Saturday, May 19, 2012

June Workshop - Dealing with challenges: An open-space* workshop

3-5 pm Saturday June 16, 2012

Room 105 Injaeguan Center, Sookmyung Women's University

Do you sometimes feel like the time to share in groups at presentations and workshops is too short? Do you wish that you had more time to talk about things you’d like to talk about? If so, you might be interested in a different type of workshop.  The aim of the Seoul Chapter June workshop, with an attempt to borrow from the ideas behind "Open Space Technology," is to utilize the skills and knowledge of the participants by giving them all a chance to guide, share, and interact with each other. This will be done by asking for volunteers (on the day of the workshop) to facilitate a session on a topic of their choice related to the main theme. The facilitators need not be experts on the topic but just need to be interested in it. We can think of this event as a few simultaneous workshops that will include a chance to share what has been discussed at the end. Please come with an open mind and ready to share your challenges, ideas, experiences and successes! 

Expected Procedure:
30 minutes:  Warming up, talking about Open Space Technology, setting the scene, rules and expectations 
40 minutes: Working in groups and discussing challenges and strategies for dealing with these challenges while creating a 
10 minutes: Break 
20 minutes: Sharing conclusions and products (posters, skits, talks) from previous stage. Wrap up/Feedback.

The main theme of the workshop will be “Successfully dealing with challenges related to teaching English in Korea.” Some possible/likely specific topics include:

Classroom management 
Teaching the four skills 
Student Motivation 
Using technology in English class 
Creating community and workplace relationships

Bio: Michael Griffin has been involved in the ELT industry in Northeast Asia for 12 years as a teacher, teacher-trainer, trainer-trainer, curriculum designer, and editor at various times. He is currently Associate Editor of “The English Connection” co-facilitator of the Reflective Practice SIG. Mike presents or runs workshops around 15 times a year but is sort of sick of seeing himself at the front of the room.  
Email: michaelegriffin@gmail

More Background on Open Space Technology:

What is Open Space Technology?
Scott Thornbury writes:
Thornbury, S. (2001) Teaching Unplugged: That’s Dogme with an E. It’s for Teachers, Feb 2001

Open Space is an approach to group dynamics designed to maximise the benefits of bringing people together to address a shared issue or concern. Inspired by Owen's experience of coffee breaks as the most useful elements of conferences, it rejects delivery-mode instruction and promotes genuine interaction, peer-teaching and self-discovery. Organisers agree a general theme for a session, but there is no agenda in Open Space. Participants meet in the round and are invited to post sessions under more specific headings. People posting a session are responsible for initiating the discussion and for reporting back later. Participants sign up for different sessions and within a given time-frame people can attend one only, or go from session to session, or do nothing at all.

Guaranteed Results at an Open Space event:

1. The issues that are most important to people will get discussed.
2. The issues raised will be addressed by the participants best capable of getting something done about them.
3. All of the most important ideas, recommendations, discussions, and next steps will be documented in a report.
4. When sufficient time is allowed, the report contents will be prioritized by the group.
5. Participants will feel engaged and energized by the process.

The four principles Behind Open Space events:

1. Whoever comes is the right people
2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
3. Whenever it starts is the right time
4. When it's over, it's over

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