Tag archives for May 2014

Apple Distinguished Educators TeachMeet – DEEP Learning – Going 1:1, Saturday 17th May 2014, NIST

Apple Distinguished Educators TeachMeet – DEEP Learning – Going 1:1

The Bangkok group of Apple Distinguished Educators are organising a TeachMeet on Saturday 17th May at NIST:

“Going 1:1”, hosted by NIST, is a one-day professional development conference that will focus on providing tools and resources for teachers in 1:1 classrooms, or schools thinking about adopting a 1:1 program.

The symposium will center on the application of iPads, MacBooks, and Google Apps for use in any classroom. Teachers will discover practical ideas for maximizing the efficiency of technology in their lessons.

The goal of the conference is to create a sustainable community network of passionate, technology-focused educators.

There will be 20 minutes presentations by a variety of speakers, including Tom Foster, on the use of technology in the classroom.

This is a link to the website which will give you more details and there is also a link to sign up if you want to come.

This is a great opportunity to see some technology in action and also to build some links between like minded schools and individuals.

If you have any questions please let me know. Finally, if you would be interested in presenting about your use of iPads, Google Drive or other technology please let Tom Foster know and he will put you in contact with the event organisers.

Here is a brief summary of some of the presentations on offer:

Get Going with Google – simple introduction into Google Drive use in the classroom
iWorks Vs Google Drive – what to use when
Blogging with iPads and Google
SAMR model and classroom transformation
Digital Literacy and Citizenship
Differentiating via an Online course
Data logging and Vernier science probes
Backchanneling in Classroom Discussions – Using Todays Meet with students
For the Thai Department: ประภัสสร เกตุจันทร์ (Kru Koong)
– ประภัสสร เกตุจันทร์ (กุ้ง)- โรงเรียนนานาชาติไทย-จีน- สอนระดับชั้นมัธยมต้น Middle School – ปริญญาโทการสอนภาษาไทยในฐานะภาษาต่างแชประเทศ มศว.ประสานมิตร
Learning through Tinkering – powerful tools that engage students deeply in learning

There are some excellent things happening with technology in many of the International Schools in Bangkok. This day will be an opportunity to build relationships, find out about how technology is used in some inspirational classrooms ad also to try some things out. The day is only 1000 baht to cover food costs with the opportunity to hear up to 6 different speakers. It would be great to se many of you there.

Implementing Socratic Seminars in the Classroom, KSI, May 9-10, 2014, Marriott, Sukhumwit Park, Bangkok

Implementing Socratic Seminars in the Classroom

Target Audience: Teachers
Course Leader: John Zola
Date: May 9-10, 2014
Time: 8.30 – 16.00
Venue: Marriott Sukhumvit Park, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Bangkok, Thailand

Socratic seminars are teacher-led classroom discussions that promote higher level thinking, more careful reading of texts, and increased skills of classroom and civil discussion.

After the completion of this two day workshop, participants can begin to conduct seminars in their own classrooms.

Workshop Facilitator

John Zola spent over three decades as a high school and middle school social studies teacher, most recently at New Vista High School, a “break the mold” experimental public high school in Boulder, Colorado where he was part of the core design team. Throughout his career, John developed interactive teaching materials and conducted professional development workshops in active learning strategies and Socratic seminars.

His workshops help teachers make the voice and work of students central in the classroom. Many of these workshops were presented in countries of the former Soviet Union where they helped to promote the skills and dispositions needed in the new democracies. John currently conducts professional development workshops on civic education, Socratic seminars, and student-centered teaching strategies in a variety of locations around the United States, Central Europe, and Asia.

Workshop Description
Socratic seminar training workshops are, by their very nature, highly participatory and interactive. Each day begins with a seminar in which all participate. The texts for these adult seminars are drawn from literature, art, history,mathematics, science or other disciplines. By participating in actual seminars, participants are able to experience what their students might experience and learn the process by doing.

The other hallmark of seminar trainings is the repetition of micro-seminars in the afternoons. These are seminars on smaller texts that are conducted by the participants in small groups. Conducted in a “jigsaw” manner, each person leads a seminar after having time to prepare to do so with fellow participants. The “hands and minds on” aspect of this is extremely powerful as participants do the actual work of preparing for and leading seminars.

The remaining elements of a seminar training make participant and leading behaviors explicit, identify the elements of good seminar texts, explore issues related to assessment of seminars, and support the best ways to implement seminars in the participants’ home setting.

Suitable for…
Socratic Seminars can be applied to students of Grades 1-12 in general and most any content area, although Seminars are most effective in TOK, literature, social studies, history, and other humanities courses. They have also proven to be a valuable teaching approach in math and science classes, but are more difficult to implement in these settings. Participants MUST be sufficiently fluent in English to discuss longer and somewhat complex texts.

