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Education in action

Education in action

Focusing on what happens in schools, these practical and dynamic session will showcase the latest innovations in education. Covering all aspects of education and demonstrating best practice to improve and enhance teaching and learning. Find out about key global education issues, the latest trends and technology as well as entrepreneurship, life skills and vocational training.

10:30 - 11:00Variety is the Spice of Life Science: Integrating Song, Dance, Poetry and Design Into Science Teaching

This is an interactive presentation during which I will give examples of the ways I have used song, dance, poetry and design to enhance learning in science - putting the A in STEAM. Delegates will learn about how poetry can be used to help students remember factual content. They will participate in songs that help students to learn technical vocabulary and a dance that brings alive the structure of DNA, as well as other examples of the use of song and dance. Delegates will be given an overview of DesignSTEM, an open-source Erasmus Plus project (completed 2016-2019), which successfully integrated design and STEM subjects. Finally, they will earn about how student participation in an award-winning drama about DNA paternity led to greater student engagement

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

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11:00 - 11:30Integrating STEM in Secondary Schools in Bahrain: Reflections & Recommendations

In order to introduce the application of STEM theories and concepts to real life application and industry practices, Clever Play Education & Training initiated an in-school STEM Program in select public schools in the Kingdom of Bahrain during the first term of academic year 2019-2020. The program was conducted during formal class hours thereby gaining an entry point into the formal curriculum. Our STEM In-School Integration in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Bahrain piloted a STEM Program in 8 schools across different governorates. Its aim is to develop hands on STEM areas connecting classroom concepts to real world application. The results of this pioneer attempt are critical to the goal of eventually having the program adopted in more schools. The service partnership with MOE is a vital step towards impacting government policy and practice to optimize the social value and impact we are working to create. The talk will conclude with results and recommendations.

Topic : STEAM

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11:30 - 12:00Supporting your students well-being

The Super Generation supports forward-thinking schools with educational well-being programmes that empower students to develop their social and emotional intelligence. As experienced educators, we understand the correlation between student well-being and academic achievement. We offer innovative, yet practical and engaging well-being programmes that inspire students to achieve academic success and become confident future leaders. This workshop shares with teachers the theory underpinning our work along some simple strategies and advice on how best schools can support their students in developing the confidence, motivation and resilience to develop the mindset to deal with an increasingly changing world.

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

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12:00 - 12:30What is a Real Bridge Between the Neuroscience and Education?

The recent focus of neuroscience on what facilitates lifelong learning has led to breakthroughs in the education world. Schools, teachers, and parents have the opportunity to approach and understand learning like never before. My talk will focus on the real expectations from the new research in the field of neuroscience and their impact on teaching and learning in the future.

Topic : Neuroscience

Speaker:
  • Mohamed Srour | Head of Science Department | Madinat Eloloum international school (MOIS)

12:30 - 13:00Real-Life Experiments and Virtual Enhancements

Practical science encompasses a range of activities that can be enhanced through the use of digital technologies both inside and outside the classroom. However as digital technologies are rapidly evolving, do all teachers have access to evidence about what works and training in the use of technologies before they can implement them in their science lessons? Digital technologies can provide access to a wide range of data that may not be as easy to collect within school science lessons, to supplement data collection by students. This practical workshop will provide examples of virtual environments and simulated experiments which demonstrate how technology can enhance learning and have a positive role to play in science education. The research-led discussion will extend to how these should not be used to replace a good quality, hands-on practical. 

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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13:00 - 13:30What the Dubai Inclusion Framework Means in Reality

The Dubai Inclusion Strategy and Framework articulates a clear commitment to creating a fully cohesive and inclusive community with inclusive education at the heart of a forward thinking, positive and effective education system. However, this presents significant challenges for schools as they make the move to becoming truly inclusive that arise not simply from conceptual factors but also the management of structural and systemic aspects of school development and improvement. It falls on SLT and the Inclusion Champion to develop policy and strategy to ensure true inclusive practices that do not just pay lip service to the concept. This workshop gives you the opportunity to explore what inclusion looks like in practice within this context, offering practical strategies to meet the inclusion agenda.

Topic : SEN / Gifted & Talented

Speaker:
  • Dr Anne Raynor | Director of Education Programmes | University of Birmingham

13:30 - 14:00Using great storytelling to deliver admissions success

This talk showcases how Schools who have built vibrant brands can tell great stories to parents, teachers and students which ultimately deliver admission results. We explore the key components of great story telling and how that can be applied to school marketing agendas - ensuring full coverage of the customer journey.

