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We are here: Compassion, Creativity, Change.  

Let’s come together as a community of educators to reflect, grow and connect, empowering each other to create change agents for tomorrow.  What does it mean to be compassionate? What does it mean to be innovative? What does it mean to teach? To learn? To care?

We can’t wait to host you at GSIS for the Korea Council of Overseas Schools International Educators’ Conference 2018 (#KORCOSIEC18).  We are excited to make connections with the vision to create a better tomorrow.  That begins with the idea of a "We" being in the moment together, with the commitment to be our best selves for our students.  

Let’s do this.

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Elementary Ed [clear filter]
Saturday, November 17
 

11:30am

Taking the Complexity out of Compassion: A Focus on Language, Behaviors, and “Skill” vs. “Will”
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Objectives:
1. Unpack the term “compassion”: the why, what, and how.
2. Walk away with resources and ways to explicitly teach, formatively assess, and provide feedback on compassion in action for all students.

Session Description:
While the concept of “showing compassion” comes innately to some students, the idea can be difficult for others to understand and carry out. The challenge then becomes this: how do I encourage more compassion in some students, and create a culture of compassion in my classroom?

In this session, we will explore ways to break down compassion into visible behaviors and specific language. We will walk through the process of determining whether students have the necessary, prerequisite “skills” to demonstrate compassion or the proper “will” to do so.  Finally, we will discuss and connect with resources to assist in teaching, assessing, and providing powerful feedback on compassion in action with all students, not just those with special needs.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin LeBrun

Caitlin LeBrun

Learning Support Teacher (grades 4-5), Chadwick International School
Caitlin LeBrun is a certified special education teacher with experience in autism and behavior disorders. This will be her third year working as a Learning Support teacher at Chadwick International; prior to this, she taught in the Pacific Northwest of the United States in an inclusion-based... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
209A

12:30pm

Building a Concept-Based Writing Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Objectives:
1) Gain ideas for structuring a writing workshop that works for you
2) Learn methods of transforming a writing workshop to more effectively promote conceptual understanding

Session Description:
Have you ever felt like there aren't enough hours in the day to pull off everything you'd like to do with your students? Does adding a devoted writing workshop to that day seem like a wonderful but impossible dream? What if you could use your writing workshop as a natural and essential component of your curriculum?

This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to view one method of setting up a writing workshop that works within the context of the larger curriculum to not only enhance conceptual understanding and unit content, but to provide an outlet for reflection, assessment, and creativity.

Please bring a copy of a unit planner from your school and a set of your school's writing objectives for your current grade level if possible.  If not, no worries - examples will be provided!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Busse

Eric Busse

G5 Teacher
Eric Busse is currently a fifth grade teacher at Chadwick International. Before making the leap to becoming an international elementary school teacher, he taught English at language academies in Korea for nearly ten years. Having come from a background of musicians and writers, he... Read More →



Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
204

12:30pm

The Importance of Play
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Objectives:
1) Unleash your inner child
2) Experience inquiry, play and understand why we must advocate for play

Session Description:
In today’s busy culture of after school tutoring, high stake tests and Common Core, children are being asked to grow up at an alarming rate. As educators, parents and administration, it is our job to defend the child’s most important work: play.

In this session, tap into your inner child and rediscover the joy of  inquiry! Play, laugh and discover! Examine the WHY behind play-based learning and take away the data that supports it.  When your colleague asks you what you did in the session, hopefully you can say, “I just played” with an invigorated understanding of how profound that statement is!

Speakers
avatar for Kailyn Angella

Kailyn Angella

Early Childhood Teacher, Korea International School
Kailyn McLean Angella is an Early Years teacher and department lead at Korea International School, Seoul Campus.  Kailyn’s background in the early years started when she graduated from Western Washington University specializing in Elementary and Special Education. Since then, she... Read More →



Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
202

1:40pm

Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objectives:
1. Have fun with the design process
2. Collaborate with others to design a solution to a problem

Session Description:
In this hands-on session, learn how the design thinking framework can help your students solve problems. A great session if you are new to design thinking and want to integrate the framework into your classroom practice. See more at: www.designthinkerlab.com.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Breedlove

Heather Breedlove

Digital Learning Coach
Heather Breedlove is passionate about using technology to help students engage and create. As a Digital Learning Coach at Seoul Foreign School, she works with teachers to meet their goals for student learning with digital integration. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Google Innovator... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
202

1:40pm

The Makerspace and Student Agency
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objective:
Explore the notion of student agency; ponder how materials and the learning environment influence student agency

Session Description:
While the Makerspace has been the subject of recent research in the areas of the arts, design, digital literacy, etc; less work has been done on the relationship between children's agency and the space where the making happens. This workshop will focus on research surrounding agency and human geography conducted within an elementary school Makerspace at an international school in Beijing. Participants will take a peek inside this low-tech, organic example of a Maker Space through the digital documentation of mixed-age projects; with the goal of highlighting the enactment of agency within this space. They will engage in a collaborative brainstorm on how to support/refine a 'maker mindset' in their own contexts. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Le Varge

Jennifer Le Varge

Seoul Campus Principal, Korea International School
Jennifer is a Reggio Emilia enthusiast, and is a proponent of inquiry-driven curricula. She is proud to be an IB PYP Workshop Leader, School Visit Team Leader, and Consultant. She is currently the Seoul Campus Principal at Korea International School, and tweets via @VargeLe.


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
209A

2:50pm

Aint Nobody Got Time for THAT!
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objectives:
1. Gaining ideas on how to integrate curriculum and "make time"
2. Making your PLC work for you

Session Description:
A common challenge educators face is the limited instruction time versus the long list of “to-dos”. As a primary school teacher it can be challenging to fit in all the necessary content, differentiate instruction, assessments and the list goes on. This workshop will show you a way to MAKE time by integrating curriculum. Cross-curricular integration bridges the time and learning gap of content in different subject areas by connecting them. Practicing this method within your classroom gives students meaningful, relevant, and engaging lessons. Students will be able to comprehend and remember material better because it shows how Math, English, Science, and Social Studies are naturally connected in real life.

Speakers
avatar for Domenique Marie Roberts

Domenique Marie Roberts

Chemistry Teacher, Yongsan International School of Seoul
Domenique Marie Roberts is a TCK living and teaching in Seoul, South Korea. She is in her fourth year at Yongsan International School of Seoul, where she is currently teaching AP Chemistry and General Chemistry. She is a member of the premiere service organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
312

2:50pm

Reader's Workshop - Small Groups & Conferences
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objective:
To provide teachers with the information and tools needed to easily and successfully implement reading small groups and/or conferences.

Session Description:
Reader's Workshop is a wonderful literacy structure, because it allows time for differentiated instruction. Teachers have the ability to pull small groups and confer during independent and partner reading. In this session, you'll learn how to make the most of your small groups and conferences during Reader's Workshop. We will dive into the difference between guided reading groups and strategy groups, and we will explore the different approaches to conferring. You will be provided with how-to's, cheat sheets, and video footage of small groups and conferences, leaving you with quick and easy ways to start implementing small groups and conferences successfully.

Speakers
avatar for Leann Norton

Leann Norton

Kindergarten Teacher, Korea International School
Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Leann Norton is the proud owner of three raincoats and a degree in psychology from the University of Washington. Following her graduation, Leann quickly returned to school to obtain her teaching certificate and follow her passion. After a decade of... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
204