Creating Vibrant and Caring Classrooms
Essential Question – What do we need to know and do to create a vibrant and caring classroom that children are eager to explore and learn in and that inspires teachers to continually develop their practice?
Learning Outcomes – At the end of the program, participants will:
- Understand how to create a vibrant and caring classroom where children feel safe to explore and take an active part in learning;
- Learn effective communication skills that builds rapport and instills confidence in students;
- Learn how to cultivate the student’s sense empathy and respect; and
- Build skills to help students resolve conflict and constructively manage anger.
Do you want to know how to make children love your class and be willing to learn independently of you? Do you want to know how to create a classroom environment where the children are willing to accept challenges, feel empowered and support and are considerate of each other?
First, we will understand how our language patterns in the classroom can affect student performance. Secondly, we need to pay attention to the four important relationships in the classroom, which include: (1) the relationship with self, (2) between the teacher and the children, (3) between the children, and (4) between the children and their learning. We will discuss how to improve the interaction among the four relationships, encourage the children to care for each other, accept challenges and engage more actively in learning; all within the confines of a safe and inspiring classroom environment.
This workshop has been inspired by the American psychologist Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Non-Violent Communication. His communication strategies have proven to be widely effective to help teachers to use strategies that benefit both parties to resolve conflicts and solve problems related to student learning. In this two-day workshop participants will be introduced to several communication strategies, learn practical skills for creative problem solving and engage in role plays to demonstrate skill mastery. Participants will learn to adapt to different thinking styles in student group and teaching team environments, recognise and remove barriers to communication and engage in a variety of case studies related to common school communication ‘break-downs’.
The program is suitable for mandarin speaking teachers and teacher-leaders and can be adapted for teaching assistants.
Workshops will commence at 8:30am and aim to finish by 4:30pm. There will be two 15-minute breaks each day and a 45-minute lunch break. The workshop modules will be:
Day 1: Morning
- Why NVC in the classroom
- Classroom Observations
Day 1: Afternoon
- Understanding Needs
- Powerful Requests
Day 2: Morning
- Active Listening
- Expressing and Transferring Anger
Day 2: Afternoon
- Conflict Resolution
- Expressing Gratitude
This workshop is available in English and Mandarin Chinese
Summer Li: Director of Learning Center, PDAcademia
Summer loves education and has been working in international education for over 8 years and was an educator for 5 years previous to working in operations and leadership. She has served in operational roles, including as the Learning Center Manager of Yue Cheng Education Research Institute, affiliated with Beijing City International School, where she was responsible for professional development programs, introduced advanced and Western educational philosophies, research, teaching methodologies and best practices to Chinese national educators.
Summer has also worked as the Director of Marketing and Communications for KaiWen Education, responsible for marketing and admission activities, and communicating and cooperating with overseas and local universities, educational institutions and educators.
Summer holds a bachelor degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition to her work in international education, Summer spends considerable time researching Differentiation, Cross-cultural Communication, parent roles in education, organizational management and leadership. Summer is a Certified Positive Discipline in Classroom Educator, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, has expertise in non-violent communication (NVC), and will soon finish her Cognitive Coaching certification.