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the language of learning bangkok golden spire the grand palace phra borom maha ratcha wang is a complex of buildings in bangkok thailand it served as the official residence of the kings of thailand from the 18th century onwards earcos teachers conference 2012 march 28-31 bangkok thailand

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earcos trustees staff about earcos the east asia regional council of schools is an organization of 130 member schools in east asia these schools have a total of more than 92,000 pre-k to 12th grade students earcos also has 152 associate members textbook and software publishers and distributors universities financial planners architectural firms insurance companies youth organizations etc and 25 individual members membership in earcos is open to elementary and secondary schools in east asia which offer an educational program using english as the primary language of instruction and to other organizations institutions and individuals interested in the objectives and purposes of the council general information earcos holds one leadership conference every november and one teachers conference every march in addition earcos funds several weekend institutes hosted by member schools throughout east asia earcos also organizes a meeting for earcos heads of schools every april earcos publishes its newsletter the earcos journal which is distributed to its members three times a year and a directory of all of its members objectives and purposes to promote intercultural understanding and international friendship through the activities of member schools to broaden the dimensions of education of all schools involved in the council in the interest of a total program of education to advance the professional growth and welfare of individuals belonging to the educational staff of member schools to facilitate communication and cooperative action between and among all associated schools to cooperate with other organizations and individuals pursuing the same objectives as this council the earcos trustees tim carr president ben norton vice president deidre fischer secretary david toze treasurer tarek razik chris akin tom farrell anne fowles brent mutsch connie buford ex officio u.s dept of state regional education officer the earcos staff dick krajczar executive director bill oldread assistant director vitz baltero administrative assistant elc conf coordinator elaine repatacodo etc conf coordinator ver castro membership coordinator i.t coordinator edzel drilo webmaster journal weekend workshop robert viray accountant

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welcome message from the executive director dear etc delegates welcome to the 2012 earcos teachers conference etc at the shangri-la bangkok thailand what a great venue for the 10th etc we hope you will enjoy our great lineup of special presenters and the conference site the etc has three excellent keynote presenters in cathy davidson steve layne and jason ohler we have 11 preconference offerings and 105 special presenter workshop sessions geared to meet our teachers needs in addition our job-a-like sessions will provide an opportunity for teachers to meet with their colleagues who work in similar disciplines etc has 55 scheduled teacher workshop sessions which are always practical and well-presented please support your fellow teachers students will again be highlighted in our general sessions the international school of bangkok and the new international school of thailand will perform at our general sessions on thursday and friday saturday s general session will begin with the shanghai/earcos film festival winners our earcos schools have great talent so help support our students by being prompt for each general session thanks to all our etc teacher representatives who have spent many hours assisting their teachers with workshops registration for the conference and hotel and transportation arrangements without their dedication it would be impossible to host our conference the way we do thanks to our earcos staff members who have worked endless hours to assist with the many details and logistics the contributions of elaine vitz ver edzel and robert with their attention to detail are commendable our assistant director bill oldread has been invaluable in organizing our conference strands of digital literacy literacy modern language english as an additional language special needs counseling and technology finally it is always my wish for our delegates to make good contacts be challenged by our presenters renew friendships and enjoy our hospitality visit our exhibitors and let them know that we appreciate their sponsorship that helps us provide the best conference possible i m proud and happy to be the director of this wonderful organization remember next year we will be at concordia international school in shanghai dick krajczar earcos executive director this program belongs to the language of learning 01

