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Professional Development Workshops for Educators (Series 2.0)
September 11, 2019 - September 13, 2019
Workshop 1 11th September | 10 am – 12 pm (2 hrs)
Effective Strategies to Differentiate Reading Instruction and Maximise Students’ Reading Comprehension
For Cross Curriculum and Multidisciplinary Approach
Proficient reading correlates to higher academic outcomes (Nyarko, Kugbey, Kofi, Cole & Adentwi, 2018; Bigozzi, Tarchi, Vagnoli, Valente & Pinto, 2017)) and is critical for success in today’s world. Learning to read, however, can be challenging and time-consuming. This is especially true when English is a foreign or second language, and it is used across curriculum in different subject disciplines. In this session, we will unpack the science behind teaching reading, while discovering some time-saving, technology infused resources that can be used in any K-6 classroom with any level of student for the purpose of building strong background knowledge, attaining literacy in the respective subject disciplines, and increasing reading comprehension across curriculum.
Workshop 2 12th September | 10 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 4 pm (5 hrs with lunch break)
Effective Teaching of STEM on Forces & Motion : Designing Bridges
The workshop will help teachers to understand the true meaning of “Technology” and “Engineering.” Using one of the units in Elementary is Elementary (EiE), the context will be introduced in the form of story, leading to identifying what the problem is, to learning the science principles involved through investigative experiments, selecting the materials for testing and finally the creation of the solution and improving it. Teachers will experience the 5-step Engineering Process, develop confidence to facilitate the “engineering” process among students to create the “technology” to solve the identified problem. In particular, teachers will learn how to deliver a STEM lesson on forces and motion through the designing and building of bridges in the classroom.
Workshop 3 13th September | 10 am – 12 pm (2 hrs)
Effective Teaching of Coding through Gaming: Coding Taught Super Easy
(please bring along own laptop)
This workshop will allow the teachers to have hands-on experience of learning coding, to understand the ease of delivering a typical coding lesson, how to monitor students’ progress and help weaker students level up their skills. This will also be a platform to discuss why coding is a critical skill in the 21st Century and to understand why Coding Adventure is one of the most effective gaming tool for teaching coding. Students undergoing Coding Adventure are intrinsically motivated to learn, and they progress to acquire the coding skills and develop confidence to create their own set of challenges in a game. Hence, the students will also apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to create their own unique solutions.
Workshop Facilitator Profiles
Ms Jennifer Nigh
|Effective Strategies to Differentiate Reading Instruction and Maximise Students’ Reading Comprehension for Cross Curriculum and Multidisciplinary Approach
As an experienced educator and literacy specialist, Jennifer believes in the expertise of the teacher and the power of literacy. In her role as Director, Professional Learning Services at learning A-Z, Jennifer’s mission is to empower educators with the knowledge, resources and research that can help every student reach his or her fullest potential. Jennifer is currently earning her PhD in Curriculum Instruction and Literacy.
Mr Joseph Chong
|Effective Teaching of STEM on Forces & Motion : Designing Bridges
Effective Teaching of Coding through Gaming : Coding Taught Super Easy
Joseph has a Master of Education in Gifted Education, 20 years of teaching experience and 8 years as Head of Science in Raffles Institution. He has also presented at the World Council for Gifted & Talented Children in Prague, Czech Republic in 2010 on “Understanding Underachievement Amongst Gifted Pupils”. He has worked extensively with schools around the region such as MCKK, Malaysia; Nguyen Tri Phuong School, Hue, Vietnam and the Philippines Science High School.
Deadline for the sign up is 30th August.
Max 2 participants for Workshop 2 & Workshop 3 and 3 participants for Workshop 1 for every school.
These workshops are conducted complimentary with the aim of helping teachers to be better professionally.
Hence seats will run out fast as our experience in the previous workshops. Do sign up now!