Teach academic subjects through play, movement and multisensory games in a fun and effective way! 

Practise new concepts to optimise learning and explore the wonders of Iceland on our 7 day course with outstanding Icelandic trainers.
  • Designed by teachers for teachers.
  • Activities tried, tested and approved by teachers and their children.
  • Methodology renowned internationally.
  • Innovative, effective and easy to apply.

Play to Learn More (PTLM) methodology is developed by Kristín Einarsdóttir a physical education and primary teacher from Iceland.  This Icelandic teaching approach is inspired by sports and mindfulness activities and encourages multi-modal learning incorporating visual, auditory, reading and writing and kinesthetic learning styles among others.  It is a holistic teaching method which is aimed for learners aged between 2 and 9 years old however can easily be adapted for older learners. 

Recent research shows that children move a lot less than they should and at the same time the pressure on teachers to show top academic results with a class of students with different needs is increasing.  Using the PTLM approach has proven to increase both students’ and teachers’ well-being and performance in the classroom.  As a holistic approach, it enables students to work on cognitive, physical and social competences simultaneously.  The wide range of physical and sensory activities you will experience on the course will give you valuable tools to meet your students’ different needs when teaching academic concepts in the classroom. 

PTLM methodology can be used as your main teaching approach or it can be used to compliment other teaching methodology.

The sessions on this course are highly practical and teachers experience the activities first-hand.  Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the sessions and adapt activities to suit their specific settings. 

THE ACTIVITIES FOCUS ON:

  • Encouraging physical activity whilst learning.
  • Increasing well-being inside and outside the classroom.
  • Recognising and building on student and teacher strengths.
  • Experiencing a huge bank of games and gamification techniques to take away!

COURSE AIMS:

  • To introduce the ideology behind PTLM and observe first-hand how the project is working in local schools in Iceland.
  • To give participants a close-up and personal insight into the Icelandic school system.
  • To give teachers new perspectives and approaches to teaching academic concepts through physical, multisensory and mindful activities.
  • To explore how we can teach personal, social and communication skills alongside academic skills.
  • To give first-hand experience and the tools to promote health and well-being.
  • To give teachers the opportunity to share successful activities they use in their own school/country so we can learn from each other.
  • To help teachers plan the vision for their ‘Play to Learn More’ classroom with time to reflect on their individual schools and plan realistic steps for implementation and success.
  • To have fun, share experiences and learn from like-minded teachers from different countries.
  • To continue growing our network of teachers and schools from all over Europe and beyond!

OUTSTANDING TRAINERS:

Kristín is a qualified P.E., yoga and mindfulness teacher from Iceland. She is also the founder and author of the acclaimed teaching method Play to Learn More where academic subjects are combined with play, movement and mindfulness activities to optimise learning. Her passion is to train as many teachers as possible in the method in order to ensure that students everywhere can benefit from the powerful experience of physical and mindful learning activities.

Kristin and her team work with over 30 schools in Iceland and have organised educational courses and conferences for more than 5,000 teachers in Iceland, Norway, Spain, Croatia, Poland and the UK.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE EDUCATION SECTOR:

This course offers learning opportunities for professionals across the education sector including: Preschool teachers; Primary teachers; Special Needs teachers; Foreign Language teachers; and Subject teachers involved in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) projects at multilingual schools. It is also a great opportunity to practise and improve your own English skills in practical contexts.

VISIT ICELANDIC SCHOOLS:

As part of the course and with your Icelandic hosts, you will have the opportunity to visit Icelandic schools at each educational stage. You will witness, first-hand, how Iceland, with only 330,000 inhabitants, produces so many well-known athletes and artists. You will see how outdoors, sport and practical subjects, such as home economics, woodwork and art, are given the same priority as academic subjects at all stages of education.

SHARING GOOD PRACTICE AND NETWORKING:

We also provide the opportunity to share good practice during the course so we can learn from each other and find partners for future projects: KA1 projects, job shadowing opportunities and/or KA229 projects.

TEACHER WELL-BEING:

One of our priorities while you spend your valuable time with us in Iceland is your well-being. Every teacher is important to us and we want you to feel valued and comfortable throughout your stay. As well as the extra activities we provide as part of the course fee (see below), we work hard to ensure you have a really good time. We ensure lots of team-building and “get to know you” activities from day one and our courses are dynamic and fun-packed. We are genuine Icelandic hosts so you will get the real Icelandic experience and we are renowned to look after our teachers really well.

AS PART OF THE COURSE WE ALSO PROVIDE:

• Morning refreshments
• A dinner party experience at a local Icelandic home
• Post dinner trip to chase the Northern Lights (autumn and winter)
• Visit to the local swimming pool and hot tubs
• Course material
• Certificate of attendance

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND SIGHTSEEING:

Join us on our own tailor-made local tour of amazing Iceland with our SMART TEACHERS PLAY MORE TOUR PACKAGE for both participants and their families! A great way to enjoy the wonders of Iceland, network and get to know your new European friends.

ACCOMMODATION:

Don’t miss out on our EXCLUSIVE PARTICIPANT DISCOUNT VOUCHERS for a brand new trendy hotel we work with close to our course centre!

COURSE DATES:

10.10.2021 > 16.10.2021

07.11.2021 > 13.11.2021

06.02.2022 > 12.02.2022

06.03.2022 > 12.03.2022

13.03.2022 > 19.03.2022

03.04.2022 > 09.04.2022

08.05.2022 > 14.05.2022

12.06.2022 > 18.06.2022

10.07.2022 > 16.07.2022

17.07.2022 > 23.07.2022

07.08.2022 > 13.08.2022

21.08.2022 > 27.08.2022

02.10.2022 > 08.10.2022

09.10.2022 > 15.10.2022

06.11.2022 > 12.11.2022

13.11.2022 > 19.11.2022

05.02.2023 > 11.02.2023

05.03.2023 > 11.03.2023

12.03.2023 > 18.03.2023

02.04.2023 > 08.04.2023

07.05.2023 > 13.05.2023

11.06.2023 > 17.06.2023

09.07.2023 > 15.07.2023

16.07.2023 > 22.07.2023

06.08.2023 > 12.08.2023

13.08.2023 > 19.08.2023

01.10.2023 > 07.10.2023

08.10.2023 > 14.10.2023

05.11.2023 > 11.11.2023

12.11.2023 > 18.11.2023