Inspirational Teaching Strategies

AWE AND WONDER IN THE EARLY YEARS CLASSROOM - TWO DAY COURSE

Keeping Learning Personal and Reaching Our Goals
About this course

Do you want the inspiration to create the moments that make children sigh with happiness?

Are you looking for inspiration and best practice from different countries?
Do you yearn to hear more of the excited babble of happy children immersed in learning?
Would a host of practical ideas empower you to inspire your children and parents and leave Google behind?

This exciting and inspirational course will give you a cornucopia of practical ideas that you will be able to use the very next day to spark the joy and pleasure of learning in your pupils. You will discover how the learning environment can be the third teacher, how to harness children’s natural curiosity and imagination and, perhaps most importantly, how to build resilience in your pupils. Whilst each nationality has a slightly different approach to Early Years, this course seeks to draw on the philosophy of Reggio, Montessori, Steiner, Te Whariki, and High Scope and find a commonality to inspire your practice in your setting.

Covering both practical and sensible advice to help you to create an enriched provision for your children, this course will help you to review your current practice and plan simple actions which will make a real difference to creating the independent learners of the future.

Smiley face This course is co-organised with The Educational Collaborative For International Schools Ltd.

Course Outcomes:
  • Discover ways to promote independence: what can a child achieve on their own, and where can your help and guidance take them?
  • Develop a full understanding of the characteristics of effective learning: promote learning rather than confirm knowledge
  • Find out how to effectively develop language skills for both bilingual and monolingual pupils through structured conversations with your children to enhance both their speaking and learning skills
  • Learn how to interact - not interfere - and how to build trust
  • Leave the day with a range of creative ideas and exciting projects you can use with your classes (and that you can share with your colleagues and your parents)
Course Outline:
DAY ONE Session One: Taking a Risk and Having a Go

A practical session with lots of hands-on activities which allow practitioners to explore different resources and technologies

Learning how to weave multiple learning opportunities across various learning stations.

Working with colleagues to maximise learning opportunities

Comparing the impact of context-free and objective-led learning

DAY ONE Session Two: Lessons from Around the World

A brief walk through the philosophies of Reggio, Montessori, Steiner, Te Whariki, and High Scope so you can use this research to inform your provision

Identifying the commonalities between core philosophy and your provision

Exploring the role of the learning environment as the third teacher and reflecting on your own setting – does it truly reflect your philosophy?

DAY ONE Session Three: The Recipe for Awe and Wonder

Getting the ethos of risk-taking embedded into you and the children

Neuroplasticity at work – growing a healthy brain

What does awe sound like – and can you hear it? The role of feedback to encourage the 'WOW' moments

The Proximal Zone of Development – making it work for you

DAY TWO Session Four: The Role of the Adult

Building the benefits of the Education Endowment Fund research into Communication and Language in the Early Years

Non-verbal communication, what is its role in the development of oracy?

The subtle art of asking the right questions

Shared and sustained thinking – understanding the process and tips for making it work

DAY TWO Session Five: Finding Our Inner Child

Experiencing curiosity and enjoying learning – real-world strategies explored

Resilience and communication at work, not just buzzwords

Shared and sustained thinking in action – principles into practice!

Planning in the moment – how does it feel and what does it mean?

DAY TWO Session Six: Building on What you Have – Observations: What, When, Why and How?

Observations: unpicking the reasons why they are central to learning and not an administrative chore

Taking hold of how many observations you make; the pros and cons of observations

Picking through the myriad of types of observations that are possible to make

Bringing it all back to the individual child ... what observations should be all about

Wendy Imperato

wendy.imperato@dragonfly-training.co.uk

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

mary@dragonfly-training.co.uk

+44 (0)29 2071 1787
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