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earcos mission vision strategic plan earcos mission earcos inspires adult and student learning through its leadership and service and fosters intercultural understanding global citizenship and exceptional educational practices within our learning community strategy c develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster access to expertise earcos develops collaborative relationships with external organizations that support the needs of earcos member schools strategy d connect schools communities and individuals through the use of effective latest technologies to promote collaboration intercultural understanding and access to broader educational opportunities earcos schools use a range of technologies that support collaborative efforts and staff development in collaboration with earcos universities provide e-learning opportunities that allow for staff development and credentialing opportunities the earcos website is a valuable tool offering a broad range of collaborative services enhancing staff and student development and a resource for educational opportunities within earcos earcos supports data driven decision-making through the use of electronic survey instruments strategy e conduct relevant research and communicate resulting data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices earcos sponsored grant process financially supports action research by and for earcos members pertinent to the educational process in asia earcos vision to support the earcos mission we will provide targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for member communities engage adults and students in learning activities across the region that will promote friendship understanding and global citizenship develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster greater access to expertise connect schools communities and individuals through the use of technology to promote collaboration communication intercultural understanding and access to broader educational opportunities conduct and communicate research and archive relevant data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices in accomplishing its mission and vision earcos will play a prominent leadership role throughout the global educational community strategies and list of results strategy a provide specific targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for various member communities 1 list serves/web page resources facilitate inter-school communication regarding issues relevant to specific disciplines or job categories 2 subject-specific conferences meet the professional development needs in selected disciplines or job categories both at the major conference site and at separate stand-alone conferences at different locations and times 3 consortiums of schools based on professional development interests and needs collaboratively identify and support the best practices 4 faculty in earcos schools share expertise to support targeted professional development needs at the school site 5 a cohort of trained affordable facilitators is available to work with boards and trustees throughout the region 6 earcos facilitates a mentor program for new school heads and new principals 7 earcos through its aspiring leadership programs encourages its members to pursue leadership positions 8 offering a greater choice of breadth and/or depth at the major annual conferences earcos develops new and varied formats for conferences strategy b engage students and adults in learning activities across the region that will foster friendship understanding and global citizenship 1 earcos sponsors an annual student leadership conference 2 student service projects are recognized and supported by global citizen awards and grant program for students and adults 3 earcos facilitates virtual education projects that support student learning foster friendship understanding leadership and intellectual challenge core values earcos believes all individuals have intrinsic worth their dignity and value are enhanced when they are honored and nourished diverse and inclusive communities nurture the well-being and growth of individuals and organizations learning is continuous and essential for individual growth and the advancement of society individuals and communities have the need and capacity to learn and grow individuals and communities are responsible for helping supporting and serving others individuals and communities are responsible for stewardship of the natural environment individuals and communities are responsible for the choices they make integrity honesty and striving for excellence are essential to our purpose goals all member schools use earcos as their primary resource for the professional development of their learning community earcos activities positively impact intercultural understanding 02 earcos teachers conference 2012

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1 2 4 6 10 11 12 14 16 20 21 21 22 23 24 26 30 32 34 35 36 38 42 43 44 46 52 61 table of contents welcome message from the executive director earcos mission vision strategic plan meeting banquets floor plan preconferences first day of conference at a glance conference opening keynote speaker cathy davidson session 1 job-a-like session session 2 session 3 craft fair/bazaar welcome reception cultural night second day of conference at a glance keynote speaker steven layne session 4 session 5 session 6 session 7 third day of conference at a glance keynote speaker jason ohler session 8 session 9 session 10 gala dinner earcos members respond to thailand disaster workshop presenters teacher workshop presenters delegate list thursday 29 march 2012 first day of conference 07:30-16:45 08:00-08:15 08:15-08:30 08:30-09:30 exhibits open opening remarks student choir international school bangkok keynote speaker cathy davidson title now you see it how the brain science of attention will transform the way we live work and learn sponsored by international schools services coffee break sponsored by university of san francisco washington state university session 1 lunch job-a-like sessions session 2 teacher workshops coffee break sponsored by dymo/mimio interactive teaching technologies session 3 crafts fair bazaar welcome reception cultural night sponsored by tiecare international 09:30-10:00 10:00-11:30 11:30-12:30 12:30-13:30 13:45-14:45 14:45-15:15 15:15-16:45 16:30-21:00 19:30-21:00 friday 30 march 2012 second day of conference 07:30-17:00 08:00-08:15 08:15-08:30 08:30-09:30 09:30-10:00 10:00-11:30 11:30-12:30 12:30-13:45 13:45-15:15 15:15-15:45 15:45-17:00 exhibits open opening remarks performance the nist marimba ensemble keynote speaker steven layne title title balcony people teachers make the difference sponsored by buffalo state suny coffee break sponsored by follett international session 4 session 5 teacher workshops lunch session 6 coffee break sponsored by fast train program session 7 cover photo by john dalkin conference at a glance earcos registration desk hours tuesday march 27 14:00-20:00 wednesday march 28 07:00-22:00 thursday march 29 06:30-17:00 friday march 30 07:00-17:00 saturday march 31 07:00-17:00 international school leadership programs university of san francisco washington state university time 8:30-16:30 room chairman s room thursday 29 march 2012 friday 30 march 2012 saturday 31 march 2012 sunday 01 april 2012 monday march 26 2012 preconferences 16:00 environmental studies sustainability tuesday march 27 2012 preconferences 08:30-16:30 environmental studies sustainability ap calculus ap english 10:00-10:30 coffee break 12:30-13:30 lunch at the next 2 cafe 14:30-15:00 afternoon coffee break wednesday march 28 2012 08:30-16:30 preconferences 10:00-10:30 morning coffee break 12:30-13:30 lunch at the ballroom 14:30-15:00 coffee break 17:00-18:00 meeting for teacher representatives 18:00-18:30 reception for teacher representatives saturday 31 march 2012 third day of conference 07:30-15:00 08:00-08:15 08:15-08:30 08:30-09:30 exhibits open opening remarks earcos asia student film festival 2 film shorts keynote speaker jason ohler title new media new literacies ­ educational transformation through digital creativity sponsored by taylor s education sdn bhd school division coffee break sponsored by western association of schools and colleges wasc session 8 heavy coffee break session 9 teacher workshops session 10 reception for the exhibitors by invitation gala dinner sponsored by tiecare international 09:30-10:00 10:00-11:30 11:30-12:15 12:15-13:15 13:30-15:00 17:15-18:15 18:30-21:00 this is a `no bag conference for several years delegates have been telling us not to provide a conference bag so this year we have responded in lieu of bags earcos will donate $1500 dollars to the after the wave foundation here in thailand dedicated to improving the lives of children still suffering the effects of the deadly tsunami the language of learning 03

