Neuroscience & Wellbeing

Neuroscience & Wellbeing

10:30 - 11:00Mindfulness: Personal Practice to Pedagogy

“An education without educating the heart, is no education at all”. (Aristotle) This experiential-based workshop is an introductory inquiry into the practice of mindfulness, and what it means to develop a mindful presence. Participants will be equipped with an understanding and skillset to develop a personal practice; with an ultimate goal of sharing a heightened capacity for presence, openness and alertness with students in classrooms and school communities at large. Practicing mindfulness, teaching mindfully, and teaching it to our students is a segue to educating the heart.

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Elissa Ballard | Grade 5 Teacher & Minfulness Leader | GEMS American Academy

11:00 - 11:30Vocational Training and Inclusive Employment

The prerequisite skills for employment are developed through appropriate vocational training. Thus, the training should address all the necessary areas of personal and professional development to maximize the abilities of each individual. Adequate training significantly increases the chances of employment of people of determination and equips them with tools to retain the gained employment opportunity. Successful employment process is not only dependent on the functional capacities of the person of determination, but also on the responses of the environment. Therefore, both the person of determination and the employer need to be appropriately supported throughout the process. Manzil is a pioneering organization in the UAE in the field of inclusive employment and will share the experience and best practices through this presentation

Language : English

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

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11:30 - 12:00Nurturing Empathy and Emotional Self Awareness in Children

This is a pp based workshop and practical hands on interactive talk session on Nurturing Empathy and self awareness in Children, based on inculcating Mindfulness from the early years to develop a successful well rounded global citizens.

Language : English

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

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12:00 - 12:30 Build Better Brains

The purpose of education and why we send our children to school is a conversation that needs to be held in public domain and GESS provides the right platform in this direction. Learning starts from what we already know and work towards where we want to be. How as educators are we capitalising on the Brain Research, Neuroscience, development of right and left brain, principles of visible learning? Why is it important for teachers to understand the starting points of each child to be able to design pathways of learning, expose students to new knowledge, engage students in problem solving, explore new horizons and confront misunderstandings? Poonam Heryani's talk will explore some of the crucial points every educator needs to delve into.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

Speaker:
  • Poonam Heryani | Head of Teacher Training & Education | TAITO Education

12:30 - 13:00Positive Education: Empowering Students and Teachers to Flourish

The provision of treatment to young people with mental disorders poses a great economic burden on society. Recognizing these issues, a number of researchers have contended that it is better to promote the development of resilient functioning as early as possible in the course of development than to implement intervention strategies. Our research describes and reflects on a wellbeing and mental toughness programme concerned developing personal ‘mental toughness traits’ and wellbeing in young people. The term ‘mental toughness’ does not have a clear definition in education; We explore the meaning of this term, as well as reflecting on the importance of embedding wellbeing in education through the application of positive psychology domains.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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13:00 - 13:30Is it Your Eye or Your Brain?

The presentation is about Irlen Syndrome. Which is is a visual perceptual problem that can affect children and adults of all ages. It causes: reading & learning difficulties, dyslexia, light sensitivity, and much more. . It can lead to weak comprehension attention and concentration fatigue or tiredness, and underachievement and low performance, etc.. The population affected have ADHD, Dyslexia, and even Talented individuals. The treatment is applying Irlen Method which includes Irlen lenses or overlays.

Language : Arabic

Topic : Neuroscience

Speaker:
  • Mona Kazim | Owner & Learning Difficulties Consultant | Alef Centre

13:30 - 14:00Challenging Behaviours in Kids - What Teachers and Parents Ought to Do?

How to spot the early signs of problem behaviours. The talks will highlight my personal experience with students and young adults who has behavioural issues or personality disorders. A special emphasis is given to OCD, Bipolar - cyclothymic disorder , Narcissistic and neurotic personality. Understanding classroom and home behaviours to spot early signs. Appropriate intervention methods and therapeutic approaches.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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

14:00 - 14:30Using the Science of Behavior to Help All Students Succeed

This presentation will focus on evidence-based strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to decrease problem behavior and improve student performance in a wide variety of school settings. Although the principles of ABA are widely known to be effective in autism treatment, most schools underutilize this “Science of Learning.” A significant body of research shows that classroom and school-wide programs based on ABA have made significant improvements in student behavior and academic performance. This presentation will provide relevant examples and practical recommendations to help school administrators put the technology of behavior to work in their schools.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

Speaker:
  • Paul Stephany | Program Director, Applied Behavior Specialists | Fundacja Krok po Kroku - The Step by Step Foundation

14:30 - 15:00The Effectiveness of Self-Study using iPad in Developing Pronouncing Skills for Special Needs Elementary school Children

The main goal of this study is to detect the effectiveness of self-education using iPad. In Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia iPad was used to enhance the language skills for third grade students with intellectual disability. In order to achieve this goal, the researcher divided the students into two groups, which are consisted of 10 students. One group was given iPad for the study, and the second group were given traditional study. During the study, of course, we made sure that the 10 students were interacted.

Language : Arabic

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Khulud Alyami | Elementary School Teacher for Disability | Ministry of Education

15:00 - 15:30Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the School

The talk will provide a general overview of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how it's application in the school environment can be helpful in assisting with inclusion efforts.

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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15:30 - 16:00A Well-Being Journey

Ashley will share the process of well-being at JESS so far, using this journey to highlight practical ideas for introducing gratitude, mindfulness and character strengths into your school. She will discuss the idea of mindful strengths, a positive psychology concept, sharing resources that you can use in your classroom.

