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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