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meeting banquets floor plan shangri-la wing level 1 peppino 3rd floor krungthep wing level 3 04 earcos teachers conference 2012

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preconferences monday 26 march 2012 kenny peavy and lynda rolph meet at the hotel pier at 16:00 title environment studies strand environmental studies sustainability learn local ecology and natural history as you float down the chao phraya river which flows through bangkok eventually making its way to the gulf of thailand participants will live aboard the traidhos three generation barge for 2 days and 2 nights as they take part in activities that will enhance their knowledge of local flora and fauna and complement their classroom curriculum and lesson plans for all subject areas and all levels they will also learn techniques for environmental education and education for sustainable development esd while using the atkisson compass model for schools a visit to a local market getting up close with nature team building field research learning games and reflection will be incorporated into daily activities and provide participants with a genuine experience of the riverine ecosystem and thai culture participants will receive further information i.e what to bring daily itinerary etc once they have signed up limited to 24 participants from any discipline or grade level tuesday 27 march 2012 8:30 16:30 room barge kenny peavy and lynda rolph title environment studies strand environmental studies sustainability two-day preconference continued ben cornelius room the valley room i title teaching university level calculus in secondary school ap calculus ab bc combined strand ap calculus this workshop is geared toward teachers who are relatively new to teaching university level courses such as advanced placement calculus or interested in teaching it in the future there will also be information that will likely be of interest to experienced advanced calculus teachers we will look briefly at the major topics that are common to calculus ab and bc focusing on teaching strategies and common student mistakes some of the topics will be examined through simple representative problems and others will be illustrated using past exam questions both multiple choice and free response allowing participants to gain insight into the ap course how the exam is graded and what students need to do in order to succeed on the exam and in university level mathematics courses preconferences danny lawrence room the valley room ii title ap english strand ap english this workshop is geared towards teachers who teach or are interested in teaching university-level english courses such as ap english language and composition or ap english literature and composition participants will explore the ap english language and composition course in light of its focus on rhetorical analysis argumentation and various forms of the literature of fact including essays speeches letters and memoir.s in addition participants will explore classroom strategies that invite students to closely read analyze and appreciate imaginative literature fiction poetry and drama as encountered in ap english literature and composition strategies for developing writing assignments and working with student writers will be discussed participants will experience key elements of both ap english examinations including completion scoring and discussion of multiple choice as well as free response essay questions 10:00 10:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:00 morning coffee break at the meeting room foyer lunch at the next 2 cafe afternoon coffee break at the meeting room foyer wednesday 28 march 2012 kenny peavy and lynda rolph title environment studies strand environmental studies sustainability two-day preconference continued international school leadership progam usf/wsu strand leadership program chris thomas 8:30 16:30 room barge room chairman s room room the valley room i ben cornelius teaching university level calculus in secondary school ap calculus ab bc combined strand ap calculus two-day preconference continued danny lawrence title ap english strand ap english two-day preconference continued 06 earcos teachers conference 2012 room the valley room ii

