Play and Learning Environments
"Play is one of the most cognitively stimulating things a child can do."
The early years set the stage for later learning by supporting children with developing essential skills and attitudes towards learning. This workshop will explore play as young children's primary tool to learn about the world and their place in it. Play plays a pivotal role in the development of critical thinking skills and the ability to focus, attend to relevant information, working memory, cognitive flexibility and self control. We will explore how children built and express their theories about the world, the importance of relationships, listening and children’s agency. We will also look at the role of the adult and learning environments (both inside and outside) that facilitate play and creativity.
Carefully consider and question their pedagogy and corresponding practices.
Learn about research and evidence all pointing to the role of play in children’s development and learning across cultures (Shipley, 2008).
Learn about latest brain research. Play creates a brain that has increased ‘flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life’ (Lester & Russell, 2008, p. 9).
Explore how play allows young children to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning.
Learn how children build relationships, learn to resolve conflicts, negotiate and regulate their behaviors. In play, children usually have increased feelings of success and optimism as they act as their own agents and make their own choices. Play is often linked to children’s wellbeing.
Consider learning environments that support play and consider materials that invite children to think deeper.
Consider role of outdoor environments in children’s learning and how to plan in response to the ‘special nature’ of the outdoors
Early years Educators and School Leaders
Workshop Leader Biography: Anne van Dam
Teaching has been Anne’s passion for 19 years in schools in Rotterdam, Shanghai and Singapore. Since 2000, Anne has taken on various leadership positions, combining teaching with other responsibilities. She used to work at the Canadian International School (Singapore) where she was part of the team that took the school to IB authorization in 2005. Anne has been an IB trainer since 2005, sharing her passion for young children with educators in IB schools in South East Asia. Anne joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish quality practice in early childhood education in Singapore. During her first year at EtonHouse, Anne combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, she became the Director of the school working in close collaboration with the Assistant Director, senior teachers, support staff and the other educators of the school. In 2009, Anne became visiting team member for the IB. she enjoys visiting schools and supporting them with the implementation of an inquiry based programme.
In August 2011, Anne became Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern. At ISZL, she has developed, in partnership with teachers and other school leaders, a vision for the early years programme at the school. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning environments (both inside and outside) and on making teaching and learning visible to others through pedagogical documentation.
Saturday 1 October
8.30 - 9.00 Introduction to the conference
9.00 - 10.30 Session One
10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)
11.00 - 1.00 Session Two
1.00 - 1.45 Lunch (lunch provided)
1.45 - 3.45 Session Three
Sunday 2 October
8.30 - 10.30 Session Four
10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)
11.00 - 1.00 Session Five (conclusion of workshop)
All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.
Early Bird Fee: US$260
Registration fee after the 31 August 2016: US$290
Registration fee after the 31 September 2016: US$320
Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 1 September, 2016 if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed.
If Innovative Global Education is informed by 1 September, 2016 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 1 September, 2016 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.
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