Beijing: Conceptual Learning in the Early Years

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Canadian International School of Beijing

38 Liangmaqiao Road

Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi 100096


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Workshop Description:

This workshop will focus on how to effectively plan and teach for conceptual learning within an Early Years settings. Whilst curriculums are moving to more of a conceptual framework, many are focussed on practices aimed beyond the experience of very young learners. This workshop will focus on how to notice conceptual meaning making in play, how to plan in response to young children’s fluid theories, interests, ideas and preferences. In this hands-on workshop participants will have the chance to work through their curriculum documents to identify concepts that can be used to develop meaningful conceptual units for young children that promote learner agency and the opportunity to follow student’s interest.

Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of conceptual learning and teaching.

  • Unpack the difference between a conceptual framework and a fact-based framework.

  • Explore the idea of theory building and what this means for us as educators of young children

  • Consider appropriate strategies to observe and document children’s developing understanding of conceptual ‘big ideas’.

  • Develop provocations that will invite students to be curious and inquire.

  • Consider how to plan learning engagements in response to children’s thinking, ideas and evolving theories.

  • Go through a process of developing units of learning for Early Years that are conceptually focussed.

  • Explore what evidence of conceptual learning might look and sound like.

Audience: Early Childhood Practitioners and Curriculum Coordinators

What to Bring:

  • Laptops
  • Documentation of children’s work/thinking
  • Evidence you may have of conceptual learning with Early Years
  • Units of learning you currently use
  • Planners you have - a unit of learning

Workshop Presenter Biography:

Tania Lattanzio

Tania LATTANZIO is an experienced international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Regional Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role she works as a consultant extensively in Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. This role involves developing and conducting professional development for teachers and leadership, modelling pedagogy in classrooms, developing and designing curriculum for schools and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment. A passionate educator Tania works closely with educational institutions to specifically meet their needs in supporting school reform, making significant shifts in pedagogy and curriculum in both local and international settings. Tania has co-written a book "Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts,' available through Hawker Brownlow Publishing in Australia.

M Ed (Curriculum and Administration), Grad Dip (Librarianship), Dip Ed

Workshop Presenter Biography:

Sally Nicholas

Sally Nicholas is “all about the learning.” She has recently moved to Beijing to take on the exciting role of Principal of Early Years at Innova Academy, Fan Hai Campus. Sally is passionate about education and is invigorated by teaching; conversations about teaching and learning, reading about teaching and learning and engaging in teaching and learning.

Sally has spent many years in the classroom and as a leader for learning, most recently at UWCSEA East in Singapore. She has also spent a number or years as a music teacher - which enables her to easily change her perspective from the classroom teacher to a specialist teacher.

Working with a concept based curriculum in a Reggio inspired environment has allowed Sally the opportunity for her to deepen her understanding of what teaching conceptually in the Early Years means. The team Sally leads has grappled with many parts of concept based teaching and learning, things including - what is a concept, planning for conceptual teaching and learning, ways we might assess student learning and more. These questions have allowed her to explore, experiment, design and reflect through a conceptual lens in addition to being able to share her journey and knowledge with other educators.

Children say that Sally is “kind and funny” and that she tells good stories. Students in her class are happy, engaged and keen learners because she values the children’s thinking and prioritises listening to their ideas, curiosities and thinking.

Conference Schedule:

Saturday 26 October 2019

0830-0900 Welcome

0900-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1300 Session two

1300-1345 Lunch (lunch provided)

1345-1545 Session three

Sunday 27 October 2019

0830-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1230 Session two (conclusion of workshop)

Certificates All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.

Workshop Registration Fee

Early Bird Fee: US$330.00

Registration fee after the 24 July 2019: US$360.00

Registration fee after the 24 September 2019: US$390.00

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Please note that by requesting an invoice for payment and therefore to send money electronically you agree to the following terms and conditions:

Additional Administration Costs: An additional administration fee of US$100.00 . This fee will be included in the invoice.

Late Payments: If paying by invoice and payment for participants is not made prior to the workshops commencing, a late payment fee will be incurred of US$40.00 per person. The school will be invoiced for this following the workshops.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 24 September 2019 or earlier if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed. If the workshop is proceeding you will not receive an email.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by by 24 September, 2019 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 24 September, 2019 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.

If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop, Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant by the 5 October free of charge.

Important: Innovative Global Education must be informed by 5 October 2019 of any changes. If any changes are requested after this date, please note, for the change to go ahead there will be an administration fee of US$30.00 charged by invoice for each requested change.


Guang Ming Hotel

Here is a contact for Guang Ming Hotel gmfdbj@126.com

To book the hotel you can visit the website below and book online: http//guangming.hotels-beijing-ch.com/en/

Getting There:

Canadian International School Beijing is a very short walk from the hotel.

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