OVERVIEW:
Throughout this online workshop, participants will have an opportunity to experience the planning process of Anne van Dam and her colleagues at an inquiry based school in The Netherlands. Early childhood classrooms benefit from high levels of intentionality where educators plan for every child’s interest, strengths and needs as well as planning for the group. What thinking lies behind the decisions that these educators make and what underpinning values guides their thinking? Join Anne as she explains weekly how the learning precedes and shows you the tools to observe, document and interpret learning.
AGENDA:
Session 1 - 2 hours
Frankfurt 8:00 am | Dubai 11:00 am | India 12.30 pm | Hong Kong 3:00 pm | Melbourne 6:00 pm
  • The school’s early childhood philosophy
  • The school’s history and current identity
  • The group’s identity and research projects
  • The week ahead
Session 2 - 2 hours
Frankfurt 8:00 am | Dubai 11:00 am | India 12.30 pm | Hong Kong 3:00 pm | Melbourne 6:00 pm
  • Documentation of the learning that occurred during the week
  • Noticing children’s meaning making processes
  • Reflections of the learning
  • Next week’s planning based on children’s interest, ideas and theories
Session 3 - 2 hours
Frankfurt 8:00 am | Dubai 11:00 am | India 12.30 pm | Hong Kong 3:00 pm | Melbourne 6:00 pm
  • Documentation of the learning that occurred during the week
  • Documenting and interpreting learning
  • Reflections of the learning
  • Next week’s planning based on children’s interest, ideas and theories
  • The use of symbolic languages to support learning
Session 4 - 2 hours
Frankfurt 8:00 am | Dubai 11:00 am | India 12.30 pm | Hong Kong 3:00 pm | Melbourne 6:00 pm
  • Documentation of the learning that occurred during the week
  • Reflections of the learning
  • Next week’s planning based on children’s interest, ideas and theories
  • Action and reflection
WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:
  • Understand the importance of observation and documentation in the planning process
  • Consider ways to plan in response to young children’s thinking
  • Deepen understanding of learner agency and how it impacts young children’s learning, identity and well being
A detailed booklet of Resource Material to accompany the workshop will be shared with participants
POTENTIAL AUDIENCE:
This workshop is best suited for teachers who work in the early years and/or school leaders who would like to deepen their understanding of the planning process in the early years and how this impacts on the way to set up and maintain responsive learning spaces.
 
ANNE VAN DAM
Child centred learning has been Anne's passion for more than 25 years. Anne has worked in schools in the Netherlands, China, Singapore and Switzerland, where she took on various positions such as team leader, PYP coordinator and director. Anne used to work at the Canadian International School (Singapore) where she was part of the team that took the school to IB authorisation Anne has been an IB workshop leader since 2005, sharing her passion for young children and playing with educators in international schools.

Anne joined Eton House International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centred on young children's competencies in making meaning and building relationships. At Eton House, she first combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, Anne became the Director of this school.

In August 2011, Anne moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern(ISZL). At ISZL, she supported the development of a new vision for learning and teaching in the early years. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning spaces (both inside and outside) and on making learning visible to others.

Anne moved back to the Netherlands in 2015. This has given her the opportunity to collaborate for two years with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. She has been working on the IB PYP review focusing on learner agency, early years, inquiry and several aspects of 'the learning community'. Anne still works for the IB workshop leader and collaborates with international schools as an independent educational consultant. Since May 2019, Anne also works alongside 4 and 5 year olds at an inner city, candidate PYP school in her home town The Hague.
 
Dates and Timings:

9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th January 2021
Frankfurt 8:00 am | Dubai 11:00 am | India 12.30 pm | Hong Kong 3:00 pm | Melbourne 6:00 pm
INVESTMENT
 
USD 400 Per Participant
USD 350 Per Participant for a Group of 6
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 8 Professional Development hours.
 
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