Sunday, April 8, 2012

English Teachers' Forum - 21 April 2012

Experiential Learning Workshop 

Date: Saturday 21st April 2012
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Tripoli International School (see directions below)
Presented by: Tripoli International School Teachers (Donia El Ibdaa):  Graham and Wendy Lind

Subject:  Fun in the classroom – Think Experiential.  Using indoor and outdoor experiential learning activities as an integral part of Language learning.

A fun “Ice-breaker” will start the session followed by a communication intensive team task in which team-based mildly competitive action and removal of some senses (eg sight)  creates a situation where verbal communication is absolutely essential.

A guided discussion will break down the dynamics of this activity and build a basic “model” for using experiential learning in many learning areas.  A simple model of “Planning by outcome” will be discussed so that participants can “do this at home”.

Sources of ideas for activities will be presented and participants will be shown where to find ideas, resources and most importantly – how to create, develop, adapt their own ideas and thus use Experiential learning to enhance language and other learning. 

Biography: Graham Lind
Currently Principal at Tripoli International School, Graham spent  7 years in Research and Regional Planning, after which he “followed his passion” as he developed and directed the Outdoor Pursuits Intramural, Extra mural and cross curricular (Senior English teacher) and Post Matriculation programs at South Africa’s leading Outdoor and Environmental Education Private School, Treverton. He then started  “Adventure Educators” offering Educational and Team building Experiential learning to schools, corporations and NGO’s  and  also ran a GCSE Private school for two years.  He also Chaired/ Co-chaired the formation of a Tourism route and an Experiential Education body. He has degrees in English & Geography and a wide range of technical outdoor instructor qualifications including SCUBA, Sailing, River Guiding, Mountaineering and Rock Climbing as well as a commercial Captains ticket.

Biography: Wendy Lind
Also at Tripoli International School, where she is Key Stage one Co-ordinator and a Year One teacher.    Wendy, after a plethora of experience in hospitality and informal education Wendy joined Graham as Director of Adventure Educators in 2000 concentrating on children’s events, hospitality and corporate program development and facilitation. She directed operations and trained staff as the company developed and has a creative approach to developing and adapting effective and inexpensive programming.  

Directions to TIS

  • Travel south along Airport Road towards the Tripoli International Airport.
  • At the only traffic light on Airport road turn right
  • Continue for approximately 1 km to the next traffic light (“Semafro Gips” – The Gypsum factory’s storage silos will be diagonally on your right when you are at this traffic light)
  • Continue straight at this traffic light across Swani Road – do NOT turn left onto Swani road.
  • TIS is 400m ahead on your right hand side