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preconferences wednesday 28 march 2012 8:30 16:30 marilyn george strand accreditation room the study room accreditation western association of schools and colleges title serving as a visiting committee member and conducting a self-study this session will 1 prepare educators to serve on wasc visiting committees emphasizing the role and responsibilities of a wasc visiting committee member and 2 examine the essentials of the focus on learning process and its adaptability from a self-study perspective who should attend representatives from schools conducting future focus on learning self-studies all interested teachers and other educators who have never served on an accreditation team or have served previously but are eager to learn more about serving on a focus on learning team all teachers and other educators who are serving on focus on learning teams if they have not participated in a recent training why attend the session will provide an opportunity for educators to strengthen their understanding of focus on learning process from a school self-study and visiting committee perspective to understand how focus on learning can be integrated with other school initiatives such as strategic planning to examine strategies inherent in focus on learning that support the schools assessment of student learning in relation to schoolwide learning results and curricular objectives/standards to become eligible to serve on visiting committees michael boll and michael lambert strand digital literacy room malaysia room title 1:1 laptop programs in international schools the good the bad and the awesome students have the computers/technology and there is an increasing number of learners using their own ipads smart phones flipcams a variety of netbooks etc it s a byot bring your own technology classroom with numerous websites applications and various media tools the classroom and the curriculum are in a `disruptive environment with new possibilities come new challenges but these new problems have to be viewed and addressed in new ways in this session the co-presenters will discuss and debate the crucial issues involved in creating a 1:1 program and fostering its growth the co-presenters have been starting and managing 1:1 programs for more than 10 years and have run into a lot of pitfalls in their time jill bromenschenkel strand esl room indonesia room title engage me academic language interaction for ells how are we meeting the challenge to engage ells and all students in authentic academic language interaction especially in content area settings and how are we tapping into today s technology and digital tools to foster academic communication and collaboration opportunities with esl students in mind participants will gain take-away tools and resources that result in deepened student engagement and language and content achievement including 21st century approaches to collaboration and co teaching planning and communication effective interactive classroom structures and digital tools to empower ells strand library room the garden gallery doug johnson title facing our challenges in positive ways today s school libraries seem beset by challenges and the need for change this workshop will help the participant develop and use effective change strategies that are practical effective and that truly help increase budgets improve working conditions and make the library media program essential to student learning the workshop will help the participant learn how proactive collaborative planning and reporting efforts based on needs assessments can have a tremendous impact on the support given to media programs by teachers administrators and the community and how to devise a powerful communication strategy lori langer de ramirez strand modern language esl room:vietnam room title folktales fables and stories for the language classroom using folktales as the thematic center teachers can incorporate language content and culture into their lessons activities will be shared that involve students in using their language to make connections to other disciplines as they explore these culturally-rich stories the presenter will provide a rationale for using folktales as a thematic center in curriculum planning present sources and resources for stories address ways to adapt stories to meet diverse proficiency levels demonstrate pre-and post-reading/listening activities and work with small groups on the initial planning of a story-centered thematic unit for their own classroom eula ewing monroe strand math room chao phraya room title helping learners develop mathematical practices that yield the major goal of mathematics instruction mathematical understanding seems elusive for many learners and knowing how to help them accomplish that goal may seem elusive to their teachers as well.yet there are ways students can learn to think about and do mathematics called mathematical practices included in the common core and other standards that yield uncommon understandings session participants will engage in tasks that illuminate these mathematical practices and learn strategies to teach them to their students preconferences the language of learning 07

