1st International Athens Conference "Play on Early Education"
Day 1:                          Thursday April 11, 2019
Afternoon Session:    Play teaches Life
Duration:                     4 pm- 7.30 pm
Kenote speaker:         Tom Hobson
Chair:                           Suzanne Axelsson
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself". This famous John Dewey's quote lives in the core of any play-based learning school. Children play because this is the way they discover the world; and by playing into real world conditions they master life, educate themselves and become free & independent citizens from very early.
Tom Hobson, the world's famous "Teacher Tom", will drive the process by sharing his long teaching experience in Seattle & further qualified teachers will add valuable feedback. Suzanne Axelsson will chair this truly international session, which will bring up play stories from at least 4 different Continents!
16.00 - 17.00:  Keynote speech
Tom Hobson ("Teacher Tom", USA)
“Educating Citizens Through Play”
Tom speaks about how children’s play brings the habits and principles of democracy into ‘early years’ classrooms. He will begin by discussing the purpose of education in democratic societies and how and why we have managed to veer so far from the original intent, which is to educate citizens capable of contributing to the grand experiment of self governance. In this full-throated support for play-based education, he details through his illustrative classroom stories and examples exactly how his curriculum works.
Participants will learn the benefits of introducing these playful principles to their own students, the hallmarks of what makes a good citizen both in a classroom as well as a democracy, the traits and habits required for self-governance, and practical tips on how to implement these ideas in their own classrooms. It is an inspiring, often touching, often hilarious, and always eye-opening and empowering presentation.
17.00 - 17.20:   Break
17.20 - 19.00:   Presentations         
   17.20  Petia Gieva & Maria Yaitzarova (Bulgaria)
              “Spontaneity and Nature Play in Urban Environment”
   17.40  Hatice Sapmaz (Turkey)
              “A Teacher’s view on Children’s Play”
   18.00  Carrie Rose (Australia)
              “Developing Democratic setups through Play”    18.20  Gloria Romlin (Sweden & Mexico)
              “Project, Play & the Curriculum”
   18.40  Winnie S.W.PUI (Macao)
              "Appreciating own culture through play: a China kindergarten case"
19.00 - 19.30: Q & A session
20.00 - 22.00: Relaxing & chatting at Upopa Epops Cocktail bar
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