Date: October 25-27, 2019
Location: Sangha Wellness Retreat by Octave
199 Yang Cheng Ring Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu Province, China 中国江苏省苏州市工业园区阳澄环路199号

Introduction to Metacognitive Teacher Training

Metacognitive teaching gets students to think, self-regulate, self-analyze, and self-reflect. It doesn’t only apply to academics, but to behavior, task completion, and overall well-being. It’s an awareness of one’s thinking, learning, and performance ABOVE the subject matter.
 
In this three-day intensive training, teachers will gain practical, evidence-based skills they can implement in their schools immediately.
 
Through the metacognitive approaches introduced at this training, attendees will adjust their teaching to promote:
  • Learning independence
  • Executive functioning
  • Feelings of safety and security in the classroom
  • Language acquisition and speech development in a multilingual environment
  • Reading and dyslexia interventions
  • and more!

 

In addition to over 11 hours of workshops, Octave will provide wellness and social activities at their peaceful retreat center.

Target Audience

This training is for kindergarten and primary school teachers looking to further their knowledge of how students can become more engaged and independent learners. 
 
Except for the dyslexia interventions presentation (English only), all of the slides and handouts will be bilingual, English and Simplified Chinese. Attendees can choose to attend sessions presented in English or Chinese.

Session and Speaker Information

 

With the exception of the keynote talks, each training is 2 hours in duration. Click the speaker names below to read their complete biography.
 

Keynote: An Introduction to Metacognitive Teaching

Kimberley McKenna, ELG Speech-Language Pathologist

Metacognitive teaching is about creating a school environment where everyone is encouraged to think about what they are thinking, feeling or doing, and what the potential solutions are to any problems they are facing. In one simple form, metacognitive teaching is about turning pervasive command statements such as “sit down” and “get a pencil” into metacognitive questions such as “where should you be right now?” and “what things do we need?”. Metacognitive teaching involves collaborative whole-class solution-finding, through getting children to work together to answer questions such as “what can I do if I am stuck?”. Asking metacognitive questions provides children with the opportunity to become self-regulated, independent and organized learners, whilst also improving their overall cognitive capabilities. It is beneficial for children (and adults) of all ages, so let’s get practicing!

Language: English with Bilingual Slides

Keynote: Teaching in a Neuroscience Informed Way

Dr. Davy Guo, ELG Psychologist

Through gaining insight into how the brain is designed to evolve, we can step into and understand the world of the child at each age and stage of development. Equipped with this knowledge, you will then learn metacognitive teaching methods that specifically fit young children’s unique neurological development profile, which in turn will stimulate their global development in the classroom setting.

Language: English with Bilingual Slides

The Metacognitive Way to Learn Through Play and Manage Tricky Behavior

Dr. Shari D. Rosen, ELG Speech-Language Pathologist & Founder & Tiffany Chen, ELG Speech-Language Pathologist

This session will provide practical classroom solutions and ideas regarding how to implement a learning-through-play approach within a classroom structure; how to maximize the use of themes as they relate to learning-through-play; and how to measure student progress in the context of play-based work. Further, we will explore metacognitive ways to manage tricky behaviors in the classroom, by recognizing and responding to the function of the behavior, which can be understood simply as either attention or avoidance.

Language: English with Bilingual Slides

How to Look at Stress with Mindfulness

Olivia Xiao, Octave Life Coach & Mindfulness Trainer

Through mindfulness, we are equipped to face today’s fast-paced world as well as the uncertainties that rise within us with greater clarity, composure and emotional intelligence. It breaks us from our repeat cycle of numbed autopilot and allows us to observe, think and feel, in real time, the whole variety of emotions we encounter on a daily basis. This short workshop will introduce some tools and strategies that enhance our personal life and professional life with skill, compassion and wisdom. Join us to understand how to incorporate this age-old practice into our present lives and thus not only survive, but thrive in our daily lives. 

You will learn how to use mindfulness to alleviate stress and anxiety through strategies (e.g. meditative) as well as insight (e.g. self-love).  This includes exploring one’s model of the world, and overcoming the tendency to produce stress-inducing expectations.

