KORCOS 2017 has ended
Welcome to the 2017 KORCOS International Education Conference at Chadwick International. Please browse the many wonderful presentations and jobalikes that are being offered and start creating your schedule. We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday, November 18.

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Anne van Dam

The Learning Square
The Hague Area, Netherlands
Early childhood education has been my passion for more than 20 years. I have worked alongside children and educators in schools in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Singapore, and Switzerland. I have been an IB trainer since 2005, sharing my passion for young children with educators in IB schools in South East Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. I joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centered on young children’s competencies in making meaning and building relationships. In June 2008, I became the Director of this school. In August 2011, I moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern. At ISZL, I developed, in partnership with teachers and other school leaders, a vision for the early years programme at the school. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning spaces (both inside and outside) and on making learning and teaching visible to others. A move back to the Netherlands in 2015 has given me the opportunity to work with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. I worked on the PYP review focusing on learner agency, early years and inquiry. I also collaborate with schools as an independent educational consultant.
Saturday Session: Play and playfulness, creating spaces for choice, wonder, and delight! This one hour workshop provides hands on strategies for infusing learning and teaching in early and primary classrooms with choice, wonder, and delight. Three guiding questions will be explored: When and how do we provide opportunities for students to demonstrate choice, set goals, develop and share ideas, make and change rules, and negotiate challenges? How do we evoke a sense of wonder experienced through playful encounters with materials, ideas, music, languages, stories, movement or other modalities? How do we ensure students experience feelings of delight including joy, inspiration, pride, and belonging?