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Chadwick International

Art center-daero 97beon-gil, Incheon 406-082

Korea, Republic of

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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 loose parts, picture books and 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.

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 and PYP Coordinator 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, in 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 Korea.

Workshop Timings:

Saturday 03 November

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 04 November

8.30 - 10.30 Session Four

10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)

11.00 - 12.30 Session Five (conclusion of workshop)


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


Early Bird Fee: US$300

Registration fee after the 31 August 2018: US$330

Registration fee after the 01 October 2018: US$360

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 3 October, 2018 if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by 3 October, 2018 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 3 October, 2018 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.

Travel and Accommodation Information

What do I need to know when making travel plans?

Chadwick International

45, Art center-daero 97 beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea (22002)

International travel:

Songdo is conveniently located 20 minutes from the Incheon International Airport. Upon arrival, head to the Incheon Taxi ranks outside door 5 of the arrivals wing. A metered taxi from the airport to Chadwick International should cost about 30,000KRW.

Domestic Travel:

Songdo is accessible from Seoul using the metro system (Incheon Line 1) or express busses. More detailed maps and route numbers are available on Chadwick International's webpage. Parking is available on campus.


Map showing hotels and Chadwick International

Songdo is a compact city, easily walkable in all seasons. All of the hotels listed below are within a 10-15 minute walk from Chadwick International's campus.

Central Park Hotel

Orakai Songdo Park Hotel

Sheraton Grand Incheon Hotel

Oakwood Premier Songdo

Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo

Hotel Gyeong Won Jae Ambassador

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