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Conference Programme

Sessions indicated with a 🎧 will be translated into Portuguese.

Oficinas e apresentações indicadas com 🎧 terão interpretação para o português.

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Friday 23rd March 2018 (pre-conference workshops)

1.30 - 3.00 Friday workshop session 1 (choose one)
Session Speaker(s) Location
FW2 - Observation: making it work for you, your department, your school  

Ask any teacher the one word they dread the most in the world and it will invariably be: observation! But observations need not be the enemy. In fact, when properly managed, they can be an invaluable tool in supporting progress and achievement for both staff and pupils. In this session we will discuss observation success criteria: what makes a good lesson, how to conduct a successful observation and how to build a culture of training and support that sees observation as a useful part of our careers, rather than the enemy.

 
Thishani Wijesinghe and Bethan Hindley, St. Paul’s School 222
FW3 – Using picture books as a tool to develop English as a second language  

A workshop to explore the impact of an early years curriculum that is focused on language and literacy, in particular the use of core books to support children's emotional development and inspire their learning, talk and play.

 
St. Paul’s Pre-Prep department PPMP (Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)
FW4 – Help!  

Teachers want to extend a helping hand to support pupils in their learning. However, they don’t want to foster pupil dependence on teacher help or promote low feelings of competence. So, while help is essential for learning, it presents a complex dilemma for teacher decision-making. In this workshop, we will explore the different types of help that promote autonomy and learning using resources that are already in our classrooms. We will identify how and when teachers provide, offer, and teach pupils how to ask for and use help resources to foster student autonomy and learning in inclusive classrooms.

   
Dr Rhonda Bondie Chapel
FW5 – Music and wellbeing  

In this session participants will learn about the power of music as a tool for engendering wellbeing. Join our Director of Music for this practical workshop, and prepare a special presentation for Saturday’s opening ceremony.

 
David Terry, St. Paul’s School Drama studio
FW6 – Placing pupil wellbeing at the top  

As stress levels rise, statistics show that one in ten children has a diagnosable mental health problem, and that 75% of mental health problems in adults have their roots in childhood. What can schools do about this? Let's discuss possible routes and how to start placing wellbeing at the top of our priority list at school.

 
Talula Santos, St. Paul’s School 210
FW7 – Collaborative planning: Crafting ways of empowering teachers through inclusion in a mixed ability classroom  

Presented with a mixed ability class, including a pupil with SEN, subject teachers and learning support teachers worked collaboratively to address inclusion issues. This resulted in teachers feeling more confident and empowered to deal with situations in a safe and structured manner independently, viewing problems as opportunities.  This interactive session will look at how teachers can address inclusion holistically in different ways, with the goal of moving gradually towards a more pupil-centred classroom.

 
Thiago Aquino and Vanessa Meirelles, St. Paul’s School Sixth form centre
FW8 – Yoga for teachers  

This relaxing workshop will help teachers release tensions and prepare their minds for the conference ahead. The practical session will demonstrate how yoga can help keep teachers' minds and bodies healthy, and consider how the "practice of being present" can help improve work-life balance and improve classroom practice. Come along, be open minded and have fun!

 
Kristina Waller, Head of Prep 3, St. Paul’s School Theatre foyer
FW9 – Helping young people to find their sense of purpose  

A lack of a 'sense of purpose' can have a seriously detrimental effect on the emotional well-being, academic success and social contribution of our pupils. This workshop looks at the key factors that affect the development of this key characteristic, and proposes simple methods that can be employed by educators and parents to cultivate deep personal meaning in the lives of young people.

 
Alistair Taylor, St. Paul’s School 226
FW10 – Smartphones e media: Problemas e sugestões  

Neste workshop discutiremos os efeitos do abuso da tecnologia no cérebro e no comportamento das crianças, adolescentes e adultos. Mostraremos as mais novas pesquisas sobre uso de smartphones e as consequências no comportamento. Analisaremos o cenário atual e faremos sugestões de como ajudar os jovens a terem consciência sobre o abuso no seu comportamento.