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preconferences wednesday 28 march 2012 8:30 16:30 derek selander strand counseling room singapore room title bridging the school-parent gap effective and transformative ways to engage parents in the educational process as education continues to evolve so does the role of student service providers while mainly providing direct services to students one aspect of the role now includes indirect services such as collaborating with parents studies show that parental involvement in school is associated with both student academic and social success workshop participants will learn how to apply counseling and consulting skills to parents and parenting leaving with a tool box of insights and activities for developing and nurturing effective school-parent relationships this workshop will delve deeper into the topics and resources discussed in the rethinking parenting presentation scheduled during the main conference sponsored by the college board jeff utecht kim cofino strand coetail room peppino level 3 title coetail this preconference is course 5 of the certificate of educational technology and information literacy cohort that started last year at etc11.this is a closed preconference for only those involved in the year long program if you would like information about the coetail program please visit http www.coetail asia 10:00 10:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:00 preconferences 17:00 18:00 18:00 18:30 morning coffee break at the meeting room foyer lunch at the ballroom i afternoon coffee break at the meeting room foyer meeting for teacher representatives reception for teacher representatives room ballroom i room dr k s suite international school leadership progamusf/wsu schedules presenter chris thomas thursday friday saturday sunday 29 march 2012 30 march 2012 31 march 2012 01 april 2012 8:30 16:30 8:30 16:30 8:30 16:30 8:30 16:30 chairman s room chairman s room chairman s room chairman s room this is a `no bag conference for several years delegates have been telling us not to provide a conference bag so this year we have responded in lieu of bags earcos will donate $1500 dollars to the after the wave foundation here in thailand dedicated to improving the lives of children still suffering the effects of the deadly tsunami name tags are required at all conference sessions and social events please help us implement this policy 08 earcos teachers conference 2012

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first day of conference at a glance 07:30-16:45 08:00-08:15 08:15-08:30 08:30-09:30 09:30-10:00 10:00-11:30 11:30-12:30 12:30-13:30 13:45-14:45 14:45-15:15 15:15-16:45 16:30-21:00 18:30-21:00 exhibits open opening remarks student choir international school bangkok keynote speaker coffee break session 1 lunch job-a-like sessions session 2 coffee break session 3 crafts fair bazaar welcome reception cultural night history of thailand the history of thailand begins with the migration of the thais into what is now thailand during the first millennium prior to this bronze and iron age civilizations had existed for several thousand years plus later mon malay and khmer kingdoms the thais established their own kingdoms most prominently a brief flowering at sukhothai and more lastingly the ayutthaya kingdom these kingdoms were under constant threat from burma and vietnam as well as from thai and lao rivals the european colonial powers threatened in the 19th and early 20th centuries but thailand survived as the only southeast asian state to avoid colonial rule after the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932 thailand endured sixty years of almost permanent military rule before the establishment of a democratic system source wikipedia thai customs one of the most distinctive thai customs is the wai showing greeting farewell or acknowledgment it comes in several forms reflecting the relative status of those involved but generally it involves a prayer-like gesture with the hands and a bow of the head couples and people of opposite sex should not touch each other in public including holding hands however physical demonstrations of affection in public are common between friends of the same sex touching someone on the head is considered rude it is also considered rude to place one s feet at a level above someone else s head especially if that person is of higher social standing this is because the thai people consider the foot to be the dirtiest and lowest part of the body and the head the most respected and highest part of the body pointing at or touching something with the feet is also considered rude when sitting keep both feet on the ground it is customary to remove one s footwear before entering a home or a temple and not to step on the threshold when sitting in a temple one is expected to point one s feet away from images of the buddha because of their religious discipline thai monks are forbidden physical contact with women women are therefore expected to make way for passing monks to ensure that accidental contact does not occur women making offerings to monks place their donation at the feet of the monk or on a cloth laid on the ground or a table source wikipedia nature thailand is a country with abundant natural resources including a wide variety of flora and fauna and distinct ecological zones there are over 100 thailand national parks including more than 20 marine parks and each park features unique attractions outstanding facilities and opportunities to see animals in thailand those interested in trekking mountain biking photography birding camping scuba diving or getting up close to exotic animals in thailand have many options to choose from a visit to a thailand beach or one of the many thailand islands is an opportunity for visitors to relax experience exotic marine life or even learn to scuba dive however across thailand whether at a beach island or thailand national park visitors will discover unique flora and fauna and distinct ecological zones from the temperate forests of the northern mountains and the plains of central thailand to the savannahs of the northeast and the mangrove forests of the southern coasts animals in thailand include not only elephants and monkeys but also bears and whale sharks the world s largest fish 10 earcos teachers conference 2012