Course Objectives
By the end of this workshop participants will be able to…
1.Conduct effective and authentic Socratic seminar discussions in classrooms
2.Conduct micro-Socratic seminars as a way of learning leading skills
3.Describe the specific elements of a Socratic seminar and how each contributes to the overall learning goals of seminars
4.List aspects of effective participation and leadership in Socratic seminars
5.Engage in the process of Socratic questioning and compare it with other forms of classroom questioning
6.Discuss issues related to the assessment of Socratic seminars
7.Identify characteristics of high quality texts for use in Socratic seminars that align with curriculum expectations and learning goals
8.Work with students to build a culture of Socratic seminars in the classroom such that both teacher and student skills improve and become more sophisticated over time
9.Improve skills related to conducting any type of classroom discussion and to more significantly value student voice in the classroom

Workshop Fee (per participant)
Baht 17,500
The workshop fee is inclusive of certificate, materials, lunch and coffee breaks.

To Register
Step 1: Fill out the Workshop Reservation Form (See Link Below)
Step 2: Our office will send you/your coordinating staff the invoice upon receipt of the form.
Step 3: You/your coordinating staff will submit the Payment Completion Form

School-Group Participation
If you wish to enroll a group of 5 or more teachers from your school, contact Mr. Navin Pawa with your request as per the contact information below.

Contact Information
Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
E-mail: ksithailand@gmail.com
Phone (Thailand): 081 701 6843; 081 846 5770 (replace ‘0’ with ’66’ for international calls)

Weblink and Registration

Implementing Socratic Seminars in the Classroom

What improves teaching and learning in Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) – Secondary Focus, May 16th 2014, Patana

What Improves Teaching and Learning in PSHE? SECONDARY FOCUS

Venue : Bangkok Patana School

Friday 16th May 2014

09:00 – 16:00

Cost : 6,000 Baht

A detailed map is available here

Stephen De Silva:
an experienced professional with 35 years’ service in education and health sectors
delivers programmes across the UK and in SE Asia, Europe, North America and Bermuda
recognised for excellent facilitation skills and public speaking


There is a clear research overview for PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). It consistently points to key features that make teaching and learning more enjoyable and effective for both teachers and students. Today’s course focuses on those main features by experiencing how they might work in the PSHE classroom.

Session 1
“Where are we now?” – The context for PSHE – evidence for best practice
“Start from where young people are” – Assessment for learning

Session 2
“But I’m not trained in PSHE” – Facilitating active learning
“Looking after ourselves” – A safe learning environment

Session 3
“Avoiding the lumps” – A planned spiral programme
“Making links” – PSHE and the wider school community

Session 4
“Information, Education, Control, Fear – What works best?” – Using a positive approach
“And so…..” –Assessment, Review and Reflection

Schedule for the event:
08:30 Registration
09:00 Start
16:00 End of day

PHSE Flyer_May_2014

Please register for this event using the following link: http://www.patana.ac.th/Gateway/Forms/Sign_Up.asp?ID=41

Admissions, Marketing & Communications FOBISIA JAWS May 30-31, 2014 Beijing


Dear Colleagues

Please check above for the flyer regarding a Job Alike Workshop with a focus on Admissions, Marketing and Communications professionals.

The Job Alike Workshop was created as a format to allow groups of like-minded professionals to create opportunities for CPD that relies on the skills and knowledge of the delegates themselves rather than relying on expensive key-note speakers.

Date: May 30 – 31, 2014

Venue: Dulwich College Beijing, China

Cost: RMB 300 (to cover transportation and catering – optional group dinner on Friday night additional RMB 100)

RSVP to Kasia Baran at kasia.baran@dulwich-beijing.cn

Developing Confident Talking in Early Years, 12th-13th May, Kuala Lumpur

Developing Confident Talking in Early Years
Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia:
May 12 – 13, 2014

Target Audience
Staff in Nursery, Preschool and Early Elementary Schools

Course Leader
Michael Jones

8.30 – 15.30

Course Description
Many children are confident talkers at home, but may need extra support to join in with groups in school. These children may be ‘reluctant talkers’ due to shyness, high sensitivity, introversion or in some extreme cases, selective mutism. Children learning a second language or with additional learning needs also need support to fully participate in groups, to develop friendships, and to promote optimum learning.

This course explores reasons for children becoming ‘reluctant talkers’ in early years settings, and looks at practical strategies and activities that will benefit all young children’s language development and learning.

This course includes lectures with audio visual presentation, discussions and practical workshops.

Course Leader

Michael Jones has over 30 years’ experience as a Speech and Language Therapist, teacher, and trainer. Michael has taken part in action research involving practical methods to support children’s language development, and has written extensively on the subject, including articles for magazines and academic journals.

