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Wednesday, August 26 • TBA
The Joy of Knowing More Than One Language: Bilingual Thinking in Multicultural Classrooms

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The session will focus on how the Joy of Not Knowing (JONK) philosophy of education and of school leadership uses a learning to learn approach to the curriculum that instills, in all pupils, a love of learning and of thinking creatively, critically and philosophically.

The session will demonstrate how the JONK approach embraces the international and multicultural aspects that every individual brings to the classroom and uses this to promote the ability for students to think creatively and problem solve using aspects of all the languages they speak or have knowledge of. It has been shown that if students are able to use more than one language to think through a process they benefit enormously from a cognitive and from a motivational perspective.

A multilingual and multicultural classroom learning environment has also been shown to benefit and enrich the experiences of all students in the class, even if they are monolingual. The session will provide participants with a number of easy to implement strategies that will enable them to create a bilingual approach to their teaching and learning routine and place the multicultural richness of the class at the heart of the curriculum and classroom ethos.

Start Thinking (Imaginative Minds, 2005)
The Joy of Not Knowing (Routledge, 2020, in press)

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Marcelo Staricoff

Author and Consultant, JONK Thinking and Learning Ltd
Creator of the 'Joy of Not Knowing' (JONK), founder and director of JONKTL after a career as a Primary Teacher and Headteacher. Author of 'Start Thinking' and the forthcoming 'Joy of Not Knowing' books. Consultant, Associate Lecturer at the University of Sussex, Fellow of the Chartered... Read More →

Wednesday August 26, 2020 TBA
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