Teaching for Resonance & Creative Connections
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Teaching for Resonance & Creative Connections


Workshop Description

Teachers teach from who we are. In essence, our beliefs, values and even our thinking and behavioural preferences all shape the way we teach and engage our learners.

In Teaching for Resonance & Creative Connections, we acknowledge that at the heart of all the roles we play, it is our care and attention towards our students that inspire them to be their best. Yet, teaching is more than a job. It is a work of the heart, hands and mind, driven by the conviction to lead, care and inspire. And while teachers must continually keep up with the changing opportunities and demands created by new technologies, these adjustments are not always easy nor comfortable.

This workshop is intentionally designed to be highly experiential and reflexive. Participants will first experience what resonates with us and how we discover creative ways to connect with our students, colleagues and more importantly, our kind selves. Teachers' professional learning is as much a matter of enculturation into a school's ways of thinking and dispositions, it is inevitably also a result of our explicit instruction in unpacking and teaching of concepts, skills, and learning activities.

We further 'indulge' with playful learning through the strategies in Creative Connections. Why Creative Connections? Because when students connect meaningfully to what they learn and appreciate the relevance of learning, they will take ownership of their own learning. We first play with Connecting with Sense, get ready to connect with our senses as practical guides to inspire new perspectives and making insights explicit. We will discover with James Gilmore's Six Looking Lens by a practical guide to improve our observational skills and invite you to 'hear differently'. You will be fascinated with the different styles of listening and responding and we will share with you our very own Feedforward Assessment Toolkit which students themselves learn to critique, brainstorm, review and listen more actively to each other.

Finally, for Connecting for Meaning Making, we will design learning activities and discover student-centred strategies by adopting Daniel Pink's Whole New Mind (2006) paradigm. The overarching goal of this workshop seeks to foster the big concepts of 21st Century learning outcomes of Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning. While the design of the workshop is based on a literature review that John has taught in NIE for the Master level module Teacher Knowledge, Learning and Development, as well as his research on Lesson Study Learning Communities published in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. This workshop will definitely not be theoretical but 100% relevant and applicable.

Get ready to learn, apply and practise the various meaning-making activities. More importantly, be ready to and discover new creative conceptions that inspire, resonate and connect!

About the Presenter: Mr John Yeo


John Yeo photoJohn Yeo is currently an educational consultant with Principals Academy. Formerly the Deputy Principal of Singapore Institute of Management International Academy, he crafted and spearheaded signature programs such as STEM (i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Enterprise Education. John was the first Asian recipient of the Ruth B. Noller Research Grant Award for his research on Problem Finding in Creative Inquiry in 2017. This annual award by the U.S. Creative Education Foundation supports emerging, paradigm-shifting research with high potential for impact in the field of creativity.

He previously held the position of Assistant Head for Professional Development in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group in National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He taught the Masters level modules as well as Management and Leadership Studies program in NIE specializing in areas such as creative and critical thinking, problem finding, curriculum design, teachers' professional learning, as well as authentic assessment. He has written and co-edited books such as Mastering the Art of Authentic Assessment, Sustainable School Reform through Lesson Study for Learning Community and other publications.

He was on the Ministry of Education's (MOE HQ) Critical and Inventive Thinking Taskforce that proposed new curriculum directions and implementation road map for all Singapore schools. He was also the lead curriculum consultant for the national review of MOE's Innovation Program under the Gifted Education Branch. Deeply passionate about curriculum reform, John engages leaders with dialogue on educational issues such as development of curriculum policies and designing for 21st century learning.




Registration Details

Presenter: Mr John Yeo

Dates: Mon 31 May 2021 and Tue 1 June 2021

Mode of Delivery: via Zoom

Time: 9 am to 1 pm Singapore Time GMT+8

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Closing date: 9 April 2021 Friday

Workshop Fee: S$150.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$130.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST.

The fee includes Teaching for Resonance & Creative Connections Playbook and Toolkit

Other Information: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.

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