 
Maria Alice Fontes, Pscyhologist, Clínica Plenamente 227
FW11 –  Practical Assessment of Impractical Questions  

In this practical workshop, participants will consider how theoretical content can be assessed using practical activities, how to and learn how to build physical activity into classroom lessons, as well as creating success criteria from collaborative discussions.

 
George Sparks and Mark Sullivan, St. Paul's School Sports centre (Basketball gym)
3.30 - 5.00 Friday workshop session 2 (choose one)
Session Speaker(s) Location
FW12 – Digital Learning: Tools and strategies

St. Paul's School has recently revolutionised the way teachers deliver their lessons to pupils by implementing a Digital Strategy for Learning. Science teacher Ivan Dias will be sharing his experiences of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy demonstrating how learning, assessment, pupil interactivity and engagement can be enhanced as a result. This session is ideal for teachers who are looking to develop their use of technology in the classroom.

 
Ivan Dias, St. Paul’s School 221
FW13 - Yes, they can (developing research skills in an interdisciplinary project)

At St. Paul’s School, the Portuguese and History departments have worked together to put in place an interdisciplinary project to nurture Year 7 pupils’ scientific approach to the humanities by using common methods and skills. In this workshop we will outline some of the benefits that interdisciplinary projects like this can have on pupils’ learning.

 
Dr Shellida Viegas and Mr Luiz Sousa, St. Paul’s School 222
FW14 – Curious Hands: The Maker Movement in the Early Years

Seven members of the PP team taking part in the Harvard Maker Movement on line course will present a workshop based on the aspects of the course they have applied to their practice and discuss principle ideas behind the Maker Movement.

 
St. Paul’s Pre-Prep department PPMP (Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)
FW15 – Healthy classroom cultures

What moves you to act? What makes you invest time and energy in one task but not another? How can classroom culture foster feelings of intrinsic motivation including: independence, belonging, competence, and meaningful learning? In this workshop, we will examine research on motivation and self-regulated learning to learn how "Rhonda's Rules for Implementing Classroom Routines" build a healthy classroom culture where pupils develop deep, durable, and flexible understandings of course content; feel empowered to take academic risks; put forth effort and persist in the face of academic challenges; and experience academic success.

 
Dr Rhonda Bondie Chapel
FW16 -  Teachings of the Medicine Wheel: Learning Through Ceremony

In this workshop participants will be presented with a theoretical overview of indigenous ways of knowing and experiential, heart-based pedagogy. Next, we will participate in a smudge ceremony with herbs and natural elements and approaches. After the ceremony, we will enter into a talking circle to share our experience and understandings. Finally, we will discuss how to connect these understandings to our classroom and school practices.

 
Heather Watson, St. Paul’s School School field
FW17 – How to structure effective and engaging lessons, increasing pupils' self-esteem

How do we make sure all pupils are able to profit from and learn in our lessons when they are all at different stages in their learning? We will look at simple and practical ways to make sure all children are able to produce, contribute and enhance their learning, while increasing their well-being and self-esteem. Research has shown us that children who are happy and believe in themselves learn better.

 
Victoria Hughes, St. Paul’s School 210
FW18 – Using technology to support wellbeing

Assistive technology (AT) is any technology or piece of equipment that is designed to enhance the functional capabilities of individuals and promote greater independence. In this workshop you will participate in an exploratory learning journey which will lead you to create new paths for pupils who need extra support for learning. At the end we will share a case study prepared by the Digital Learning department, a learning support specialist and a science teacher. This workshop will make you reflect on your practice and on how technology can support pupil wellbeing.

 
Glaucia Rosas, Katherine Asega, Vanessa Meirelles & Nathalie Mello, St. Paul’s School Library (Learning Resources Centre)
FW19 – Walking together throughout the learning journey

This workshop will be a practical session exploring some methods and theories involved in supporting children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities to learn, both inside and outside of the classroom. The discussion will focus heavily on enhancing motivation and engagement to learn to improve wellbeing. Participants will be invited to exchange ideas and experiences throughout the workshop.

