SELF Conf-3

The Teacher Who Lived
Online conference for practitioners

April, 17 - in Russian
April, 18 - in English

A practical conference - for professional growth and experience exchange

2020 has been a challenge for many, but particularly for teachers. We had to adapt and adjust to the new reality and massive teaching online, with the same or even higher expectations from us. It's high time we worked through what we have learned and achieved during this time.

SELF
is a project for teachers from Russia and this is the third conference we are organising. We are expecting professionals who want to celebrate with us a year of conscious living and teaching in the times of Corona virus and share the lessons we have learned from this experience.

This time the topics include:
- theory and practice of self-care
- soft skills for teaching
- planning and time-management
- life-hacks (personal experience)
- anti-burnout
- motivation and personal efficiency

The event will take place on
April, 18 in English on Zoom.
For the conference day on April, 17 in Russian please check this page.

Our speakers:

Marina Yesipenko
Doctorant at Charles University (Prague)
English teacher, CELTA, IHCYLT and Delta
Teachers going back to.... sleep

Sleep... Most of us have no idea that it takes a third of our lives. But, most importantly, we have no idea that depriving ourselves of this activity may have dramatic mental and physical consequences. How does it refer to teachers? Ask yourself when was the last week you had a decent 7-8-hour sleep for 7 days in a row? If you find it hard to remember, please, join our discussion on what effects the lack of sleep might have, how to improve the quality of sleep and how to plan proper sleep into your teaching routine
Tanya Livarda
EFL teacher, oral examiner (Greece)
MA in TESOL, Delta(M3), Celta

Time goes by so fast..and now what?

The teacher's job is considered to be as one of the most challenging and tiring ones. No matter how fulfilled we feel because we shape minds and we train human beings to be the best they can be, time is often against us. One of the major causes of burnout is that we don't have enough time to do all the things we want to. In this talk, I'm going to give some of the reasons why we feel we don't have time and then some practical solutions will be given, based on my experience, on how we can manage our time effectively.
Anna Gorizontova
Regional Manager for PeopleCert International Ltd.
Lecturer at MA course in Language Assessment in MISIS University

Emotional Intelligence in Teaching Profession

Emotional intelligence (EQ) has been one of the buzz words in theory and practice of Leadership for several decades. However, EQ approaches are not that widely used outside of this particular area of business and management training. If we look closer at five key elements of EQ - self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social skills - we will see that Emotional Intelligence has a much wider appeal. In my session we will discuss how mastering EQ can help to succeed in the teaching profession and look at the importance of building the right balance between the above 5 elements.
André Hedlund
edcrocks.com
Chevening Alumnus (MSc in Psychology of Education - University of Bristol); an educational consultant, materials reviewer, member of the BRAZ-TESOL Mind, Brain, and Education SIG
Be like Captain Marvel: A Tale about the Power of Emotions

If you're a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I am sure you know about Captain Marvel. Her story is the perfect example of how we can achieve more when we embrace the fact that we are not only about cognition. Humans are about emotion as well. In this talk, I will go over the reason why emotions are at the heart of learning and why we should welcome our emotional state to lead a better and healthier life.

Katerina Panfilova
SELF
English teacher, creative trainer, anti-burnout coach, certified playback-theatre practitioner
Trinity CertTESOL
People management for teaching

Do you know how to approach colleagues and students in the best way? People management allows teachers to develop a deeper understanding of what people we have to work with need for motivation and self-realisation. As teachers, we often talk about individual approach, but is is actually what we practice? In this talk I’ll tell you how to build a strategy that will fit into your working conditions and how to develop your own people management skills.

Lisa Shichkova
ESL Teacher, mindfulness teacher, Qualified MBSR trainer



Managing Stress with Mindfulness

What is stress? How can mindfulness support us in times of uncertainty? This session will give a you chance to discover basic tools of mindfulness when managing stress. The session will also include a 15-minute practice, which is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced practitioners. Just drop in!

Antoine Marcq
Co-founder of the teacher platform Resource Education and the English language center English Connection. He specialises in developing advanced communication skills and accurate fluency. His mission is to provide teachers with the materials and training to excel in their field.

Motivating Messaging

"The glass is half-empty" says the pessimist. "The glass is half-full" says the optimist. Which one are you? Can we be really summarize so plainly? The reality is simply that we can all be subject to different moods depending on everything going on around us. Can we develop soft skills to shield us from the negative things around us? Can we apply those skills to our English classes and help student develop those in parallel to their English? In this practical workshop, we are going to explore the communication skill of Motivating Messaging or how to deliver a message that engages to action.
Ana Jereb
a DELTA qualified English teacher and a CELTA trainer.
Ana's interests include languages and linguistics, reading, traveling, and how to make the world a better place!
Who is being silenced in the classroom?