Language : English

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

Speaker:
  • Ashley Green | Year 1 teacher & Well being Coordinator | JESS Jumeirah School

16:00 - 16:30Detention Out- Mindful Meditation In

Imagine you're working at a school and one of the kids is starting to act up. What do you do? Traditionally, the answer would be to give the unruly kid detention or suspension. But in my memory, detention tended to involve staring at walls, bored out of my mind, trying to either surreptitiously talk to the kids around me without getting caught or trying to read a book. If it was designed to make me think about my actions, it didn't really work. It just made everything feel stupid and unfair. Instead of punishing disruptive kids or sending them to the principal's office, schools should create a Mindful Moment Room instead. The room looks nothing like your standard windowless detention room. Instead, it should be filled with lamps, decorations, and plush pillows. Misbehaving kids are encouraged to sit in the room and go through practices like breathing or meditation, helping them calm down and re-center. They should also be asked to talk through what happened.

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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16:30 - 17:00The Impact of an Educational Program Based on the Components of Emotional Intelligence in Developing the Skills of the 21st Century

The application of a research experience to an educational program in the skills of emotional intelligence helps students in schools to develop thinking skills in the twenty-first century, where studies have shown the correlation of mental abilities with emotional skills, and the success of the school depends on a large number of factors, the most important emotional factors that are the basis for each Learning Forms. The power of emotions is the extent of their influence on the process of thinking, for example anxiety paralyzes the process of thinking especially in front of complex tasks; On the other hand, the student who recognizes his emotions used as an incentive for academic preparation and success. Emotional skills are the key to enhancing students' abilities towards scientific thinking; they make them more capable of solving problems in the real world

Language : Arabic

Topic : Neuroscience

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10:30 - 11:15How To Make A Great School

Educational researchers, neuroscientists and psychologists have discovered what works and what doesn’t work as we strive to improve our schools. Find out how to ensure your school is the best it can be. Should you pay the best teachers more? Copy other countries? Reduce class sizes? David will share the conclusions of key researchers and some may surprise you.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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11:30 - 12:15The Learning MAP

David will share the latest on his ground-breaking model of how we really learn which has helped students and teachers across the world improve their performance across all subjects. The session is packed with examples, games, experiments and new ideas you can use immediately with your learners.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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12:30 - 13:15Brain Friendly Revision For Exam Success

David will reveal ways we can all improve our memory and perform better in tests and examinations. Neuroscientists are discovering more about how we think, forget, motivate ourselves, become bored and why we perform well or badly in tasks. We can use these insights to help children achieve their full potential.   

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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13:15 - 14:00Strategies to Integrate Positive Education Within the Primary School Setting

Discussion of different approaches to embedding a Positive School structure, inclusive of character strengths, mindfulness values of the month, student leadership, and overall student well-being.

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Rola Ghadban | Mindfulness & Well being Coordinator | Greenfield Community School

14:00 - 14:45Building Resilient Children

Are children becoming less resilient? As the pressure to succeed academically increases across the world; stress related  illnesses appear to be on the increase in children. David will examine the research and suggest practical ways we can help all children thrive by understanding the impact of six key hormones during adolescence. The approaches suggested are just as relevant to teachers, parents and school leaders as they are to children.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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15:00 - 15:45Brain Plasticity And Growth Mindset For Classroom Well-Being

David will provide practical ideas for teachers to ensure they can apply the latest research in their classrooms to make a positive impact on student well-being and academic success. A series of practical strategies will be described that help children build enduring strength for adulthood.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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16:00 - 16:45Personalities In The Classroom

The personality differences of teachers and children have a huge impact on classroom dynamics and student performance. Although difficult to isolate and measure they are too important to ignore. David will introduce ten key personality characteristics and share ways we can learn to develop all of these as skills.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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10:30 - 11:00How To Make A Great School

Educational researchers, neuroscientists and psychologists have discovered what works and what doesn’t work as we strive to improve our schools. Find out how to ensure your school is the best it can be. Should you pay the best teachers more? Copy other countries? Reduce class sizes? David will share the conclusions of key researchers and some may surprise you.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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11:20 - 12:00The Learning MAP

David will share the latest on his ground-breaking model of how we really learn which has helped students and teachers across the world improve their performance across all subjects. The session is packed with examples, games, experiments and new ideas you can use immediately with your learners.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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12:10 - 12:50Brain Friendly Revision For Exam Success

David will reveal ways we can all improve our memory and perform better in tests and examinations. Neuroscientists are discovering more about how we think, forget, motivate ourselves, become bored and why we perform well or badly in tasks. We can use these insights to help children achieve their full potential.   

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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12:50 - 13:00The Future of Learning

  • Rahhal Project - An initiative of the KHDA in line with 10X Dubai.
  • The idea behind Rahhal - The world is a classroom, and all learning is recognized.
  • Rahhal – Sports@I.H.S – a platform where students are encouraged to be different and courageous enough to make unordinary career choices
  • The initiative helps students to undertake specialized coaching in their preferred area of sports, while remaining “absent” from school
  • It is an outstanding effort taken by the Dubai government to encourage alternate pathways to learning and development

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

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13:30 - 14:15Building Resilient Children

Are children becoming less resilient? As the pressure to succeed academically increases across the world; stress related  illnesses appear to be on the increase in children. David will examine the research and suggest practical ways we can help all children thrive by understanding the impact of six key hormones during adolescence. The approaches suggested are just as relevant to teachers, parents and school leaders as they are to children.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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14:30 - 15:10Brain Plasticity And Growth Mindset For Classroom Well-Being

David will provide practical ideas for teachers to ensure they can apply the latest research in their classrooms to make a positive impact on student well-being and academic success. A series of practical strategies will be described that help children build enduring strength for adulthood.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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15:20 - 16:00Personalities In The Classroom

The personality differences of teachers and children have a huge impact on classroom dynamics and student performance. Although difficult to isolate and measure they are too important to ignore. David will introduce ten key personality characteristics and share ways we can learn to develop all of these as skills.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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