“Empowering Student Growth with Effective Feedback.”
Holger Zamora – Teacher - ICPNA Cusco
This workshop explores the significance of effective feedback in enhancing student growth and achievement in educational settings. Feedback plays a crucial role in shaping students' learning experiences, helping them understand their strengths and weaknesses, and motivating them to excel. Some strategies and principles that educators can employ to provide feedback that empowers student growth will be discussed. Effective feedback is timely, specific, and goal oriented. It goes beyond merely assessing performance; it fosters a growth mindset by framing mistakes as opportunities for improvement. To maximize its impact, feedback should be tailored to individual student needs, considering their unique learning styles and goals.
“Mind – Mapping A way to promote and increase participation in an English class.”
David Pérez – Academic Coordinator - ICPNA Cusco – Puerto Maldonado Branch
When designing Divergent Thinking activities for an English class, an activity called Mind – Mapping comes to mind. This activity can increase group participation in connecting and developing different ideas starting from a principal one, giving the students the chance and the possibility to feel productive, useful and safe when participating in the activity. In this workshop we will explore the benefits and challenges of the use of Mind – Mapping in an English class, how to generate a Mind - Map physically and online. Participants will be able to generate some samples to be used in class.
“Error Correction in ELT: When and How.”
Isabel Urrutia – ICPNA Cusco
Error correction is an important aspect of English Language Teaching (ELT) that helps students improve their language skills by identifying and rectifying mistakes they make in speaking or writing, but it should be done strategically to avoid discouraging learners. This workshop explores the significance of error correction in ELT context and delves into the fundamental questions of when and how to effectively implement error correction strategies. Remember, error correction should be balanced and tailored to individual learners’ needs. It is essential to find harmony between providing corrective feedback and allowing learners the opportunity to communicate freely and develop their fluency.
“Prewriting Exercise for Argumentative Essays: Place Mats"
Neda Delgado – ICPNA Cusco
Have you ever tried encouraging a debate in an English class but found that many of the students weren't taking part? Perhaps you even noticed that the discussion went much more quickly than you had expected? English debate is a crucial component of learning a second language. It is a great technique to get students ready to write argumentative essays as well as improving their speaking abilities. In this workshop, we'll look at how to set up a debate where everyone gets a chance to speak using "place mats" and how to use that debate to guide an argumentative essay later.
“What is Stress, how it affects the teaching-learning process: A practical toolbox to deal with it.”
Angel Pacheco – ICPNA Cusco
In this workshop, we will review the concept of stress and its main causes. We will also review how stress prevents the teaching-learning process from developing appropriately. In this workshop, we will learn some tools and techniques we can use to deal with stress and reduce it. With time and perseverance stress will disappear from our lives.
“Empowering Civic Engagement with Project Citizen"
Ricardo Pinelo – ICPNA Cusco
This presentation explores the significance of Project Citizen, a civic education program that encourages active participation in democracy. Project Citizen equips students and individuals in general with the skills to identify, research, and propose solutions to real-world problems. The program fosters critical thinking and communication skills while promoting civic engagement among youth and adults. The presentation highlights its components, such as problem identification, research, policy development, and action planning. It showcases its effectiveness, and impact in various settings, emphasizing its role in creating informed and responsible citizens ready to shape their communities and influence public policy.
"Unlocking Opportunities: Your Path to Academic Growth and Success in the USA."
Alejandro Oblitas – Educational Advisor - EDUSA
The workshop sheds light on the pivotal role of the EducationUSA network in facilitating prospective students on their journey to attain a graduate degree in the USA. The talk emphasizes the significance of student mobility and provides valuable insights into the diverse study opportunities available within the American education system. Special focus is placed on understanding and accessing financial aid resources to support educational pursuits, enabling individuals to strategize their path towards academic advancement. By harnessing the resources and guidance offered by EducationUSA, this presentation aims to empower aspiring scholars, aiding them in unlocking the potential for academic growth and ensuring success in their educational endeavors in the USA.
“Enabling Divergent Thinking in the ELT Classroom.”
Claudia Gavancho – School Program Academic Coordinator ICPNA Cusco
Divergent thinking is a valuable cognitive skill that encourages students to generate multiple creative solutions to problems and fosters innovative thinking. This abstract explores practical strategies to cultivate divergent thinking in English Language Teaching (ELT) classrooms. It highlights the importance of creating a supportive and inclusive environment, incorporating open- ended questions and prompts, embracing diverse perspectives, and promoting collaborative activities. By implementing these techniques, ELT instructors can empower their students to think beyond conventional boundaries, enhance language proficiency, and nurture lifelong learners capable of tackling real-world challenges with creativity and critical thinking.
