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Visual Tools for Thinking and Learning
Teaching Children to use Visual Tools to Improve Complex Thinking and Intellectual Confidence

Presenter: Dr. David Hyerle
Dates: Introduction: 20th May 2021. Sessions: 17th, 24th June and 1st July 2021
Cost: £95.00+VAT
Recording: All those who sign up to this webinar will receive a recording of all sessions.

Do your students have problems with short term memory?
Do they find complex ideas confusing and beyond them?
Is planning an issue for them because they cannot link and sequence ideas?
Do they have strategies for problem-solving and initiative taking?
Do they find independent learning difficult to start, and even more difficult to continue?

If any of these issues were true beforehand, they are doubly true now after the lockdown, when children have lost the habit of studying and thinking, and have lost the intellectual self-confidence that might have previously helped them.

In this practical course of four 90-minute webinars, Dr. David Hyerle, one of the foremost exponents and creative thinkers on the use of Visual Tools to support and deepen children’s thinking, will take you through the strategies that can give your students back the intellectual self-confidence they have lost.

He will explain how these tools, especially critical for children with less privileged and educated backgrounds, or those disheartened by anxiety and loss of self-confidence, can be used to re-structure their thinking in response to the complex tasks that confront them.

  • Introduction: Thursday 20th May 2021 – The introduction to this course is much more than a preview and summary!
  • Session 1: Thursday 17th June 2021 – Going Deep with Thinking Process Maps
  • Session 2: Thursday 24th June 2021 – Thinking Maps for Transdisciplinary Applications
  • Session 3: Thursday 1st July 2021 – Bridging the Content / Thinking Process Divide

We guarantee that the course will forever change the way you and your students think about the world!

This course is ideal for:
Teachers of very young to older exam level students, and for those that already have some experience of visual tools or those that are just beginners. It is designed for teachers working in physical or virtual classrooms.

Coaching kids to coach kids (and when not to!)

Practical strategies, activities and takeaways for implementing Teacher-Student and Student-Student coaching in your schools…

Presenter: Lisa Stone
Dates: 5th, 12th and 19th July 2021
Cost: £95.00+VAT
Recording: All those who sign up to this webinar will receive a recording of all sessions.

Coaching encompasses some of the most fundamental skills for optimal human interaction: deep, active, non-judgemental listening, supportive questioning, rapport building, and unconditional belief in your coaching partner. Teaching children how to use these key skills not only helps them to improve their attainment, but also teaches them skills which are fundamental to positive mental health and happiness. I believe passionately that, by training young people in the so-called ‘soft’ skills involved in coaching, you are providing them with a toolkit for resilience and wellbeing – more important than ever in the post-pandemic world in which they will need to make their way.

In session 2 we move on to training young people to coach one another, either as peers or using an older-younger student model, with a focus on behaviour and academic attainment – and we look at some examples of how to/how not to do it! In the last session we look at a variety of ways to use peer or group coaching to support student wellbeing, and mental health – and we share loads of resources that will help you to facilitate this.

Throughout the course, there will be time to interact with the group and to pose questions and answers via an online chat facility.

  • Session 1: Monday 5th July 2021 – Teaching Kids To Talk The Talk
  • Session 2: Monday 12th July 2021 – Coaching For Progress And Behaviour
  • Session 3: Monday 19th July 2021 – Coaching For Positive Mental Health And Wellbeing

By the end of this Coaching for Kids course, you will know how to:

  • measure and benchmark student attainment and wellbeing in your school
  • ensure a safe, positive culture where coaching can thrive
  • provide students with the safety, language and frameworks for coaching growth
  • teach kids to use coaching methods for supporting their peers’ academic progress
  • use a variety of methods to improve behaviour through coaching
  • address issues around bullying and social interactions through coaching
  • set up wellbeing coaching sessions – weighing up benefits and issues of the various models
  • support resilience or specifically target wellbeing via one-to-one and group coaching.

Presenter: Lisa Stone
Lisa is a Secondary English teacher, with over 20 years experience in Key Stages 3-5, including two at a school for students with high functioning autism. She is also a Personal and Moderation Tutor for the PGCE course at the University of Warwick’s Centre for Teacher Education.

She has a Masters in Education: Coaching and Mentoring, is a qualified Coach, Mental Health First Aid England Trainer, Trauma Coach and Wellbeing Lead – and she runs a consultancy organisation called Teach Positive, supporting the implementation of coaching structures and positive mental wellbeing in schools.

Becoming Addicted to Teaching Maths

Presenter: Marcelo Staricoff (Ph.D, NPQH, FCCT)
Dates: TBA
Cost: £95.00+VAT

Presenter: Marcelo Staricoff (Ph.D, NPQH, FCCT)
Marcelo is the creator of the Joy of Not Knowing (JONK) approach, founder and director of JONK Thinking and Learning Ltd, an Associate Lecturer in Education at the University of Sussex, an educational consultant, speaker and trainer working with schools nationally and internationally. Marcelo Staricoff is the author of Start Thinking and of the recently published book The Joy of Not Knowing, a former scientist, a Primary school teacher and Headteacher and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

This course consists of three 90-minute webinars. All are highly interactive, intellectually playful and discussion based, giving you the opportunity to experience a wealth of innovative ideas first-hand and to plan for how use them with your specific age group.

The series includes a wealth of supporting literature and a set of activities to have a go at following each session, that support the focus of the webinar and also previews the next one.

The course will enable you to see, perceive and feel completely differently about the teaching of maths from now on and to receive a discount offer of a signed copy of Marcelo’s book The Joy of Not Knowing that has just been published by Routledge.

  • Session 1: The Playful History and Multicultural Nature of Maths
  • Session 2: Becoming Very Addicted to Mathematical Investigations
  • Session 3: Maths to Promote Wellbeing, Creative Thinking and Lifelong Learning

“The inclusion of visuals on the course is a huge ‘plus’ in enabling you to comprehend the ideas shared. The positive approach to ‘not knowing’ is utterly brilliant and strategies are given to enable all children to find ways of being successful. With these ideas children are supported in becoming life-long learners and are valued as individuals…”

This course is ideal for:
Maths Leaders, Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders, Teachers, Student Teachers, NQTs, and Early Career Teachers.