Language: Chinese with Bilingual Slides

Metacognitive Strategies for Supporting Speech-Language Development in the Multilingual Context

Kimberley McKenna, ELG Speech-Language Pathologist

This training will focus on speech-language development in the context of working with multilingual children. It will seek to facilitate a deeper understanding of childhood language development, and support teachers to explore the practical applications in their classroom setting. We will look at how to respond to children with speech-language challenges and/or low engagement, through visual aids and metacognitive prompts that encourage the development of positive thinking strategies. We will role-play different challenging situations.

Language: English with Bilingual Slides

How to Manage Children’s Behavior Through Emotional Engagement

Carol Wang, Ph.D., AITIA Family Learning Center Director

Through a series of activities, we will explore self-analysis and strategies you can employ to engage students emotionally. We will begin with an analysis of communication patterns, discussing the importance of understanding emotions in communication. We will discuss how to develop EQ and “make friends” with your emotions. We will then consider the perspective of students through an activity which will promote self-exploration on how emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and needs are connected. We will help you assess your self-awareness and point out common mistakes that are made in listening.

In the workshop, you will gain ideas about how to address mood in order to more effectively manage a student’s behavior, including a “5 step plan” for emotional engagement. You will have an opportunity to review examples of how the five steps can be put into place.  

Language: Chinese with Bilingual Slides

Metacognitive & Multisensory Approach to Dyslexia Interventions

Miriam McBreen, Ph.D. Candidate, ELG Reading Specialist

When supporting a child with suspected or diagnosed dyslexia, it can be hard to create effective coping strategies through basic resources. This training focuses on how to help the child understand their own unique dyslexia profile and how to undertake individual and classroom-based intervention activities in differentiated, metacognitive ways. Further, you will learn about how to build-in more multisensory learning for the benefit of the individual and whole class: making use of sound, sight, movement and touch at the same time. Evidence shows that this enhances memory, and the learning of written language (reading) in particular. Ultimately, the goal is to create long-term impact through self-understanding (I understand my unique dyslexia), self-reliance (I have strategies that work for me…and I know how to create new strategies, too) and self-confidence (I can do this!).

Language: English with Bilingual Slides

Metacognitive Approach to Emotional Learning

Dr. Davy Guo, ELG Psychologist

Metacognition is often discussed as a way to foster learning. However, it can also be effectively used for behavioral change and emotional regulation. Lead by a psychologist, this practical workshop will explore different ways in which metacognition is used for developing psychological well-being. These skills are important for psychologists and counselors but can also be useful for teachers who work with students every day.

Language: Chinese with Bilingual Slides

How to Look at Stress with Mindfulness

Olivia Xiao, Octave Life Coach & Mindfulness Trainer

Through mindfulness, we are equipped to face today’s fast-paced world as well as the uncertainties that rise within us with greater clarity, composure and emotional intelligence. It breaks us from our repeat cycle of numbed autopilot and allows us to observe, think and feel, in real time, the whole variety of emotions we encounter on a daily basis. This short workshop will introduce some tools and strategies that enhance our personal life and professional life with skill, compassion and wisdom. Join us to understand how to incorporate this age-old practice into our present lives and thus not only survive, but thrive in our daily lives. 

You will learn how to use mindfulness to alleviate stress and anxiety through strategies (e.g. meditative) as well as insight (e.g. self-love).  This includes exploring one’s model of the world and overcoming the tendency to produce stress-inducing expectations.

Language: English with Bilingual Slides

Creativity for Student Well-Being

Tingting Chen, ELG Art Therapist

In this training, you will learn interactive activities that give children permission to tap into the dynamic, creative, and vulnerable parts of themselves. Such activities facilitate metacognitive thinking about self and others and can be designed to raise self-confidence, self-expression, awareness of feelings, social competencies, cohesion, and collective wellbeing. In this experiential training, we will practice techniques and activities that can be easily built into the school curriculum, while also exploring broader techniques for whole group engagement, whatever the lesson.