“Non-prep and some prep Warm Up activities.”
Nataly Frisancho – ICPNA Cusco
Warm-up activities are indispensable in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, setting the stage for effective learning. Warm-ups establish a positive and engaging classroom environment, sparking student interest and receptiveness. They also activate prior knowledge, fostering connections between existing language skills and new material. In addition, these activities promote adaptability, peer interaction, and collaboration, essential in real-world communication. This workshop offers efficient ways to incorporate engaging warm-ups into their lessons, practical strategies, and ready-to-use resources for busy teachers. By attending, educators can streamline their preparation, maximize student engagement, and ultimately enhance the EFL learning experience.
"Generational Shifts in Learning."
Ynhi Gaviria – ICPNA Cusco
Our behavior and our way of learning change with each generation that comes. From older generations, used to learning the hard way and having to work for what they want, to generations now that want everything quickly and without many hassles. There are many factors to consider when thinking about the new generations in terms of their way of learning. We need to understand our learners and what drives them as human beings and how they achieve their goals in life. But also, what do new generations miss and what could we recuperate from ¨older¨ generations to guide them in the right direction?
"Analyzing worldwide and local environmental problems, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving"
Thomas Steeb – ICPNA Cusco
In this workshop, participants will address environmental issues that affect our communities and the world. They will delve into the significance of promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication within ELT classrooms. Additionally, participants will engage in discussions regarding various creative teaching methodologies that can be employed with students, and they will have the opportunity to share their ideas.
"Unleashing Creativity in Writing: Nurturing Divergent Thinking in Free Writing"
Gabriela Ramos – ICPNA Cusco
The ability to think creatively is more crucial than ever. This workshop explores teaching methodologies that leverage creativity to inspire free writing while nurturing divergent thinking in students. Throughout this workshop, we will look into strategies and tools designed to motivate and empower students to tap into their creative minds to harness their boundless imaginations, and ultimately redefining the art of writing. By cultivating an environment that encourages free expression and divergent thinking, we empower our students to think outside the box of conventional writing, guiding them towards creating narratives that are rich in originality and depth.
"Fostering Divergent Thinking Through Technology: Using digital tools to support reading skills.”
Bianca Ramos – ICPNA Cusco
In the evolving landscape of education, harnessing the power of technology and digital tools has become important in nurturing the minds of tomorrow. This presentation dives into the innovative world of teaching methodologies designed to enhance reading skills by promoting divergent thinking. Divergent thinking, characterized by the generation of multiple, creative solutions to a single problem, is a skill essential for the student of today. Throughout this presentation, we will explore how the integration of cutting-edge technologies and digital resources not only redefines the way we approach reading instruction but also cultivates an environment where students are encouraged to think beyond what their eyes read. By unlocking the potential of technology, we unlock the potential of our students, building the way for a future where reading is not just a skill but a gateway to limitless possibilities.
"Tech Tools: Encouraging young learners’ creativity."
Fabricio Solis -ICPNA Cusco
This workshop will explore the use of some technology tools in the ELT classroom. Specific examples of tech tools that can engage learners in activities promoting divergent thinking. The potential benefits of integrating these tools enhance critical thinking, creativity and adaptability and empowers learners with the skills required to address the challenges of the future.
“7 ways to inspire divergent thinking in the classroom.”
Miguel Larico - Academic Director of Anglo International Language School Arequipa
In an increasingly unpredictable world, the traditional corporate ladder has transformed into a complex maze. Consequently, it is essential for our students to cultivate the skill of divergent thinking. In this workshop, we delve into how we can seamlessly incorporate divergent thinking into our daily classroom routines.
“How to Assess Learners with Divergent Thinking.”
Jesús Miguel Lima – Teacher Trainer – San Pablo University and San Agustin University - Arequipa
Nowadays, we live in a world where learners face many everyday situations by exploring many possible solutions, unlike the traditional one where learners focus on reaching one well-defined solution to a problem. Considering the previous statement, assessment in the classroom becomes a little tedious since learners bring the prior way of thinking to almost everyday activities, including learning a language, sometimes questioning how teachers assess classroom activities. The following workshop aims to provide tools, techniques, and practical and theoretical knowledge to face this reality to help provide quality assessment for learners with divergent thinking.