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Saturday, November 16

12:15pm KST

Putting Your Heart and Soul into Your Classroom

In this session, we will emphasize the importance of building a classroom community where students feel a sense of belonging, take responsibility for their own learning, and share respect with teachers and peers. We will explore the idea that teaching and learning are meaningfully intersected in a way that encourages communal growth.
This session is not about dwelling on solutions to classroom problems. Instead, it aims to provide some guidance and thoughts to help teachers reflect on current practice and, in turn, seek the best ways to connect with their students. With particular attention to primary classrooms, the session raises questions about how we view students, how we interpret their needs, and how we establish communication with students, so they are listened to, helped, cared about, and loved.

Session Objectives:

1. Engage in a discussion about to help students become good citizens through modelling positive communication skills and character trait education.

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Lisa Kim

Grade 2 Classroom Teacher, CMIS Canada
Lisa Kim is in her third year of teaching grade two at CMIS in Songdo. She obtained her M.Ed. in Languages and Diversity from the University of Calgary. As an introverted, positive, resilient, and open-minded person, she love reading, watching movies, and traveling. Lisa is enthusiastic... Read More →
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Lindsay Gemmill

Lindsay Gemmill is currently in her third year of teaching grade one at CMIS in Songdo. Lindsay is passionate about travel, chocolate, puzzles, and elephants. She strongly believes that in order for children to experience academic success in the classroom, they first need to feel... Read More →

Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm KST
Mini A & B - Near Cafeteria
  Early Years

1:45pm KST

Growing Your School Community: How Keeping a School Garden Can Enhance Your School Curriculum While Encouraging Community

What started off four years ago as a fifth-grade project to build a greenhouse out of almost 1000 recycled water bottles, has developed into a major component of our curriculum and a means for bringing our school community together. In this workshop, participants will gain first-hand knowledge of the steps to take to start a garden in their schools at minimal cost, and how to incorporate it into their site's existing curricular programs. Learn how to utilize the human resources within your building and school community to develop, maintain, and grow your school garden. I will also provide examples of how we branched out from just a garden to also raising sustainable chickens and developing our own nature park.

Session Objectives:

Learn about the benefits of creating and maintaining a garden at your school.
Recognize and identify the resources that may already be at your site and how you can utilize them to enrich your curriculum and school community.

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Russel Shaw

Early Years, Elementary
Russel Shaw grew up in a small rural town in British Columbia, spending many hours watching and helping his grandparents tend to gardens, cows, and chickens. Even after over 30 years of teaching, and being far away from the farm, Russel still draws on those childhood memories as times... Read More →

Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm KST

1:45pm KST

Supporting English Learners in Literacy Workshop

During this session, we will explore ways to support English language acquisition in a literacy workshop. We will engage in collaborative conversations around how to provide equitable access to literacy content for all levels of English proficiency by using an asset-based approach. The session will focus on adapting literacy mini-lessons as well as provide ideas for independent and small group work time.

Session Objectives:

Explore effective ways to support English Learners during literacy workshop.
Engage in collaborative conversations around supports for English Learners using WIDA’s asset-based approach.

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Molly Wellner

Molly Wellner has been an educator for 15 years in the USA and Peru; and now is currently teaching in South Korea at KIS-Pangyo Campus. She has a Master's degree in English as a Second Language (MAESL) and has used this knowledge and her experiences as a classroom teacher, ESOL teacher... Read More →

Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm KST

1:45pm KST

The Importance of Play and Creativity in Everyday Life

Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? Often times we find ourselves just going through the daily motions without taking time to nurture our own creativity. Purposeful play, we know, has incredible value in learning, yet as adults, we get buried in our to-do lists, often forgetting to do the obvious. Come explore how to stimulate your minds and let the artist in you - and your students in your classrooms - flourish!

**Please come dressed in clothes you don't mind getting messy in!**

Session Objectives:

Play, laugh and be creative.
Break from the myth that ""there is just no time!"" and see the value in taking the time to play and create.

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Marsha Bycraft

Art Elementary
Marsha has been teaching visual arts to PK-5th grade elementary students for 14 years, and she has been teaching at Korea International School since 2015. Originally from Michigan, she studied jewelry making and metalworking at the University of Michigan. Prior to moving abroad, Marsha... Read More →

Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm KST