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conference opening thursday 29 march 2012 7:30-16:45 room ballroom foyer exhibits open 8:00 8:15 room ballroom opening remarks announcements richard krajczar earcos executive director 8:15 8:30 room ballroom student choir international school bangkok anthony giles choir director introduction of speaker richard krajczar earcos executive director 8:30 9:30 room ballroom keynote speaker cathy n davidson cathy davidson served from 1998 until 2006 as the first vice provost for interdisciplinary studies at duke university where she worked with faculty to help create many programs including the center for cognitive neuroscience and the program in information science information studies isis she is the co-founder of humanities arts science and technology advanced collaboratory hastac haystack a network of innovators dedicated to new forms of learning for the digital age she is also co-director of the $2 million annual hastac/john d and catherine t macarthur foundation digital media and learning competition during her time as the john hope franklin humanities institute professor of interdisciplinary studies at duke university she has published more than 20 books including closing the life and death of an american factory with photographer bill bamberger and the future of thinking learning institutions in a digital age with hastac co-founder david theo goldberg she blogs regularly on new media learning and innovation on the www hastac.org website as cat in the stack as well as on www.dmlcentral.com and psychology today.com in december 2010 president obama nominated her to the national council on the humanities keynote title now you see it how the brain science of attention will transform the way we live work and learn when cathy davidson and duke university advocated giving free ipods to the freshman class in 2003 critics said the university was wasting their money.yet when students in practically every discipline invented academic uses for the music players suddenly the idea could be seen in a new light as an innovative way to turn learning on its head this radical experiment is at the heart of davidson s inspiring new book using cutting-edge research on the brain she shows how attention blindness has produced one of our society s greatest challenges while we ve all acknowledged the great changes of the digital age most of us still toil in schools and workplaces designed for the last century davidson introduces us to visionaries whose groundbreaking ideas from schools with curriculums built around video games to companies that train workers using virtual environments will open the doors to new ways of working and learning a lively hybrid of thomas friedman and normal doidge now you see it is a refreshingly optimistic argument for a bold embrace of our connected collaborative future keynote speaker sponsored by international schools services 9:30 10:00 sponsored by university of san francisco washington state university coffee break at the ballroom foyer the language of learning 11

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session 1 thursday 29 march 2012 10:00-11:30 julie adams room the study room strand esl title what every educator should know about content area literacy effective instruction learn the latest research regarding content area literacy how to end the 4th grade slump and achievement gap and utilize effective instructional practices to promote student engagement and comprehension across all content areas cathryn berger kaye room peppino level 3 strand general ed service learning title the time is now for service learning engaging relevant real service learning a powerful teaching strategy creates a conducive environment for developing transferable skills and knowledge high engagement and relevance benefitting teachers as well as students transform community service into service learning with the five stages of service learning literature connections fiction and nonfiction and adding purpose to process highly interactive tim burns sponsored by the college board room indonesia room strand counseling title three brains are better than one integrating brain body and heart intelligences for engaged learning looking for a workshop experience that pulls together recent and relevant findings about the learning brain while integrating intriguing discoveries about the role of the so called second brain the gut or body-brain and the intelligence of the heart in learning and well-being if so this is the institute for you this informative interactive workshop blends research and practical application within a framework of brain-based childhood development showing why and most importantly to educators how to put these important findings into practice such an integrated approach to teaching and learning results in threat-free enjoyable learning join us for an exploration of the engaged brains cathy davidson room ballroom iii strand digital literacy title how we measure this workshop introduces the history of the kinds and forms of measurement that dominate twentieth-century educational practices k-20 session 1 alison davis room brunei room ii strand literacy title minds-on hands-on thinking readers there are many skills and strategies which thinking readers use before during and after reading these minds-on strategies need to be taught to students in a systematic and explicit way so they have deep understanding of everything they read there are multiple opportunities in a teaching day for teachers and librarians to model minds-on strategies and the in-head cognitive processing with both narrative and factual texts hands-on strategies can be modeled with digital or enlarged text guided reading text or independent reading books to produce the construction of meaning so minds-on reading hands-on strategies deep comprehension brett dillingham room myanmar i strand literacy title culturally responsive literacy through storytelling performance literacy culturally responsive literacy is rich rewarding and consistent with the values of students cultures and focuses on improving academic learning in this workshop we will engage in activities that have a strong theory/evidence base performance literacy storytelling activities encourage and facilitate children s oral and written language development increase listening and reading comprehension and inspire a love of reading and writing these processes build on constructivist learning principles with the learner as an active participant in the process david grant room the valley room i strand digital literacy title teaching students to shoot like pros students at king middle school in portland maine shoot and produce documentary video of learning expeditions at every grade level on every team in this hands on workshop participants will explore how students can master simple but powerful videography conventions participants will leave with new knowledge of how to shoot great video as well as with a ready-to-use lesson for teaching students how to shoot like pros in their classrooms please bring a phone or camera that shoots video and a wire for uploading nicholas jackiw room chao phraya room strand math title the geometer s sketchpad introductory workshop tessellations and tilings participants will meet and learn the basic operations of the geometer s sketchpad the most widely-used school mathematics software in the context of exploring regular tessellations of the plane via regular polygons.this hands-on workshop is for mathematics teachers at all grade levels and is recommended for users new-or relatively new-to dynamic geometry technology bring your laptop 12 earcos teachers conference 2012

