Singapore:Let Me Play!—Exploring the role of play, the environment and lear...

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Australian International School Singapore

1 Lor Chuan

Singapore, 556818


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“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson (Pulitzer nominated author, and renowned play researcher)

Bees do it. Birds do it. We do it.

Play is crucial in the development of learners. Just as the child should be at the heart of our learning communities, play should be the center of our pedagogy.

Throughout this workshop we will unpack our own understandings of our image of the child and the beliefs and values that drive us, culminating with the articulation of the ‘Why’ behind the choices we make as educators in order to foster play and creativity in the classroom.

We will explore the concept of play and define what we really mean when we talk about ‘Play’--what it means to us as individuals, as members of our learning communities and, most importantly, what it means to our students. We will look at the importance of the learning environment—social, emotional and physical—and the critical role it plays in promoting learning and learner agency. Connected to this we will explore how picture books and loose parts a world of possibilities can lead to authentic opportunities for the development of learning dispositions and skills for our students. We will round out the workshop by exploring the ‘How To’ behind creating and developing authentic play opportunities that provide us with a window of understanding into how children think, explore and create by examining the ‘uncurriculum’. So grab so buttons, beads and playdoh--it’s time to PLAY.

What the audience will gain as a consequence of attending the workshop (outcomes of the workshop)

Participants will:

  • Define ‘play’ for themselves within the contexts they are learning and teaching within

  • Deepen their understanding of play and how it can seamlessly be integrated into existing constructs of learning and teaching

  • Reinvent and explore their learning environments to best meet the needs of their students

  • Explore the possibilities of found materials, space and picture books to foster opportunities for play while providing a context for learner agency to grow and thrive

  • Set realistic next steps for a pedagogy of play and to be able to articulate this to colleagues, administrators and parents


This workshop is suitable for Early Years/Primary School Teachers and School Administrators looking to enhance, create and explore playful learning opportunities within their learning communities.

Workshop Presenter's Biography:

For more than 16 years, Josh Blue has been living and learning as an international educator in the Asia-Pacific region. Josh Blue is Vice Principal at ESF Kennedy School in Hong Kong. He has been in Hong Kong for the last 15 years working within the local and international sectors with learners from age three to adult. Josh has his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Change. He leads workshops regularly for the IB, particular on Play, Symbolic Languages of Children and the Early Years. Josh has worked with Early Childhood educators across the Asia-Pacific region as a workshop leader, school evaluator and consultant. In January 2016, Josh had the fortunate opportunity to travel to The Hague to be part of the PYP Review. He served for several years as the Chair of the Hong Kong/Taiwan PYP Network of school. Josh has a passion for play and picture books—two big ideas he ties into everything he does, whether it’s working with three year olds or forty-three year olds. In December 2016, Josh presented, “Du Iz Tak?: The Power of Picture Books—Tapping into the Symbolic Languages of Children” at the AISC conference in Hong Kong. Josh is very excited to be working with Innovative Global Education and thrilled to be working with you in Singapore.

Conference Schedule:
Saturday 02 March 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 03 March 2019

0830-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1230 Session two (conclusion of workshop)


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

Workshop Registration Fee

Early Bird Fee: US$320.00

Registration fee after the 02 November 2018: US$350.00

Registration fee after the 02 January 2019 :US$380.00

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 02 February 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 02 February, 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 02 February, 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 at any time.

Accommodation: Innovative Global Education is pleased to partner with Studio M Hotel in Singapore.

Studio M Hotel: No. 3 Nanson Road Singapore, 238910



Night of 1 March 2019 onwards: SG$170++ per room per night net rate SG$200.09.

Rates are inclusive of:

  • 1 breakfast
  • internet

  • Two way transfer from Studio M Hotel and the Australian International School, Singapore on the 02 and 03 March

Bus Departure and Pick Up Times:

Saturday 2 March 2019

8.00 am: Bus will depart from Studio M Hotel to Australian International School

4.00 pm: Bus will depart from Australian International School to Studio M Hotel

Sunday 3 March 2019

8.00 am: Bus will depart from Studio M Hotel to Australian International School

12.45 pm: Bus will depart from Australian International School to Studio M Hotel

To book this accommodation please contact Studio M Reservations Team at


When contacting them please state you are a registered participant at the Innovative Global Education Conference


The transport provided is ONLY for participants booked in at Studio M Hotel

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