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Scissors and Crayons and Glue – Oh My! Leading Very Young Learners Through Classes and Projects

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Teaching very young learners can be very rewarding, and yet it’s also very different to teaching primary school-age or older students. To lead very young learners successfully and productively in class and through project work, we need to take account of the large variations in ability across the VYL age ranges as well as the developmental needs of their whole person. In this session, we will briefly look at some of the typical age-based differences in the physical, socio-emotional and cognitive & language areas. We will also share a lot of best practices regarding what to focus on for your students’ development AND discuss methods and tips for making you successful in the VYL classroom. As much as possible, we will try to show you (not just tell you) how this can be done.


Andrew Tiffany is a Teacher Trainer for National Geographic Learning currently based in Taipei.  Andrew’s degrees are in physics and he has been working in education his entire adult life, beginning as a teacher of physics and math at university.  Later, he taught EFL and ELA for preschool, primary and high school students, and has worked over 10 years as trainer at schools and businesses in Asia.  He has worked with or trained thousands of teachers and likes to do so because, through them, he can help even more students around the world.  When possible, he still teaches school students in his free time. 


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