programme or playful learning, we have noticed that play enhances Prep students’ (5-6 year olds) communication skills and social skills in preparation for learning to read and write in a child friendly environment.

Play also gives educators a chance to observe children at play and have conversations in order to assess readiness for each student rather than via traditional testing methods.

We want to share how our children use personal learning opportunities both in the classroom and in the Outdoor Learning Environment to drive their education forward.


Outcomes:
* Show how to find learning opportunities in play/play spaces
* Identify how play connects to UOI, maths and language

Speakers
avatar for Elke Grassnick

Elke Grassnick

ES Teacher, International School of Dusseldorf
I am an Outdoor Learning teacher from Germany and worked at the International School of Dusseldorf since 1996. In 2010 I designed and created an Outdoor Learning Environment to compliment classroom based teaching for children aged 5-6. I am passionate about fostering curiosity, sharing... Read More →
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Lisa Brown

ES PYP Teacher, International School of Dusseldorf


Saturday January 25, 2020 14:30 - 15:30 CET
America 2

15:45 CET

Collaborative Teaching- Homeroom and English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers
Co-teaching or collaborative teaching models foster inclusiveness while meeting the language and literacy needs of students.
This workshop seeks to explore and unpack some of the benefits and challenges of co-teaching and literacy development. We consider the roles played by the classroom teacher and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher in language and literacy development within the homeroom environment.

Outcomes:
Through this workshop we aim to equip and empower teachers with a few educational tools and ideas to achieve optimal student learning in an inclusive setting.

Speakers
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Tonianne Lederer

Elementary Teacher, Munich International School
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Miriam Palma

EAL Teacher, Munich International School


Saturday January 25, 2020 15:45 - 16:45 CET
Hannover

15:45 CET

Creating a Positive Learning Environment in Your Elementary classroom
How can we encourage elementary students to move and participate in active learning when often we spend learning time in small classrooms? Help improve your student’s engagement by organizing your classroom into an environment that promotes active learning. Discover and discuss ideas for adjustments that can be made to your classroom that takes advantage of the space that is actually available. Leave this workshop with activities that are suitable for an active learning space.

Outcomes:
Leave this workshop with ways to enhance classroom space, and be provided with activities that can be used during active learning in Mathematics, English, and International Primary lessons

Speakers
avatar for Kiley Haller

Kiley Haller

Grade 5 Teacher / IPC Coordinator, International School of Bremen


Saturday January 25, 2020 15:45 - 16:45 CET
Africa 2

15:45 CET

English DOES Make Sense
This presentation will trace the English language from its origin to its current complexity. Historical milestones will be addressed of the development of English from the Celts and invasion of Rome, to Shakespeare and the publication of dictionaries. Teachers will be better prepared to help students appreciate the influences of other languages (e.g., Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Greek, French), and how English spelling really does make sense. In addition, some explanations of using the knowledge of phonology and morphology will be provided to support spelling skills for students with dyslexia. Often, English spelling is considered an outlier (Share, 2008), or "crazy" (King, 2000), and if spelling is addressed, there are still teachers who give students a list of unrelated words at the beginning of the week and test students on the words at the end of the week. English is not only predictable and logical, but according to Venezky (1980), spelling is the foundation of reading. Learning the history of the language of English, and understanding the phonology, morphology, and orthography of words, is critical in acquiring spelling and reading (Henry, 1988; Moats, 1995), and making sense of the English language for all learners.

Outcomes:
This presentation will trace the English language from its origin to its current complexity, so teachers will be better prepared to help students, including those with dyslexia, understand how English spelling really does make sense.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl A. Young

Cheryl A. Young

PYP Learning Support Coordinator, Dresden International School
I am the PYP Learning Support Coordinator at Dresden International School. I have taught in the US, Egypt, Malaysia, South Africa, Azerbaijan and Germany. I have been creating decodable book series for early elementary students with reading decoding difficulties (dyslexia), and am... Read More →


Saturday January 25, 2020 15:45 - 16:45 CET
America 2

17:00 CET

Bridging the EAL gap
In this session participants will be able to acquire a better understanding of the uniqueness of an EAL student and develop strategies to reach young EAL students regardless of language barriers.
Strategies will be offered to help and motivate EAL students to improve their language in class in an engaging, enjoyable way. The aim will be to create an inclusive and welcoming environment in your classroom for EAL learners.

Outcomes:
A ‘toolbox’ of practical strategies to apply immediately into participants classrooms; a deeper understanding of EAL children’s experiences in classrooms.

Speakers
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Michelle Golledge

EAL teacher, International School of Ulm/Neu-Ulm
I am a Lower School EAL teacher.


Saturday January 25, 2020 17:00 - 18:00 CET
America 2

17:00 CET

Innovation in the PYP
This presentation will share ideas and examples of ways to innovate learning in a primary setting. The session will look at examples from a grade 2 project that uses making and creating to engage students. It will also focus on the enhanced pyp expectations and look further into how educators can meet the needs of learners in different ways.

Outcomes:
- have resources ready to take back to schools that can help promote innovation
- gain a deeper understanding of the new ATL's in the enhanced pyp
- have examples of collaboration between teachers that support learning
- understanding how curriculum demands can be met in different and engaging ways

Speakers
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Mark Jeffrey

Teacher, Bavarian International School


Saturday January 25, 2020 17:00 - 18:00 CET
Australia