Topic : Curriculum

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14:00 - 14:30STEM integration

The concept of STEM and its history • Its objectives and justifications for its application • 21st century skills and STEM  • Building educational lessons according to STEM • Evaluating STEM activities and developing activities according to STEM .

Strategies upon which STEM depends 1. Problem Based Education 2. Project Based Education 3. Indian Design Based Education 4. Problem Based Learning

Language : Arabic

Topic : STEAM

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14:30 - 15:00Safeguarding and Child Protection Best Practice in an International Context

To ensure every child is protected and free from harm, abuse, neglect or exploitation legislation and policy need to be consistent and representative of practice. Due to the complexities of the law, compliance may be redundant if not fully understood. This poses a risk not only to the child, but to the individual and organisation itself. Legislation and policy however robust need to be active and play an integral part of shaping practice. To ensure compliance The Safeguarding Alliance have established the Safeguarding Standard as a framework to set the benchmark for Safeguarding excellence, allowing an external validation of best practice. Operating a robust Safeguarding framework ensures children are at less risk of significant harm, and organisations less at risk of serious reputational and financial damage. Implementing a Standard in Safeguarding ensures continued adherence to safe practices, which are frequently reviewed in accordance to legislation and policy. 

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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15:00 - 15:30Individualised Learning

Differentiating the teaching and learning process is often a significant challenge for teachers. Many schools include differentiation as part of their strategic goals. So how can schools manage this challenge and facilitate the process? This session will explore an online tool that supports teachers to individualise student learning to meet specific learning needs. It uses a Flipped Learning approach allowing teachers to guide students as they apply concepts and engage in content. Teachers can track individual student progress from their marks book, provide feedback and respond to student questions. Individual learning is visible, allowing teachers to see where each student is in real time. This online tool truly empowers students to take responsibility for their learning and could transform the way you differentiate your teaching.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

Speaker:
  • Kim Edwards | Senior Education Consultant | SEQTA Software

15:30 - 16:00Training and Accreditation in Early Years and Pre-School

By definition, early childhood education refers to the period of time, from when a child is born to age eight. Birth to age three are defined as the most critical time during which a child undergoes the most development. It is a time when children learn to develop their critical, social and emotional skills, while developing their motor capabilities.That type of cognitive and social development during a child’s early years, results in a strong foundation and willingness for a child to learn and flourish, while laying the groundwork for that base to continue developing through a child’s education. The early years have been proven to help shape a child’s life in terms of interacting with others, including peers, teachers and parents, and is an interesting time for children to begin developing interests that will stay with them throughout their lives. 

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Mariam AlHallami | Division Director of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Licensing Division | Department of Education and Knowledge

16:00 - 16:30The Benefits of Coding

Since introducing Coding at the Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys, we have witnessed numerous added benefits for our students. Emma will explain the coding journey the school has undertaken and the fantastic results that have come from this - supporting EAL learners, developing computational thinking skills and encouraging creativity to name just three!

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Emma Hanon | Director of Digital and Innovative Learning | The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys

16:30 - 17:00Gamification in Music Education - Facilitating Learning in the Modern Age

While gamification isn't new, it's significance in education (especially music) cannot be understated. Coupled with modern technology, gamification has many beneficial uses and makes the whole process easier. However, it's not all fun and games for teachers. Many think that any sort of game will work with students, while ignoring the impact on teaching and learning, while others are skeptical of anything that requires students to carry a device into the classroom. So how's a modern day music teacher going to utilize the tools available while keeping music classes fun, entertaining and engaging at the same time? Well, there's no definite answer that will fit all scenarios, but an exploration of the relevant tools will definitely open your minds to some new possibilities!

 

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

Speaker:
  • Aubin Pereira | Faculty Head - Performing Arts | Dubai Scholars Private School

17:00 - 17:30Happy teachers teach happy

A talk to help empower and remind teachers to recognise their value, not suffer and to create a balanced life at work and outside the classroom.

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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10:30 - 11:00Learning Behaviour Modification

How to make a low scoring student to a high scoring one. I would be presenting case studies from our practices. We have proven cases were we helped those students who scored around 20% in the exams to score above 70% within 1 month to 6 months time. The specially developed result-oriented learning enhancement programme is based on various behaviour modification techniques such as metacognition, counselling and cognitive behaviour and emotional therapy.

