Friday, January 26, 2018

Meet Our Plenary Speakers - Ron Morrain

Pre-Conference Event:
Leading Learners to Higher Level Thinking
A workshop on using RMMs in a modern classroom setting

Higher-level thinking has been a core value of educators for decades.Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, a widely used instrument to measure teacher effectiveness, describes a distinguished teacher as one whose classroom activities require high-level thinking. While Bloom’s Taxonomy tells us what higher level is,it does not clearly create a roadmap for teachers to get their learners to start creating, evaluating, and analysing in a modern classroom setting. Additionally, what products are our students creating which reflect their creativity, evaluation, and analytical skills? 

Whether in an academic or corporate setting, RMMs and curation have the potential to drive a task, and our learners, to higher-level thinking and product development. RMMs and curation also have the potential to generate creativity and community involvement beyond the classroom. 

It is time for teachers to start planning learning experiences that challenge modern learners to operate on higher levels. Using RMMs(Ready Made Mind Maps) as roadmaps, in combination with approaches like Task-based Learning, Project-based Learning, and Phenomenon-based Learning, can be one solution for teachers to implement in their classrooms to facilitate difficult learning cycles, to structureextended learning cycles, and to support learners to reach higher level thinking.

This interactive workshop will cover the following questions:
One more time – What is higher level thinking? (Quick and simple)
Are you doing the learning for your students?
What is Curation (Research) in an EFL learning context?
How are Task-based Learning, Project-based Learning, and Phenomenon-based Learning connected to curation?
What are some samples of curation tasks and what are NOT curation tasks?
What are some examples of curation products?
What is the teacher / trainer role when using RMMs in the classroom?
How can RMMs and Curation come together to reach higher-level thinking and learning?
How can projects be presented? (TBL and PBL)
How can projects be assessed?
Q+A session

Participants will be asked to collaborate in small groups to share their teaching experience with others, and do some problem solving. Participants will take-away a better understanding of how RMMs and curation work together to lead their learners to higher level thinking. Participants will also be able to immediately adapt their new knowledge to their teaching/learning contexts.

Ron Morrain is an American (Houston, Texas), and currently lives and works in Germany. 

He is co-founder and Director of Studies at the Language Learning Centers Europe which is headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, and has been active in HRM and HRD as a manager and consultant for over 30 years internationally. He has worked on education related projects in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Mexico City, Hong Kong, London, Geneva, and Düsseldorf. Ron speaks three languages fluently. (English, German, and Spanish)

He is currently active in the HRD department of the University Duisburg-Essen where he is responsible for the planning, implementation, and assessment of English language training programs for a staff of 2,800. Addtionally, he is responsible for coaching professors and staff in English as a Medium of Instruction. (EMI)

Ron has a B.Ed. in ESL, an MBA with a concentration in HRM / HRD, and a PhD in Organizational Psychology. 
He is also a licensed examiner and trainer for English and German (A1,A2,B1,B2,C1,C2) @ TELC. (The European Language Certificates located in Frankfurt, Germany)

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