The session will focus on Critical Pedagogy and the Participatory Approach. The participants will be given questions to examine their current classroom practices in view of specific considerations, such as 'language is a political act', world Englishes and which English 'should' be taught, English as Lingua Franca and native vs non-native teachers question, identity and power relations (which 'normality' is shown in the materials we use?), plurilingualism and multicompetence (are we teachers unwittingly creating the idea that our students shouldn't be using their other languages and competencies when communicating in English?), hidden curriculum, power language, and various literacies. The participants will also be presented with the techniques of Dialoguing and Problem posing which can be used in the classroom. By the end of the presentation, teachers will have a list of ideas to consider when planning and teaching lessons that encourage a fairer, more inclusive world.
Elena Dulova
CAE, TKT, TKT YL, Celt-p, CELTA, DELTA M1 certified specialist. Going to do DELTA module 2 in June 2021 in Rostov on Don
Managing the Covid 19 lockdown stress

Based on my own experience I'll share the hacks on how to keep mental and physical health up to the level and even higher.

Paola Francesi
Language trainer, certified neurolanguage coach, mindfulness pratitioner
Mindfulness Matters - Awakening the mindful self

I am truly grateful for this opportunity to share my very own personal experience of burn out and how that made me discover the benefits of Mindfulness. In addition to that, there will be some sharing of some powerful quotes and tales inspired by the Buddhist tradition (and a short meditation).
I would also like to analyse the challenges of the current times, provide some simple, yet effective tools that it is possible to apply in order to be happier and more fulfilled. Finally, some empo
wering benefits of the power of the here and now.

The conference starts at 10 am (+3 gmt) on April, 18

Programme of SELF Conf-3

Day 2 of the conference by Project SELF
9.45-10 am
(+3 gmt Moscow time)
Good morning!
Welcome and small talk

Part 1 where we focus on managing emotions and self-care
10 am -10.45 am
Anna Gorizontova
Emotional Intelligence in Teaching Profession
10.45-11 am
Elena Dulova
Managing the Covid 19 lockdown stress
11 am - 11.30 am
Paola Francesi
Mindfulness Matters - Awakening the mindful self
11.30 am - 12 pm
Marina Yesipenko
Teachers going back to.... sleep
12 pm - 12.15
Coffee Break
A short break for a small chat and catching the breath

Part 2 where we talk about different aspects of management referring to soft skills
12.15 - 12.45 pm
(+ 3 gmt Moscow time)
Lisa Shichkova
Managing Stress with Mindfulness
12.45 pm - 1.15 pm
Tanya Livarda
Time goes by so fast..and now what?
1.15-2 pm
Ana Jereb
Who is being silenced in the classroom?
2 pm - 2.30
Lunch break
Let's take some rest and get back with full energy

Part 3 where we discuss motivation from different angles
2.30-3.15 pm
(+ 3 gmt Moscow time)
Antoine Marcq
Motivating Messaging
3.15-3.45 pm
Katerina Panfilova
People management for teaching
3.45-4.30 pm
André Hedlund
Be like Captain Marvel: A Tale about the Power of Emotions
4.30-4.45 pm
Final sharing and closure of SELF Conf
Let's share and finalise the conference with words of gratitude and hopes to meet again
Who is the conference for?

We invite:

- Teachers, trainers, freelancers and educators who have started thinking about self-care

- ELT-practitioners who already train soft skills in themselves and in their students

- Modern teachers who are interested in sharing practicalities and advice with like-minded colleagues

- Language schools and centres owners, top-managers and academic directors who care about their teachers

- Practitioners of related occupations who want to network and exchange

How to participate in SELF Conf-3?

I'll support you!
- participation online on April, 18
- materials on all talks
My special choice!
- participation online on April, 18
- materials on all talks
- 2 video-recordings of your choice
- a guide for better navigation
I'll take it all!
- participation online on April, 18
- materials on all talks
- video-recordings of all talks
- all presentations
- a road map for the whole pack
- a certificate of attendance

Tech support (how to pay step-by-step guide)

Dear colleagues, we understand that it is a linguistic challenge for you because of our bank's language restrictions. We prepared a photo-guide for you to help you pay for your participation in SELF Conf-3 conference in case you don't speak Russian:
1) When you choose your option for participation, you'll see this symbol in the left down corner of the screen. Click it.
2) You'll see your pre-order page with your chosen option and price in local currency (Rubles). Press the big button down for the next step.
The next page is for leaving contacts before you actually pay.
3) This is the page for the contacts. We need your name and e-mail which we will use to send you the link to the conference and all the necessary information. Our banking system requires a phone number, but you can insert any random number. Press the big button for the secure payment page.
4) You'll see the secure payment page. Translate the page into English language using the button in the upper right corner. Click the symbol.
5) Now you can see the page in English!

    SELF Conf-3 organisers:

    SELF is a project for modern teachers. We offer online courses on soft skills and master-mind sessions, open events and consulting for teachers and language schools.
    In our community, we have created a safe space to receive and give support and advice. Once a month we organise a free online meet-up in English - Random SELFcare Coffee, where we network and talk about self-care practices.

    Our previous conferences (in Russian only):

    "Как учителю заботиться о себе." 17 июня 2020
    "Забота о себе и soft skills для преподавателей". 31 августа 2020


    SELF Conf-3 organisers:
    SELF Conf-3 Day 1, April 17 2021

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