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Making Thinking Visible (MTV) & Creating a Culture of Thinking

 

14th & 15th September 2017
Lusaka, ZAMBIA

Summary

Educators will explore a variety of visible thinking routines in order to understand how developing a classroom culture emphasising thinking helps students become more metacognitive in content areas and generally enrich the learning experience.

Thinking routines are tools and structures designed to help students develop rich patterns of thinking behaviours, build positive attitudes to learning, explore ideas, reason, deepen understanding, be motivated to learn, surface prior knowledge, and be more engaged in their own learning. Educators will explore a variety of thinking moves that deepen understanding as a tool to plan and reflect upon the thinking opportunities that could be leveraged within lessons, projects, and even day-to-day moments. Educators will also learn to explore how to recognise opportunities to use the different routines for optimum classroom learning and for themselves in independent situations.

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Registration Details

Fees

  Full Members Affiliate Members Individual Member
Early Bird Rate (16th July 2017 $415 $435 $435
Full Registration $435  $460  $460

Cancellation Date

Any cancellation received in writing before 14th August 2017 is eligible for a refund, less a $25 administration fee

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Maximum Number of Participants

30 participants 

Institute Details

In this institute, educators will further their understanding of the creating and sustaining culture of thinking in service of deepening and developing understanding.

Key learning outcomes include:

  1. understand the role of shaping culture to foster thinking dispositions and to become equipped with some routines to use in the classroom to promote rich thinking opportunities

  2. recognize the importance of the choices you make in the classroom, from the language you use to the interactions you promote, that engages students and cultivates students’ thinking habits and to become equipped with some routines to use in the classroom to promote rich thinking opportunities

  3. see how routines operate as both tools and structures to differentiate learning and make content accessible for all students and to deepen subject knowledge

  4. discover ways to improve engagement and learning and thinking in the classroom and identify ways to develop independence in their leaners.

Target Audience

K - 12 Classroom teachers and administrators

Proficiency Level

Embed & Sustain

Entry Pre-Requisites

Participants must have attended at least one MTV workshop in the past 3-5 years. 

Day Plan

Day 1: 8.00 - 16.00

Day 2: 8.00 - 16.00

Facilitators

Mark Church

Mark Church 2Mark Church has been an educator for twenty-five years and has particular interest in helping teachers and school leaders think deeply about their efforts to cultivate thinking and learning opportunities for students. He works with schools and districts, encouraging efforts to create rich communities of practice for educators committed to being mindful students of those they teach and lead. Mark has taught elementary and middle school students in the United States, Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands. Mark is a consultant for various Harvard University Project Zero Culture of Thinking and Teaching for Understanding initiatives in the United States and abroad. Mark has been a school district administrator in Michigan supporting professional growth and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Ingrid Turner: Ingrid has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Psychology and post graduate diplomas in Education and International Marketing. She has taught in South Africa, Malawi and Zambia since 1991 at both local and international schools instructing English, PSE, Art, French, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics and Special Needs to students ranging in ages from four to nineteen. Ingrid has held various positions of leadership and acted as a mentor to university students and teachers.

Exploring Project Zero’s ‘Visible Thinking Routines’ has transformed Ingrid's instruction and student learning. Using the routines means that students are engaged and thinking and that their ideas and conversation are valued in a safe environment. Students begin to adopt and adapt the routines to help them with their own learning and understanding. Thus they become independent learners.

Ingrid Turner

Ingrid TurnerIngrid has given a number of workshops on 'Visible Thinking' to International Schools and local schools both in Zambia and abroad over the last seven years. She is currently teaching English and 'Individuals and Societies' to Middle School students at the American International School of Lusaka in Zambia.

Ingrid has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Psychology and post-graduate diplomas in Education and International Marketing. She has taught in South Africa, Malawi and Zambia since 1991 at both local and international schools instructing English, PSE, Art, French, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics and Special Needs to students ranging in ages from four to nineteen. Ingrid has held various positions of leadership and acted as a mentor to university students and teachers.


Ingrid has given a number of workshops on 'Visible Thinking' to International Schools and local schools both in Zambia and abroad over the last seven years. She is currently teaching English and 'Individuals and Societies' to Middle School students at the American International School of Lusaka in Zambia

 

Logistics

Visa and Health

Visit the Zambia Government of Immigration website for full visa requirements.

Single entry visa's cost US$50. They can be obtained from the e-Visa site here.

Host School

American International School of Lusaka will host this institute.

A School Shuttle bus will pick up participants from the recommend hotel at 7:00am each day and return them to the hotel after the sessions.

Accommodation

Hotel Name: Stay Easy Lusaka

stayeasy Lusaka

Physical Address: Corner of Church & Kabelenga Road, Lusaka

Phone No: +260 211 372001/50 or +260 974 778858

Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast per night): US$115

Booking Process

Send an email to Mary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your check in/out details. Mention the event you are attending at the American International School of Lusaka and indicate whether you require airport transfers.

Airport Transfers

Taxis are available on arrival; however, participants can contact Kathleen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to assist with pre-arranged transportation.


The Stay Easy Hotel also provides pick up services at US$25 per person.