Pedagogy, Learning, Assessment and Curriculum (PLAC)

These are examples of the Micro Skills Workshops we can offer. The workshops focus on professional learning which can be immediately applied in the classroom.

The general aim will be on how to acquire the skills, knowledge and understandings to engage students in active and purpose learning activities.

The style of learning will be very hands on with a healthy mix of theory and practical tips and advice.

Cultural differences in Professional Practice
This can be a big challenge for Chinese teachers new to International Schools. We will offer micro skills workshops where teachers can better understand what is expected of them as a subject teacher and form tutor. This will cover issues such as:

The language of the classroom – How to use the right words at the right time and get the right response
Communication Styles - How to communicate with parents, colleagues and senior staff
Assessment and reporting – How to write good reports quickly
Worried Parents - How to handle concerned parents and create win – win solutions

The Craft of the Classroom – from Theory to Practice

Where westerners focus on individualism, Chinese teachers value collectiveness so classroom management in an international school can look and feel very different from a local Hong Kong or Mainland school. Learn more about this is and how you can adapt and take a fresh approach to your Classroom Management. At the same time you can learn how you can contribute to creating a more international approach to learning in your school.

Student Engagement – from Passive to Active learners
These two workshops will give you some fresh insights into how to engage students in authentic and challenging learning behaviours.

1. Questions worth Asking. The research shows that the quality of teacher questions in class is poor. In this session you will learn how to use a wide range of questioning techniques which will engage all the students and give you valuable feedback about their learning.

2. Cooperative and Collaborative learning in the Classroom. We are all expected to adopt student centred learning in our classrooms and place students into groups. But how can you make this more effective and ensure all group members are participating and contributing to the learning. Learn some useful techniques for engaging students in cooperative learning behaviours

Curriculum and Learning Design – Making Learning Visible
All the major curriculum reforms are Western in origin so are unfamiliar to many Chinese teachers. Attending an IB workshop or an ACAMIS conference is a start, but many Chinese teachers will want to learn more about how their approach to designing Units of Work and learning activities, can be better informed by:

1. Assessment for Learning and Formative Instructional Practice (FIP)
2. Concept Based Learning and Inquiry Based Learning

This theme will be delivered in two workshops