 

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

Speaker:
  • Susan Koruthu | Director & Principal Practitioner | Sceptre Life Skills & Mind Fitness Centre

11:00 - 11:30Robotics in STEAM for the Middle School

How can we bring the STEAM alive in a relevant and interesting way? The new kit from LEGO Education, Spike, enables students to quickly design and build real world solutions. Design a solution that allows students to build a robot and program it to collect data from a website or can you build a robot arm to pick up objects and move them around. Rob demos how easy it is to use the hardware and program the robot to carry out the commands given to it. Pick up tips on classroom management as well as how to integrate Robotics into the curriculum.

Topic : STEAM

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11:30 - 12:00Learning the Lessons and Developing Excellence in Safeguarding Practice

Mike will be drawing on his experience as a former Child Protection Investigation Officer, Chief Police Officer and highly experienced Chair of School Governors to highlight the key factors that lead to safeguarding failures in organisations and explore the lessons that can be learned. With the use of case studies, he will examine the safeguarding issues that can make or break schools and colleges and the good practice that has emerged as a result of these experiences. Mike will be focusing on specific areas of safeguarding practice that will include recording & case management, information sharing and the critical role of leadership in developing excellence in safeguarding in your organisation.

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Mike Glanville | Director of Safeguarding Services for One Team Logic (the makers of MyConcern) | One Team Logic (MyConcern)

12:00 - 12:30Learning in A Digital Age

Digital content and interactive digital curricula are no more an added value to today's digital native learners/generation; they are essential and fundamental. In this context, Nahdet Misr Publishing House, a leading entity operating in the fields of education, publishing and digital solutions in the Arab world, will discuss the challenges of transforming traditional educational material into engaging digital content aligned with the latest 21st century required skills.

The talk will also highlight the process and digital solutions used in implementing the mega project of “Digitizing pre-university curricula for the Egyptian Ministry of Education” that are available on the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) to empower learners and foster a self-learning culture. 

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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12:30 - 13:00MOE Experience and achievements in ECE

The talk is about the importance of early childhood from the perspective of the Kingdom's 2030 vision ,by analysis of early childhood reality in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. and the steps that were taken to achieve the goals in a short period of time.

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Nada Alismail | General Director of Early Childhood Education | Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia

13:00 - 13:30Comprehensive Career Guidance Program for Schools

A comprehensive career guidance program for Grades 1 to 12, with the purpose of providing students with various exploration and educational experiences. All the activities lead towards career selection and decision making, keeping in mind need of each grade, age and individual requirement of the students. Through collaborative effort by the career team, teachers, parents and community people, the program activities are designed, implemented, administered, followed by evaluation of activities to re-engineer the program annually. The program works around four major component : 1) Input through Curriculum, 2) Individual Planning, 3) Responsive Services and 4) Organizational Support (Gysbers, Stanley, Kosteck-Bunch, Magnuson & Starr 2011.).
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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13:30 - 14:00International school practices: research to identify practices to support wellbeing and pathways to higher education within the world’s international schools

Diane Glass will present the latest findings by ISC Research into two key areas of international school provision: the wellbeing of students and staff, and student pathways from international school to higher education.

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

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14:00 - 14:30Integrating industry collaboration within education through a pioneering careers programme

Under the KHDA Rahhal 10X programme we are pioneering a new concept to integrate industry within education, and the first stage is to provide weekly internship opportunities for Year 12 students. The first organisation to be involved and lead in developing the blueprint is Siemens, which coincides with the GEMS FirstPoint launch as a GEMS Centre of Excellence – Digital Industries. Hear from Balidsh Nijjar the leader overseeing the groundbreaking proposal and integration, the students involved in developing this exciting concept, and the EVP from Siemens. The programme has gained interest from KHDA National Workforce, and established local and global organisations have signed up since to provide opportunities which will prepare the students for the real-world beyond the traditional expectations.

Language : English

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

Speaker:
  • Baldish Nijjar | Head of Centre of Excellence - Digital Industries & Assistant Principal Specialism | GEMS FirstPoint

14:30 - 15:00The Importance of Sport in Education

Physical Education and Sport play a significant role in Education and life beyond the classroom. The sporting platform provides practical opportunities for teachers and coaches to engage with students to develop understanding and life long attitudes toward their health and wellbeing. The sport programme in schools from Early Years to KS3 has a valuable contribution to the holistic development of students. What does this look like and how do we execute with the sports context? 

