Introductory Session


Workshop 1: on Monday June 5, at 13:15-16:30, room D505
Workshop 2: on Wednesday June 7, at 9:15-12:30, room D505


Submitted by

Janice Elich Monroe, Ph.D, Ithaca College, USA



Workshop 1 / Opening Session: Curiosity and Openness
What does this phrase mean and how does it apply to our professional development?

This session will be an exploration of the role of curiosity and openness in professional development. We will investigate the pivotal moments in our lives and determine the contributing factors that made these events (both positive and negative) unfold as they did. After this we will explore how this information impacts our effectiveness as teachers and how we can apply this knowledge in the classroom. A variety of teaching techniques will be utilized.


Workshop 2
Did Curiosity kill the cat? What do we need to do to bring it back?

Curiosity killed the cat,
But Satisfaction brought it back.

In the US, there is a saying that “curiosity killed the cat” (uteliaisuus tappoi kissan). This phrase was actually derived from the expression, “Care killed the cat. It is said that a cat has nine lives, but care would wear them all out” (Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable,1898). Care and/or worry are frequently associated with creating stress.

As teachers, we are responsible for the well-being of our students. Both students and teachers encounter numerous stressors throughout their educational experiences. This session will explore the impact of chronic stress and its role in epigenetics on both students and teachers. Utilizing the BREATH Pathway as a conceptual model, we will explore ways in which we can develop healthy learning environments for ourselves and various age groups. Through experiential learning approaches we will find a way to bring the cat back.



Dr. Janice Elich Monroe, CTRS is currently an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Service at Ithaca College. In this role she teaches upper level recreational therapy courses and as the Recreational Therapy Clinical Supervisor at the Center for Life Skills a post rehabilitation interdisciplinary learning laboratory for stroke survivors.

She received her Ph.D. in Urban Services/Education Administration from Old Dominion University in 1991, her Masters Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois in 1981, and her Bachelors of Science Degree in Recreation from the University of Southern Colorado in 1976.

Her current areas of research and study include contemplative practices for education and rehabilitation purposes, faculty burnout and development, gerontology, and play. She is interested and active in the establishments of international collaborations and faculty exchanges.