Michael leads practical training across the UK and abroad. He led two successful speaking tours of Thailand in 2006 and 2007, including for staff in international schools and kindergartens, and talks for parents, student teachers and medical students. He led highly successful training for Knowledge Source Institute in Bangkok in 2013 (workshop feedback).

Michael has a particular interest in supporting children who are quiet and anxious in school.
Michael’s books: Let’s Get Talking! Supporting Quiet Children and Let’s Talk About Maths! are
published by Lawrence Educational. For more information about these, and other aspects of
Michael’s work, visit www.talk4meaning.co.uk

Course Goals
At the end of the course, participants will have increased understanding of:

• Why children are quiet in early years settings
• Practical strategies and activities for helping them enjoy participating and ‘finding their voice’ in groups
• Practical strategies for working with the parents of ‘reluctant talkers’
• Activities to support all children’s language and social development, including:
– Bringing storytime to life
– Linking small world play and mark making
– Helping children talk with each other
– Sharing books with children to maximise children’s involvement and language

Course Synopsis
Day #1:
Exploring shyness, high sensitivity, introversion and selective mutism in children and how this influences their social skills and language development. Helping children during the ‘silent phase’ of learning an additional language. Practical strategies to build children’s confidence as talkers in groups. Strategies for linking home and your setting, to increase children’s confidence as talkers when away from home.

Day #2:
Practical activities to support all children’s social skills and language, with particular reference to how adults organise and lead groups. Practical and fun activities to increase children’s participation at storytime and other adult led activities. Activities to support children to talk with each other. Practical activities linking language, mark making and small world play.

Workshop Fee
Course fee: USD 590 per participant
Early Bird: USD 545 per participant if you send in your reservation form before March 7, 2014
Reduced Fee: For every 4 participants applying together from a school, the 5th participant is free.
The course fee is inclusive of certificate, materials, coffee breaks and lunch.

To Register
Step 1: Fill out the Workshop Reservation Form (link). The final date for sending in this form is
April 4, 2014
Step 2: Our office will send you/your coordinating staff the invoice upon receipt of the form.
Step 3: You/your coordinating staff will submit the Payment Completion Form

Contact Information
Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
E-mail: ksithailand@gmail.com
Phone (Thailand): 66 81 701 6843; 66 81 846 5770

Developing Confident Talking in Early Years October 2013 Bangkok, Thailand

“Michael is very knowledgeable which is clear in his approach.”
Donna Rao
Bromsgrove International School Thailand

“Michael is an engaging speaker and has wonderful knowledge of his area of expertise. Fantastic day!”
Tracy Greening
St. Andrew’s International School Thailand

“Really enjoyed it and benefitted from all the ideas.”
Yasmin Vasi
German European School

Developing Confident Talking in Early Years


Understanding Learners and Learning, 10th-13th May 2014, Patana (Bath University)

Understanding Learners and Learning

The University of Bath, UK & Bangkok Patana School
Bangkok Study Centre
Saturday 10 – Tuesday 13 May 2014

The University of Bath, UK, in conjunction with Bangkok Patana School, offers an opportunity for qualified educators to participate in the University’s MA in Education programmes. The full MA programme comprises five taught units and a dissertation. Each taught unit is followed by individual research and the submission of a 5000 word written assignment.

The unit to be taught at BPS will be Understanding Learners and Learning. The unit, which is relevant to teachers of all age ranges, will address a number of issues, including the following:
 different perspectives on learning
 ways in which we learn and how learning can be supported
 the major families of learning theories – their development and use
 how approaches to teaching and instruction can be influenced by tacit and explicit learning theories
 how insights from neuroscience can impact on classroom learning
 how knowledge gained about learning and learners can be applied in practical educational and training contexts

Participants may use the Masters level credits gained by successful completion of this unit towards the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificates (previously known as IB Teacher Awards Levels 1 and 2).
See: http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/international-baccalaureate/

The unit sessions will take place at Bangkok Patana School (http://www.patana.ac.th/contact.asp) as follows:
Saturday 10 May 2014: 0900-1200/1300-1600
Sunday 11 May 2014: 0900-1200/1300-1600
Monday 12 May 2014: 0900-1200/1300-1600
Tuesday 13 May 2014: 0900-1200/1300-1600

The fee for this 12 credit unit will be £850, payable in pounds sterling in advance. You may pay using avariety of methods.
An administrative charge of 2500 Thai Baht will also be levied locally to cover tutor costs, refreshments and
other relevant costs, and this should be paid direct to the school.

Please contact Jackie Houghton, the BPS Study Centre Co-ordinator (JAHO@patana.ac.th), for local information.

Important Reminder:
Please note that if a viable group size has not been reached once the deadline for applications has passed (Wednesday 16 April 2014) the unit may be cancelled or postponed. Please do not make any travel or accommodation arrangements until you receive confirmation that the unit is definitely going ahead.