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

Speaker:
  • Apollo Perelini | High Performance Director for UAE Rugby Federation. Director of Apollo Sporting Academy. | UAE Rugby Federation

15:00 - 15:30Design Principles of Inquiry-based STEAM Education Program

Inquiry-based STEAM learning focuses on practical hands-on experiences and creative ways to solve problems. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate the development of a scientific inquiry-based STEAM education program and design a matrix to evaluate its effectiveness. The workshop proposes a rubric of 21 parameters to evaluate the program based our research and available date. These parameters are categorized into the following. 1. Curriculum relevant 2. Motivation and Satisfaction 3. Process Skills development 4. Logistical feasibility 5. Real life connection and purpose Through my surveys of educators, program analysis, classroom observations, student discussions and teacher conversations, I was able to validate the importance of each of these criteria and come out with a weightage of each criterion.

Topic : Curriculum

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15:30 - 15:45Happiness and Wellbeing Pit stop

It’s all about Happiness and Well-being. In this generation that we live, many of us don't think about how happiness is an important aspect that contributes to our well-being. As a leader of happiness in my school, I would like to centralize that my country is also involved in this and that happiness is working for those in need. As a team, we will aim for our country's well-being! Through GESS, I would like to bring awareness on how important happiness and well-being is, by showing up all the projects my school has done. I believe that if these initiatives can be taken up by the whole country, then there is no doubt that we will reach our goal!

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Lisa Surjit | Student (Happiness Prefect) | New Indian Model School, Dubai

15:45 - 16:00The Well-Being Vision

My presentation will be centered around the initiatives I have established in my school to create an environment that promotes the welfare and happiness of my peers. As the wellbeing perfect and an active member of the student council, I have headed and worked closely with the Department of wellbeing in my school to develop a small initiative to promote wellbeing fundamentally. I plan to discuss these initiatives during my presentation along with my work in integrating sustainability and wellbeing. My objective is to inspire others to implement these helpful tips in varying degrees to suit the needs of their school. I would also like to emphasis self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making to assist one's wellbeing in my presentation.

Topic : Wellbeing

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16:00 - 16:30Experience Program at School

Experience Programs have 3 sub programs: Social Responsibility Program, Experience (internship) Program and Career Observation Program. Social Responsibility Program’s Purpose: Social responsibility projects aim to make students aware of social problems and to take action in the awareness of their responsibility and try to find solutions to these problems. Experience Program’s Purpose: As a result of the competitive environment in the domestic and international business world, technological developments, the rapid renewal of the business world; students attaining their goals without any effort, improving their dexterity, measuring their communication ability, empathy... Observation Program’s Purpose: We aim for our students to have an idea by closely observing the professional groups they may want to choose without getting into university life, to analyze business processes...

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

Speakers:
  • Tuğba Ece | Educational Research and Development Coordinator | NUN IB SCHOOLS
  • Fatih Nida Uye | Founder Representative | NUN Schools

16:30 - 17:00Virtual Leadership in Saudi Education Directorates: A Proposed Model

The study aimed to identify the reality of applying the virtual leadership in the Saudi Education directorates then build a proposed model The quantitative approach was used descriptive surveyor and the qualitative, applied by applying questionnaire &observation. Whereas questionnaire was applied to a sample of 652 supervisors from6 education directorates in:Riyadh, Al-Medina Al-Monawara, Al-Baha, Al-Qassim, Eastern Region & Tabu.While the observation was applied to a sample of 20 virtual meetings which done between male and female departments.The study reached a number of results and build/ adopt a virtual leadership model in education directorates. Based on these findings.

 

Language : Arabic

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Dr. Ibtesam Ali Alturki | School leadership inspector | Unayzah Education Directorate, Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia

17:00 - 17:30How to Be a Financially Empowered Expat Teacher

In this workshop, expat teachers will learn not only how to fulfil their financial goals while working abroad, but understand why it is vital to be financially well. In order to do this, they must determine their financial goals and their timeframe. Then they must make a specific and realistic plan, which includes a budget, to start saving as much as possible each month. I will go through my own top 5 techniques that have motivated me to boost my own savings. Finally, I can talk about factors to consider when financially planning for retirement.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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10:15 - 11:00Safety in Utilizing Social Media and Internet in Educational Institutions

This 45-minutes workshop focuses on the basic knowledge and professional skills that teachers require for adopting safe and pedagogical implantation for social media network (SMN) in educational institutions(EIs). The session introduces planning and implementation stages of SMN. In addition, it highlights best practices for a positive implementation at EIs. The session consists of four themes: 1- SMN as a learning medium 2- Ethical and legal framework for using SMN in the field of education 3- Planning for SMN implantation 4- Measurement of EIs’ readiness for SMN implementation
 
 

Language : Arabic

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Abdullah Almohaya | Chairman of the Department of Educational Technology | Arab bureau of Education for Gulf states

11:00 - 11:30Learning to Code with LEGO Throughout the School

Coding for some of us can be a daunting task but delivering a strong hands-on approach for this subject gives students a greater chance to develop into confident and competent coders. In this presentation Rob will take you through a journey of using LEGO to teach coding, robotics and those important 21st century skills starting in Kindergarten through to the end of Secondary.