 
Rosie Pountain, Erika Azevedo and Sandra Costa Silva, St. Paul’s School 225
FW20 – Ballroom and Latin Dancing

Ballroom dancing has many positive health benefits and is a wonderful activity that will benefit your mind, body, and spirit. Dancing will also improve your health and fitness, mental acuity, and even social connections – studies have shown that socializing and dancing with friends can reduce stress and tension, so over time one can feel an overall sense of well-being. Come and learn some of the basics of ballroom and Latin dancing and leave with a healthier mind and body.

 
Mark Harris, St. Paul’s School Sports centre (Multipurpose room)
FW21– Mindfulness and Heartfulness in Education

A leading topic in 21st Century education, with cognitive, social-emotional and well-being benefits. Bindu Escola de Valores will show how mindfulness and heartfulness can be applied in schools, training teachers, pupils and involving parents. Case study: the introduction of mindfulness and heartfulness in the St. Paul's Prep School.

 
Bindu Escola de Valores Art studio
FW22 – Aspectos vocais do professor como recurso didático

O objetivo desta oficina é abordar as características vocais enquanto comunicador, englobando frequência, intensidade, modulação, recursos de pausa, ênfase, etc.  evidenciando que o domínio e uso desses recursos é um importante instrumento de transmissão de conteúdo, facilitando a escuta e aprendizado do aluno.

Márcia Menezes, Plenavox Fonoaudiologia 227

 

Saturday 24th March 2018

9.00 - 10.30 🎧 Saturday morning keynote address - Guy Claxton: The Learning Power Approach: Teaching Learners to Teach Themselves
Palestra principal

A new school of thought is emerging about the art of teaching. It is called The Learning Power Approach (LPA). Practitioners and researchers around the world are developing ways of designing classrooms that produce both high achievement and a rich set of character strengths for 21st century living and learning. In this presentation, Guy Claxton, one of the pioneers of the LPA, introduces and illustrates the approach, and explains the practical design principles that make a world of difference to educational outcomes.

Prof. Guy Claxton Theatre
11.00 - 12.00 🎧 Saturday morning workshops (choose one)
Session Speaker(s) Location
🎧 SM01 – Behaviour eats intent for breakfast  

Sometimes what we do has more impact and influence than what we say or ask. This session will help you to explore non-verbal communication and how it can support a school’s culture and pupils’ performance. It will help you identify tools to increase a sense of inclusion, value and confidence in those around you.

 
Claire Harvey MBE Theatre
SM02 - What fear will you befriend this term?  

Befriending a worst fear, is a skill… akin to making a healthy cake, and learning this recipe can transform our whole relationship with life, allowing us to adventure in ways we thought were strictly off-limits to us. Using the correct mind-body approach, it takes only a handful of practice hours; and let’s acknowledge the valuable role of healthy aggression.

 
Dr Nick Baylis Drama studio
SM03 - Putting pupil wellbeing at the heart of school leadership  

This workshop details measures that can be taken to foreground the importance of pupil wellbeing, mental health and resilience across both curriculum and the pastoral side of school. The session will place a particular focus on the empowerment of pupils to address each other’s wellbeing via embedded pupil leadership structures.

 
Joan Deslandes OBE Theatre foyer
SM04 - Supporting bilingualism in the Early Years  

This workshop will explore young bilingual children’s use of first languages and learning of a new language in the early years of schooling. The advantages of growing up learning more than one language will be discussed in relation to recent research. To give children the best chance of success, strategies will be suggested for fostering children’s bilingualism and supporting the learning of a new language – creating environments where multilingualism is a positive resource.

 
Dr Rose Drury PPMP (Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)
SM05 - Strength identification and use  

In this interactive workshop, delegates will have an opportunity to learn about the importance of strengths identification and strengths use. Through practical activities, attendees will gain an experiential understanding of how such interventions can increase subjective wellbeing. The activities will be immediately applicable and can be adapted for use in classrooms and schools.

 
Prof. Christian van Nieuwerburgh Music 1
SM06 – Help!  

Teachers want to extend a helping hand to support pupils in their learning. However, they don’t want to foster pupil dependence on teacher help or promote low feelings of competence. So, while help is essential for learning, it presents a complex dilemma for teacher decision-making. In this workshop, we will explore the different types of help that promote autonomy and learning using resources that are already in our classrooms. We will identify how and when teachers provide, offer, and teach pupils how to ask for and use help resources to foster student autonomy and learning in inclusive classrooms.

