If it’s February, it must be time for more workshops! Just in case you are in the area, here’s where I’ll be!
(A quick look back–this video is from last year’s workshps!)
I’m excited to be returning to Sendai on February 6th for the start of the Oxford Teaching Workshop Series. (you can read more about the workshops here) My first teaching job in Japan was at New Day School in Sendai, and I’m looking forward to visiting after a very long time away. My workshop will be practical (as usual!), exploring ways to make the most of limited class time by emphasizing multi-sensory activities. With Kathy Kampa, Charles Vilina and Ben Shearon rounding out the workshops, it’s sure to be a blast!
The weekend of February 19th is a double header. I start in Okayama (with Kevin Churchley and Caroline Marie Gerner) on Saturday the 19th and then shoot up on the Shinkansen for the workshops in Osaka on Sunday the 20th (with Setsuko Toyama, in addition to Kathy, Chuck, and Kevin). This is the third year I’ve had the opportunity to present in Okayama and Osaka, so I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces (and making new friends).
I finish my OUP workshops in Fukuoka, on Sunday, March 13th. Besides being within driving distance of my home, I’ll get to present with Marco Brazil and Laurie Thain, two very talented (and always fabulous) teachers. I can’t imagine a better way to round out my part of the workshops.
At the end of March, I’ll be doing an online workshop for the 4th Annual Virtual Round Table Conference about ways I’ve incorporated technology in my classes with young learners. Little Tech for Big Results was originally scheduled for the previous Round Table, but I had to cancel at the last moment. I’m excited to have another chance to share my experiences with tech and kids. I don’t yet know exactly when the workshop will be, but the Virtual Round Table will be March 25th and 26th.
April is JALT workshop month for me.
On Saturday, April 9th, I’ll be doing a Dogme demonstration for the Kitakyushu Chapter of JALT. We’ll be using a dogme approach as we explore the potential of a materials light, conversation-driven, emergent language-focused way of teaching in “Where’s the handout?” Japan.
On Sunday, April 17th I’ll be talking with the teachers in the Nagasaki Chapter of JALT about the power of connecting with other teachers online–how social networking tools and online resources can make us better teachers. In addition to being a topic near and dear to my heart, this also gives me an excuse to visit one of my favorite cities in Japan. My publisher agreed to sponsor this workshop, even though it’s not a commercial presentation, so that it will be free for any teachers wishing to attend (Thanks, OUP!).
So, that’s my schedule for the near future! Here’s hoping our paths will cross sometime soon