Haut Lac

Our next meeting is to be held on 28th January, 2017 at Haut Lac School.

It is to be in the form of a workshop, run by Margaret Shinde, who has run several excellent workshops over the years for our Elfs group.

The workshop will tackle some of the daily challenges we come across: Working with children with a variety of needs; working alongside colleagues and partnering with parents.

It will be very practical, rooted in practical experience and Margaret hopes to empower Early years’ teachers with more confidence in building up positive relationships with all those with whom we work.

The cost will be approx. 50 Sfr. (depending on numbers of participants) for the workshop which will be held from 10.30 am till 2pm including coffee, croissants and lunch.

Please let me know by email by Thursday, 12th January if you or any of your colleagues are interested in attending. (also stating the school you are from).

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February, 24th (Friday), 2017 - ISB Aesch campus.

International School Basel is hosting a workshop with renowned professor from University of Arizona Kathy G. Short, Director, Worlds of Words

Engaging Children in Critical Thinking through Dialogue

About the trainer

Kathy G. Short is a professor in Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona and works with teachers around the world on inquiry-based curriculum. Her research focuses on inquiry, global children’s and adolescent literature, dialogue, literature circles, and intercultural understanding. She has co-authored many books, including Teaching Globally: Reading the World through Literature, Critical Content Analysis of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers, Teacher Study Groups, and Learning Together through Inquiry. She is director of Worlds of Words, an initiative to build bridges across global cultures through children’s literature, and is a past President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY).

The Workshop

Engaging Children in Critical Thinking through Dialogue

Many students have learned to read and think on the surface. They add a comment to the discussion, taking their turn and saying just enough so the teacher moves on to someone else. The fast pace of school works against time for thoughtful contemplation. This workshop focuses on dialogue strategies that invite students to delve more deeply into experiences to identify the issues they consider significant and to think with others about these issues through dialogue. Our focus will be on dialogue around literature but the dialogue strategies we will explore can be used with any experience to more students from surface comments to critical dialogue.

Logistics

  • February 24, 2017: Friday
  • Time: 09.00-16.00
  • Fee: 60CHF (tuition and lunch included) payable once registration is confirmed.
  • Fee waived for Local Swiss schools.
  • Maximum 2 places per school
  • Location: ISB Aesch campus, Arlesheimerstrasse 7 4147 Aesch, Switzerland
  • Inquiries: Luz Maria Gutierrez Vittini, Teaching and Learning Director, ISB This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This workshop is open to participants from local primary schools in Basel (fee waived) and Primary Sections of International Schools in Switzerland and neighboring countries.
If your school is interested in sending staff to this workshop please register them following this link.

Registration Deadline: 3 February, 2017

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Workshop, Leysin American School, Leysin, Switzerland - Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 900 to 1530

CHF 150 per participant

Email Paul Magnuson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your registration or for further information.

We agree that learning to learn is the goal. But we struggle to develop systems that consistently promote self-regulation, collaboration, a growth mindset, and the ability to adapt as you go.

Willy Wijnands, a chemistry teacher, has created one very compelling path: eduScrum.

eduScrum and the offshoots of eduScrum are spread across the Netherlands. The Scrum Alliance of Denver, Colorado is supporting additional efforts to introduce the principles of scrum to schools, for example John Miller of Agile Classrooms (California) and Bill Tihen and Paul Magnuson of EDgility at LAS here in Switzerland.

What is Scrum?

Scrum is a way of getting work done, well. It is a mindset that develops individuals who work well in teams, who know the importance of personal relationships, who can deal with complexity, and who learn spirally through iterations. It got its start in the world of software programming but is now found in many companies (e.g. Zalando, Microsoft, IBM) and organizations, including some schools. In this two-and-a-half minute video, the co-founder of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland, speaks about eduScrum.

Participants do not have to adopt eduScrum to benefit from the training. It’s about a mindset, about helping our students be their own best teachers, starting now.

Upcoming events

SGIS Annual Conference 2017

The SGIS Annual Conference 2017  will be held

at Zurich International School on March 10th and 11th 2017

More info