 
Dr Rhonda Bondie Art studio
1.30 - 3.00 🎧 Saturday afternoon keynote address - Prof. Christian van Nieuwerburgh: Coaching and positive psychology in schools
Palestra principal

In this keynote address, Professor van Nieuwerburgh will make the case for the increased use of coaching and positive psychology in educational settings. The Global Framework for Coaching in Education will be presented. Attendees will take away a broader understanding of how coaching and positive psychology can be harnessed in their own institutions.

Prof. Christian van Nieuwerburgh Theatre
3.00 - 4.00 🎧 Saturday afternoon workshops (choose one)
Session Speaker(s) Location
SA01 – Creatively channelling your emotions

There’s no such thing as a bad emotion, only how well we deploy it. This skill of ‘creatively channeling’ is one of the keys to how a life thrives in the face of the inevitable adversities, and also provides insights into the true nature of what has been called Resilience.

Dr Nick Baylis Theatre
SA02 - Building up the Learning Power Classroom

In this workshop, Guy Claxton will dig deep into the everyday life of regular classrooms, and explain in detail how a succession of small tweaks to teachers' daily practice develops a culture in which students gradually grow in their ability and appetite to take charge of their own learning.

Prof. Guy Claxton Theatre foyer
SA03 - A play-based approach to Early Childhood Education: Pistoia

This workshop will explore an educational project based on play and creativity in Pistoia in central Italy, where a common approach to early childhood education based on best practice in the Region has developed over the past forty years. The workshop will discuss the work based on long term projects which arise from children’s interests and the provision of time and space to explore through play. Using filmed material from Pistoia, the role of the adult during play will be explored – creating learning environments in which children take ownership of their learning.

Dr Rose Drury PPMP (Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)
SA04 - Effective questions

Effective questions produce thinking. Learning is the result of thinking. Therefore, questions are one of the most important tools used in teaching and learning. Through this workshop, participants will examine how teachers can ask fewer and better questions leading to more thinking time in class and explore hands-on routines to help students generate questions to further their learning. In addition, we will examine the role of questions in differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Dr Rhonda Bondie Art studio
SA05 - Digital Learning Pathways

This workshop prepares educators to consider the effective application of technologies for learning in recognition of the changing roles of educators in K-12. This workshop is aligned with the 2017 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators and participants will explore how to use cloud computing, Virtual Learning Platforms, and other digital tools to teach in innovative learning environments that empower and motivate pupils to learn and develop the competencies they need to succeed in the Digital Era.

Glaucia Rosas and Katherine Asega, St. Paul's School Library (Learning Resources Centre)

 

Sunday 25th March 2018

8.30 - 10.00 🎧 Sunday morning keynote address - Dr Nick Baylis: Exploring the science of wellbeing
Palestra principal  

This session will demonstrate how exploring the science of well-being can help your school, with a particular emphasis on how parents and teachers can role-model improvements by how they experiment with their own daily lives. Nick shares his observations not only as a psychotherapist, but as a well-being adviser to leading schools in the UK, to Cambridge Colleges, and to global companies.

 
Dr Nick Baylis Theatre
10.30 - 11.30 🎧 Sunday morning workshops (choose one)
Session Speaker(s) Location
SUM01 – Mind Your Language: The Everyday Lingo of Character Formation

One of the most powerful influences on classroom culture is the everyday language that teachers use. In this workshop, we will look at some 'good' and 'bad' words to use; how to talk about positive learning dispositions as well as the 'innards of learning'; why we should learn to use the language of Could Be rather than Is; and when to show our own learning sides to our students.

Prof. Guy Claxton Theatre
SUM02 - Be the best version of you

Playing to our strengths has great benefits for individual performance and well-being, but also has a wider positive influence on your team and organisation. This high impact and pragmatic session focuses on exploring what your strengths are and what these mean, helping you to understand how to leverage your strengths to become the best you can be.

