Helping children to flourish
In recent years there has been a great shift from focusing purely on methodology concerning language acquisition and language learning to recognizing the equal importance of the development of life skills or global skills in order to help children to flourish. In this webinar we are going to look at Beehive, a new series for the primary classroom, which has been developed having global skills at its heart, such as, emotional self-regulation and wellbeing, creativity, collaboration, and many other skills to help children discover themselves and the world around them. First, we will consider how children learn and what the key learning conditions are, then we will identify the main learning components in a language classroom. As we do this, we will be exploring teaching tips and practical activities that engage children in their learning, while developing age-appropriate global skills.
Creative learning with teenagers
My teenage daughter once told me. “Mum, if you tell me what I should do, my interest vanishes completely. I want to figure out for myself what my goals are and how I should achieve them. This is the only thing that sparks my enthusiasm and investment in my learning.” The teenage years are exciting and full of anxiety at the same time. Deep down they have a lot of questions about the world, they are searching for themselves, and long to find their inner spark and create something meaningful with it. Our role as teachers is to guide them along this process, where besides language learning we cater for all their needs through transforming our class into a collaborative learning environment, where they can find this inner spark and get plenty of opportunities to create. Harmonize offers exactly this approach through carefully staged and integrated projects giving all our teen learners room to discover themselves and create meaningful content. In this webinar, we will explore the main stages of such project-based learning experience and look at how the Harmonize series supports both our learners in their learning and us in our teaching process.
Erika Osváth, MEd in Maths, DTEFLA, is a freelance teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and co-author with Edmund Dudley of Mixed Ability Teaching (Into the Classroom series, OUP). Before becoming a freelance trainer in 2009, she worked for...