Eagle eyed Gerry spotted that we were sitting next to a bit of a celebrity on the plane whilst ironically, I was too engrossed in my celebrity gossip magazine to even notice. Ex England football manager Graham Taylor turned out to be a very charming man and was pleasant to everyone throughout the flight despite being questioned by a football fan throughout the entire journey.
Day 1 started with a quick talk from ex Eteach colleague Colin Bell. Colin, who is now the Executive Director of COBIS, gave everyone a warm welcome and introduced the first speaker of the day, Martin Skelton.
Martin is the co-founder of Primary File Publishing and Fieldwork Education and for the last eight years has been a Main Board Director of The WCL Group. He designed the International Primary Curriculum and is currently leading the development of the International Middle Years Curriculum for 11 – 14 year old children.
Gerry then headed off to hear Steven Mark discuss A Beginner’s Guide to IPC (International Primary Curriculum) whilst I kept an eye on the Eteach exhibition stand. The day got off to a good start as I started talking to a guy who was looking for some advice for his daughter who is about to start her first teaching post in Kuwait.
Gerry found Steven’s talk about the history and key principals which led to the development of the IPC, how the curriculum is structured and the learning process that underpins it, to be absolutely fantastic. Feeling truly inspired, she commented that if ever there was something to entice her back to teaching, the IPC would do the trick.
The next talk of the day was with Steven once again and was centred around Leadership and Learning within the IPC. The focus of this session was to provide practical strategies to enable leaders at all levels to manage the IPC in their school.
After lunch Gerry headed off to a talk by Martin Skelton, the guy who opened the conference, and learnt all about how teachers can ensure that real learning is going on in their classroom. Confident that the Eteach stand could look after itself for the afternoon, I went to see internationally renowned Quality Circle Time Model founder, Jenny Mosley who was giving a speech about enhancing self esteem in yourself and those around you. This was a fantastic session which involved a range of activities from clapping games to dancing around a classroom.
We are now enjoying a well deserved glass of wine while mingling with exhibitors and delegates from all over the world before heading out for an exhibitor’s dinner tonight. Come back soon to find out what day two had in store for us at the 2011 COBIS Conference for Teacher and Leaders and to see some pictures of the events.