The Joy of Play Educator’s Conference 2021
Five day virtual event from 18th to 22nd January 2021
Following on from the success of our 2019 & 2020 events, this conference is for primary and ECE teachers and other professionals with an interest in the use of play as a pedagogical tool for children’s learning. Longworth Education is excited to hold this event for 2021 in an online format to allow wider access to the conference for all interested, and enable our online attendees access to all of our guest speakers.
Celebrating learning through play at school
Online 2021 Conference details
18-22 January 2021
Register for the 2021 conference by completing the registration form on this page.
Pay directly via credit card, or request an invoice for your school
Those attending this event will have access to
3 keynote speakers
Including Tim Walker (Finland), Joseph Driessen (New Zealand) and Jason Gunn (New Zealand)
A live Q&A session
With Tim Walker from Finland, via a private Facebook group dedicated to providing networking opportunities for all delegates of the conference
ALL breakout speakers
Presenting at the event. This is an exciting offer for those who would previously only be able to participate in FOUR breakout sessions at our face to face event. These will be pre-recorded, and available ‘on-demand’ – so no need to be seated in front of your screen at a designated time, unless you choose to do so.
Access to ALL recorded presentations
For a further month after the event has concluded (recordings available until 28 February). This allows attendees to choose when they wish to listen to event material and to re-visit presentations as required.
Access to a private Facebook group
Dedicated to share ideas, network and learn from others participating in the online event.
Timothy D. Walker
Timothy D. Walker is a U.S. primary school teacher living in Espoo, Finland.
He is the author of Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms, which was translated into more than a dozen languages. His forthcoming book—co-written with Finnish scholar Pasi Sahlberg—is entitled In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools.
Inspired by his work in Finland’s schools, Timothy speaks internationally about play, trust, and joy in education.
Timothy will be presenting virtually and will be available live for a Q&A session.
Second Keynote Speaker
Joseph Driessen is the director of Education Answers, an International Educational Consultancy based in New Zealand, specialising in the professional development of teachers and parents.
Joseph focuses his research on international best teaching and parenting practices, and is much in demand as a speaker, facilitator, and education consultant.
Joseph has a number of education fields he is interested in, including the importance of understanding the learning needs of boys, the importance of the formation of secure attachment relationships by the child with both parents and teachers, the vital importance of fostering best practice teaching skills in the classroom, and the development of research based behaviour management skills by both parents and teachers.
Jason Gunn has worked in New Zealand broadcasting for almost 40 years across both radio and television. As a host, presenter, director and writer he is best known for co-hosting hit show Dancing with the Stars, and game shows The Rich List and Wheel of Fortune.
Jason got his start in children’s television, becoming a household name with Jase TV and the long running The Son of a Gunn Show, he also then hosted McDonald’s Young Entertainers.
Jason has also appeared in Celebrity Treasure Island, and most recently presented the show ‘You’re back in the room’.
Jason will close the conference with just the right sense of play to end a brain-challenging day.
– “Ubiquitous learning, on a wave of change: School vision is amplified through our play pedagogy”
Matua Ngaru School
– “Assessment in Learning through a Play Environment”
– “A Journey in Leading Play”
Coromandel Area School
– “Real teaching in a play-based setting: What does this even mean?”
– “Effective Leadership to Support, Grow & Embed Pedagogy & Philosophies of Play in the School Environment”
Principal, Oropi School
– “Supporting Teachers to Implement Play: Perspectives of RTLB, and Itinerant Support Workers”
– “Assessment in Learning through a Play Environment”
– “The Teacher is Nicer at the Park”
Epsom Normal Primary
– “Developing Literacy through Play: Creating Invitations & Story Tables”
– “Engaging Conversations: Developing Oral Language through Play”
Ed Connect NZ
– “Transitioning to School: A Deliberate & Considered Approach”
– “Sharing a Journey of Play”
Western Heights School
– “Developing Learner Foundation Skills”
– “A Healing Path through Play”
Play Therapist, New Zealand
– “Tinkering/Makerspace in the Play-Based Classroom”
– “What does Teaching and Learning through play look like in a senior school classroom?”
Willow Park School
– “Assessment in a Learning through Play Environment”
Friday 22 January 2021
"I have just had a chance to sit and watch the teaching the key competencies while kids play webinar. Thanks so much, it was very valuable for me as a beginning teacher to understand ways to be able to teach these in the classroom. I feel much more confident now to be able to pull something out from my observations of play to work on with the class and how to do this.
"I look forward to more Longworth Education webinars!"
"Your presentation was superb and had me smiling away and laughing out loud! In fact, your amazingness made me feel quite inadequate! You will be pleased to know that tomorrow afternoon Room 9 is making 'George's Marvelous Medicine' and my T.Aide is planning to have a magic oven (double-doored cardboard box oven) which produces edible fairy bread once the magical potion is put in! Let the fun begin!"
"Oh, we had so much fun making Marvelous Medicine! The poor carpet suffered under our creativity though, and we made it into the newsletter this week (because a group of girls were sharing a kids cookbook and made up a fantasy cook-off, telling everyone what group they'd be in and who out of the powers above were going to be the judges) We had a four-group bake off in the staff room, with no-bake fudge/truffle dishes. The next day The Principal and two Deputy Principals were cordially invited to judge the dishes. Oh, the squeals of delight at the judging! The children all took home cellophane parcels of all the treats. We honoured Tanvi with massive applause at the end, for taking the book out of the school library and making up the idea! How much am I enjoying the licence to follow child-led learning?
"Thank you, Longworth, for all your guidance and affirmation that we are on the right track. But most of all for leading the charge and changing the tone, under which our children can learn best! Thank goodness!"