Claire Harvey MBE Theatre foyer
SUM03 - Supporting bilingualism in the Early Years

This workshop will explore young bilingual children’s use of first languages and learning of a new language in the early years of schooling. The advantages of growing up learning more than one language will be discussed in relation to recent research. To give children the best chance of success, strategies will be suggested for fostering children’s bilingualism and supporting the learning of a new language – creating environments where multilingualism is a positive resource.

Dr Rose Drury PPMP (Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)
SUM04 - An introduction to coaching

This foundational workshop will provide an overview of the three key elements of coaching: A conversational process; the key skills of coaching and the idea of a "coaching way of being". Participants will learn about one particular conversational framework that they will be able to use straight away.

Prof. Christian van Nieuwerburgh Music 1
SUM05 - Effective questions

Effective questions produce thinking. Learning is the result of thinking. Therefore, questions are one of the most important tools used in teaching and learning. Through this workshop, participants will examine how teachers can ask fewer and better questions leading to more thinking time in class and explore hands-on routines to help students generate questions to further their learning. In addition, we will examine the role of questions in differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Dr Rhonda Bondie Art studio
SUM06 - Putting pupil wellbeing at the heart of school leadership

This workshop details measures that can be taken to foreground the importance of pupil wellbeing, mental health and resilience across both curriculum and the pastoral side of school. The session will place a particular focus on the empowerment of pupils to address each other’s wellbeing via embedded pupil leadership structures.

 Joan Deslandes OBE  Music 2
1.00 - 2.00 🎧 Sunday afternoon workshops (choose one)
Session Speaker(s) Location
SUA01 – Healthy classroom cultures

What moves you to act? What makes you invest time and energy in one task but not another? In this workshop, we will examine research on motivation and self-regulated learning to learn how "Rhonda's Rules for Implementing Classroom Routines" build a healthy classroom culture where pupils develop deep, durable, and flexible understandings of course content; feel empowered to take academic risks; put forth effort and persist in the face of academic challenges; and experience academic success.

Dr Rhonda Bondie Theatre
SUA02 - Building Up The Learning Power Classroom

In this workshop, Guy Claxton will dig deep into the everyday life of regular classrooms, and explain in detail how a succession of small tweaks to teachers' daily practice develops a culture in which students gradually grow in their ability and appetite to take charge of their own learning.

Prof. Guy Claxton Theatre foyer
SUA03 - A play-based approach to Early Childhood Education: Pistoia

This workshop will explore an educational project based on play and creativity in Pistoia in central Italy, where a common approach to early childhood education based on best practice in the Region has developed over the past forty years. The workshop will discuss the work based on long term projects which arise from children’s interests and the provision of time and space to explore through play. Using filmed material from Pistoia, the role of the adult during play will be explored – creating learning environments in which children take ownership of their learning.

Dr Rose Drury PPMP (Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)
SUA04 - Putting pupil wellbeing at the heart of school leadership

This workshop details measures that can be taken to foreground the importance of pupil wellbeing, mental health and resilience across both curriculum and the pastoral side of school. The session will place a particular focus on the empowerment of pupils to address each other’s wellbeing via embedded pupil leadership structures.

Joan Deslandes OBE Music 1
SUA05 - Creatively channelling your emotions

There’s no such thing as a bad emotion, only how well we deploy it. This skill of ‘creatively channeling’ is one of the keys to how a life thrives in the face of the inevitable adversities, and also provides insights into the true nature of what has been called Resilience.

Dr Nick Baylis Art studio
SUA06 - Strength identification and use

In this interactive workshop, delegates will have an opportunity to learn about the importance of strength identification and strength use. Through practical activities, attendees will gain an experiential understanding of how such interventions can increase subjective wellbeing. The activities will be immediately applicable and can be adapted for use in schools.

Prof. Christian van Niuewerburgh Music 2
2.30 - 4.00 🎧 Closing keynote - Claire Harvey MBE: Inclusive leadership: You can’t be what you don’t see

Palestra de encerramento

This high impact session focuses on the importance and benefits of having a school where all feel safe, valued and supported. Tools and techniques are provided in the session to enlighten and encourage leaders to leverage diversity of thought, style and approach to create a more inclusive environment, helping to drive innovative teaching, engagement and school success.

 

Claire Harvey MBE Theatre

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