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session 1 thursday 29 march 2012 10:00-11:30 maggie moon room the garden gallery strand literacy title how to plan out the best possible mini-lessons make your teaching stick make good use of your time to keep it mini one of the main aspects to a strong reading or writing workshop is the daily mini-lesson as many teachers know it is often too easy to try to wing minilessons or somehow find that 20 minutes have passed and the lesson isn t over in this workshop teachers will examine the importance of pacing a good mini-lesson and will consider the various ways to keep a mini-lesson actually mini each part of a mini-lesson will be looked at closely and teachers will have the opportunity to revisit past lessons and dream up how to turn them into a string of mini-lessons participants will also plan out mini-lessons by breaking down a specific teaching point into steps room myanmar ii iii eula ewing monroe strand math title a baker s dozen 13 ways not to discourage mathematical discussion do some of your teaching approaches and strategies inadvertently discourage rather than encourage meaning mathematical discussion this session identifies common teacher behaviors and other factors within the classroom that discourage students from engaging in the discourse of mathematics in each case adjustments are suggested to offer a more positive alternative donna kalmbach phillips room:vietnam room strand general ed action research title teacher action research an overview this interactive workshop is designed to answer the question what is teacher action research attendees will define action research understand the usefulness of action research to classroom teachers and gain a broad perspective of how action research is implemented room brunei room i anna sugarman strand special needs gifted title identifying and maximizing talent working definitions of giftedness will provide a foundation for this presentation which will highlight characteristics of high ability students and explain how they can be facilitators for or distractors of learning participants will explore practical applications and options in the international schools to maximize learning and aptitude development peggy sharp room philippines room i ii strand library title new books for grades k-2 and how to use them in your program learn of some of the best new books for younger students and specific strategies for using them to motivate reading and promote learning ideas presented are highly practical ready-to-use-tomorrow strategies for all areas of your program that are appropriate for the new books as well as for your old favorites stephen shore room singapore room strand special needs title understanding the hidden curriculum for learners on the autism spectrum and related conditions when is it appropriate to talk in class how does one act when hanging out with friends in school or in the library is there a way to reckon with the fact that the lunch hour at work is only 30 minutes most people automatically know the answers to these questions and many like them through observations of social interaction this presentation examines power cards social stories by carol gray emotional thermometers and mnemonic devices such as stop observe deliberate and act and other strategies for providing practical solutions to the vexing problem of teaching appropriate social interaction to people on the autism spectrum in appropriate social interactions joe stucker paul wood room the valley room ii strand general title a perfect match international school recruitment from the school s perspective if a school has great teachers it is a great school whitaker 2004 international school recruitment has become virtually a year-round process both recruiters and schools need to take advantage of all available resources to ensure the best possible match this interactive workshop provides participants with insight into the recruitment process from the school s perspective and offers practical suggestions for how teachers and aspiring administrators can optimize their chances of being hired by the right school it will also consider the roles in the process of the initial application resume email communications skype/telephone interviews the recruitment fairs and professional networks such as linkedin jeff utecht room malaysia room strand digital literacy title google apps in the classroom this session will focus on using google apps in the classroom with students 3rd 12th grade this free educational service encompasses a powerful set of tools that is revolutionizing education combining these tools with other free google products like google maps and google earth only enhances the learning for students we will go hands-on with real lessons being used in classrooms right now as we discuss how google apps changes the learning environment from science notebooks to collaborative notes and classroom newspapers we ll get our hands dirty with what these powerful tools have to offer participants will need a google account session 1 11:30-12:30 lunch at the ballroom and angelini the language of learning 13

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