Topic : STEAM

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11:30 - 12:00Global virtual school - Education for everyone

In this keynote I want to share our project where we try to solve some of the most difficult global challenges in education with the best Finnish Universities, UNESCO and Microsoft. How to train millions of new teachers and give the opportunity to learn for everyone. First phase of this project is bringing Finnish teacher education to the cloud. The second phase is building a global virtual school to bring education to everyone. Right now in the first phase we are bringing Finnish teacher education to the cloud in collaboration with Finnish Universities. We believe that teachers not only help shape the future of millions of children; but also help shaping a better world for all. We will share concrete examples of how high-quality teacher training can be scaled to millions all around the world. We are now inviting new global partners to be part of globally scalable teacher training program and creating a global virtual school for everyone.

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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12:00 - 12:30Blended Learning for Emirati Students

Blended learning is a formal learning program that combines classroom learning with a teacher and online learning. In this program, the student receives the science partly online as well as in class with the teacher. In this way, the student controls the learning time, place, path and pace of progress more than traditional learning programs. Advocates of this approach have two advantages that activate learning: the ability to collect data on student learning and to customize instructional materials and exams to suit students' learning styles.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

Speaker:
  • Huda Alshamsi | Programme Coordinator for Arabic and Emirati Studies | Higher Colleges of Technology

13:00 - 13:30Design thinking for innovative classes

The design thinking methodology as developed and tested by Stanford but with classroom application as well as for personal and professional development of the instructors. It will discuss essential skills for a 21st century educator and will debate the challenges we face.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

Speaker:
  • Dr Alexandrina Maria Pauceanu | Curriculum chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship program and assistant professor | Higher Colleges of Technology

13:30 - 14:00UAE-Based School Improvement Projects: Lessons Learnt

This workshop is primarily for those who are ready to embrace change and lead the process at school level. It offers a critical analysis of previous school improvement projects in the UAE. Also, it introduces the Choice map™ and several hands-on tools that have the potential to motivate and engage teachers and students while helping them grow and facilitate change. References will be made to the UAE School Inspection framework and Vision 2021, too.

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

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14:00 - 14:30Safeguarding in the Digital Age

JESS Dubai was recently awarded outstanding by the Safeguarding Alliance. This presentation will outline many of the strategies, tools and curriculum initiatives JESS Dubai have in place in order to enhance learning while achieving the highest levels of safeguarding students as they navigate the digital world.

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Ciarán Kelly | Head of Digital Innovation and Development | Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai

14:30 - 15:00Well-Being for teachers – supporting ourselves

The Super Generation supports forward-thinking schools with educational well-being programmes to empower students to develop their social and emotional intelligence. As experienced educators we understand the correlation between student well-being and academic achievement.
Some teachers are often exhausted after a day teaching or find that they are feeling more stressed in general. There is a clear connection between teachers’ own sense of well-being and their teaching practice. This presentation looks at three key areas of personal well-being and performance specifically for teachers: Self-management, self-motivation and mindfulness.

Topic : Learning Environment

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15:00 - 15:30Tools for building and measuring successful global citizens

The speeds at which globalisation and technological development are occurring have never been faster, and they are accelerating The challenge for schools is to build environments that prepare students for the challenges and opportunities they will face in what the OECD has described as an “uncertain” future. Students always will need to acquire knowledge (maths, languages, science, and so on). But, now, other skills are as important. The future of work will require of successful students skills in flexible thinking, in innovation and creation, in communication and collaboration, problem solving, and in cultural awareness. Successful students will need also optimism, humility, gratitude, integrity, and tenacity. We describe tools that allow schools to measure and report on the development of those behaviours and traits in the same way scores in maths and language and science are reported now. Importantly, reports allow schools to develop learning plans tailored to their students.

Topic : STEAM

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15:30 - 16:00Unlock your life to your students - Teacher Voice

Mark Ryan will highlight the keys to success with personal story telling in the classroom. He will present a range of strategies educators can use to help build positive connections and relationships with their students. Come and unlock the power of your personal stories for your students. 

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

Speaker:
  • Mark Ryan | Head of Specialists | Raha International School

16:00 - 16:30Self-Care and Stress Relief

This presentation will provide teachers with actionable steps to manage stress and practice self-care throughout their careers abroad.
 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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