The next ELFS session is to be held in Bern at the church hall in Gümligen on Saturday,  21st May. We will begin at 10.30 am and we will finish at approx. 3.00 p.m.  (Lunch will be provided)

 

There will be 2 workshop sessions: 

 

The first will be run by Julie Abery, entitled:

Building language with song and melody in the early years classroom :

 Songs are fun, but they have a practical purpose too. This presentation will explore the use of story and song in the classroom in three distinct areas.

1)  Transitions: How we use songs to signal these in the classroom

2)  Singable books: How to add a new dimension to some favourite picture books and nursery rhymes 

3) Multilingual: How musical activities for our favourite books can translate perfectly into other languages (English/French)

 

The second, after lunch, will be run by Rebecca Reese.

This workshop, for classroom teachers, deals with three aspects of voice and early childhood.

1) How can I help young children to match pitch and sing in tune?

2) How do I choose an appropriate key for songs, neither too high nor too low, so that the majority of children in a class can sing most of the notes in a song?

3) How can I use and take care of my own voice, so that I am not hoarse at the end of a teaching day?

 

The cost will be approx. 40 Sfr per person, depending on the number of attendees and possible funding from SGIS. 

If you are interested in attending,  please contact me, Sybil Erdmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 20th March. 

 

 

Newsflash

FROM URGENCY TO AGENCY – Sustainability at the Heart of Learning

Sustainability Workshop 26th & 27th November 2021

The UN has called ‘Code Red for Humanity’ in its most recent IPCC report. How do we as educators mitigate the climate anxiety our students may experience (and staff, we might add) and use it as an opportunity to forge local actions? In this workshop we base ourselves on the conviction that schools are capable of, and obligated to, play an important role in mitigating Climate Change.

In our view, schools should reinvent themselves to become learning communities that go beyond preparing for the future; instead they should help shape that future, by allowing students and educators to prototype solutions for today’s challenges. By allowing students to actively engage with the local impacts of Climate Change, they could learn about the SDGs, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, collaboration, etc - all skills which will serve them well in their further lives. In that way, sustainability can become a core driver of education, very much in line with IBO’s vision about student agency. It will allow for learning to be challenge-based, relevant, local and utterly engaging. It will give students a voice and allow them to make necessary changes in their school environment, at home and beyond.

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