Language: Chinese with Bilingual Slides

Preventing Teacher Burnout: Supporting Yourself and Others at Your School

Tingting Chen, ELG Art Therapist

Note: Tingting is the only Mandarin-speaking US-registered art therapist practicing in mainland China.

Like their students, teachers and leaders at international schools are often high-achieving individuals under immense pressure to achieve standards of excellence. For teachers and leaders who have relocated away from ‘home’, there is a sudden deficit in support network at a time when it’s often most needed. As a result, burnout – exhaustion, anxiety, apathy, and self-neglect – are all too common. Through counter-transference with students and colleagues, burnout can spread to the detriment of the whole school community. In this session, we will explore the critical importance of care towards self and others, trying out self-expression and other creative therapeutic activities you can use at home and school. Lastly, we will strategize about how we can share and model these practices with colleagues to support whole school wellbeing.

Language: Chinese with Bilingual Slides

How to Manage Children’s Behavior Through Emotional Engagement

Carol Wang, Ph.D., AITIA Family Learning Center Director

Through a series of activities, we will explore self-analysis and strategies you can employ to engage students emotionally. We will begin with an analysis of communication patterns, discussing the importance of understanding emotions in communication. We will discuss how to develop EQ and “make friends” with your emotions. We will then consider the perspective of students through an activity which will promote self-exploration on how emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and needs are connected. We will help you assess your self-awareness and point out common mistakes that are made in listening.

In this workshop, you will gain ideas about how to address mood in order to more effectively manage a student’s behavior, including a “5 step plan” for emotional engagement. You will have an opportunity to review examples of how the five steps can be put into place.  

Language: English with Bilingual Slides

Cost

The 8,800 RMB registration fee includes:
  1. 3 days of intensive metacognition workshops led by qualified therapists (speech-language pathologists, psychologists, reading and learning support specialists)
  2. 2 nights’ accommodation in Sangha’s Fellow Travelers Hotel (check-in Friday, October 25, check-out on Sunday, October 27)
  3. Lunch and dinner on Friday, October 25; all meals on Saturday, October 26; breakfast on Sunday, October 27
  4. Wellbeing and self-care activities led by Octave
  5. Taxes and fees
 
The registration fee does not include:
  1. Transportation to and from Sangha
  2. Additional spa or wellness services (discounts will be offered to attendees)

 

Email events@chinaelg.com for payment options and to lock in space for you and your colleagues!

Training Language

Bilingual slides (English and Simplified Chinese) will be offered for all sessions except the dyslexia workshop.
 
Two workshops will be presented simultaneously for attendees to choose from: one in English and one in Mandarin. 
 
Attendees will receive slides and handouts for all sessions at the end of the weekend.

Location

This training is located at the beautiful SANGHA BY OCTAVE retreat in Suzhou. Attendees will stay in the Fellow Travelers Hotel and additional wellness activities will take place onsite.

SANGHA BY OCTAVE is based in the immersive ex-urban retreat spread over 189,000 square meters of lakefront peninsula on Suzhou’s Yang Cheng Lake. SANGHA BY OCTAVE is only 15 minutes away from downtown Suzhou and a short 1-hour jaunt from cosmopolitan Shanghai. It is a place for mindful learning designed to enhance your connections with yourself, with others and with nature.

SANGHA BY OCTAVE is an integrated complex of wellness residences and learning facilities consciously created by master architect Calvin Tsao to be the embodiment of a vision of how such a community might work. One of the spaces within SANGHA BY OCTAVE – The Sanctuary – has won numerous architectural awards for its stunning design, elaborate interiors and exteriors, including UK Blueprint Awards, 2017 APIDA, and the A&D Trophy Awards.

Built with natural materials, OCTAVE’s aesthetics and design choices for SANGHA BY OCTAVE re-think the whole idea of space utilization, reconsidering the balance between personal space and communal space, to create a greater sense of closeness, of community.

Questions or difficulty registering? Email events@chinaelg.com.