EARCOS Weekend Workshop March 2018
INQUIRY MATHEMATICS: RESEARCH BASED STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING
With Mignon Weckert
Mignon has taught in a range of school and her passion for effective teaching and learning of Mathematics led her to roles including numeracy advisor for independent schools in South Australia, professional development facilitator, writer of Mathematics support materials as well as developer of various projects to enhance student learning in Mathematics.
Mignon has held various leadership roles in schools. She has been involved with the International Baccalaureate since 2000 as a teacher, PYP coordinator, workshop leader and school visitor, regional manager for the Asia Pacific region based in Singapore for 6 years and head of elementary for a large international school. During her time at the Australian International School in Singapore, she worked closely with Professor Peter Sullivan to manage a project which focuses on implementing research based strategies which support student learning in Mathematics.
After 10 years in Singapore, Mignon returned to Australia 18 months ago where she is the Educational Leadership Director for Lutheran Schools in South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
This workshop will engage participants in what research reveals about effective teaching and learning of mathematics and how this connects to inquiry as well as what helps and hinders authentic student inquiry. Participants will explore mathematics concepts through engagement with a range of tasks including online resources which can support the diversity of learners in any classroom. The role of high challenge tasks, digital provocations, mindsets, organization of curriculum and classroom culture in creating learning environments which inspire and provoke students to think like mathematicians, will be explored. Participants will also have the opportunity, to engage with the planning process as part of the workshop.
Date: Mar 10-11, 2018
Location: Seisen International School
Workshop Coordinator: Catherine Beswick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Workshop Fee: 10,000 JAPAN YEN
Registration for this workshop has closed. If you have any questions please e-mail cbeswick @seisen.com.
Weekend Workshop Schedule
Saturday, March 10th
Sunday, March 11th
Getting to Seisen International School
Seisen International School
12-15 Yoga 1-chome, Setagaya-ku
Walking from Yoga Station (nearest station)
1. Take the East exit at Yoga station
2. Walk to Yoga Nakamachi Dori and turn right
3. Walk straight and cross Route 246
4. Seisen will be on the left past the Volvo Dealer
From Shibuya Station it takes 12 minutes to Yoga.
From Futakotamagawa Station it takes 2 minutes to Yoga.
Parking is not available at the school.
Travel to Japan
Haneda is about 1.0 hour on a limousine bus to the Yoga / Futakotamagawa area for about 1000-2000 yen. Reservations can be made, but are not recommended in the event a flight is late. From Futakotamagwa those staying at Tokyu Stay Yoga will have to take a train, bus or taxi to Yoga Station. A train or taxi is advised. Trains can also be taken from the airport and are slightly cheaper.
Narita is about 2.5 hours on a limousine bus to the Yoga / Futakotamagawa area for about 3000 yen. Reservations can be made, but are not recommended in the event a flight is late. From Futakotamagwa those staying at Tokyu Stay Yoga will have to take a train, bus or taxi to Yoga Station. A train or taxi is advised. Trains can also be taken from the airport and are slightly cheaper.
Travel in Japan
PASMO and SUICA Cards
These are prepaid cards that can be used for trains, buses and convenience stores around the Tokyo Metro Area. It will save you time purchasing the ticket or the hassle of losing the train tickets because you will need it to exit the train station. http://www.jrpass.com/blogs/benefits-of-prepaid-travelcardsInformation here.
Train Route Finder (find train times and routes throughout Japan)
Close to Seisen
Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. The closest hotels to Seisen International School are:
One train stop from school, plenty of shopping, restaurants, and limousine buses from Haneda and Narita Airports. It is one train stop from Seisen International School. Futakotamagawa Station is located 14-minutes on the subway to Shibuya, a central shopping and entertainment district of Tokyo.
Located 10 minutes from Seisen International School. Smaller hotel. Plenty of local restaurants including Japanese ‘izakaya’ pubs, Indian, Italian, and more. Yoga Station is located 12-minutes on the subway to Shibuya, a central shopping and entertainment district of Tokyo.
The workshop coordinator will assist as best as possible, but cannot seek nor book hotels, tickets, etc, for participants.
DOWNTOWN & ACCESSIBLE TO SEISEN
Granbell Hotel ¥12,700 / Semi-double bed by Simmons Bedding Company (Free breakfast service).
Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel ¥12,100 / Semi double bed (Early Bird 60-days Special with breakfast).
Hotel Century Southern Tower ¥20,520 / Buffet Breakfast book online @¥2,160 per person/nite.
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel ¥28,300 / Sky View Deluxe Single (28-days advanced purchase rate).
Citadines Central Shinjuku ¥11,400 Citibank Credit Cardholder / ¥12,000 Regular.
Nishi-Shinjuku Hotel MyStays ¥12,600 Standard Single / 5 min. walk from Shinjuku Station.
Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku ¥13,857 / Bright room, double bed.
Hilton Tokyo ¥23,800 /City views, high floor (advance purchase required).
OTHER POPULAR HOTELS
Things to consider about Japan
- While traveling around Tokyo and understanding trains is relatively easy, do not expect a lot of English spoken at train stations, hotels, restaurants, etc. Communication and movement, however, is usually not a problem for non-Japanese speakers.
- Credit cards are widely used, but ask if you can use a card before an order or purchase, especially at restaurants.
- Some hotels do not exchange money. There is a fee to exchange at banks, many of which are not open on Saturdays. It is advisable to exchange at the airport, as the workshop occurs over the weekend. Major credit cards can be used in most places.
- Weather in March can be found here.
Some of the things to see and do in Tokyo:
- Shinjuku-Harajuku Area: Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine), Harajuku, Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Robot Restaurant (Shinjuku’s Kabukicho - book ahead)
- Ryogoku: Edo Tokyo Museum, Ryogoku Kokugikan (Tokyo’s sumo stadium), Great Kanto Earthquake Memorial Museum, Tokyo Memorial Hall (WW2)
- Ueno Park Area: Tokyo National Museum / National Museum of Western Art / Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ameyoko shopping district, Akihabara (electronics district)
- Asakusa’s Sensoji Shrine (Kaminarimon gate a famous landmark)
- Tokyo Tower
- Skytree Tower
- Imperial Palace grounds
- Yasukuni Shrine
- Craft beer and wine establishments are becoming plentiful and popular
- Looks for river tours, biking tours, and city bus tours