In-Person Workshop
Across the world, there continues to be a growing interest in approaches to teaching and learning that not only help students develop important understandings and skills, but equips them with the dispositions necessary for a life of learning and active citizenship. Inquiry is an approach designed to nurture curiosity and engage students in the investigation of questions and problems that are rich and relevant as well as providing a context in which to meet curriculum expectations. Pivotal to the success of an inquiry approach however, is the deliberate cultivation of attitudes and character traits that enable students to effectively apply, sustain and deepen their inquiries. Students need ‘learning power’ to inquire most effectively.

For many years, Guy Claxton and Kath Murdoch have been interested in the way their respective approaches (learning power and Inquiry) complement, enhance, and even challenge each other. Whether you are interested in strengthening your skill set in designing, teaching, and assessing through inquiry OR you want to explore ways to build your students’ capacity to be strong learners - or both - then this workshop is not to be missed!

Following the success of this event in New Zealand in 2022, Kath and Guy are thrilled to be presenting this day-long workshop in London this coming October, hosted by Chapters International. It is a rare opportunity to see them sparking off each other. It is Guy’s first UK workshop since before Covid so catch them both now!
Broad overview of the day
Session 1
Introductions and scene setting: what is the future of school? How is the purpose of school shifting and what does that mean for what we do, on a daily basis, as teachers? What is the learning power approach? How do we think about and priorities dispositions as we teach? Why is this work so critical for our young people? How are schools applying this work around the world?
Session 2
Busting some myths about inquiry-based learning. What does it really mean to design for learning through a lens of inquiry? Why is inquiry the perfect vehicle for developing learning power? How can we plan, teach and assess through inquiry in a way that mindfully builds our student’s learning power? What does this look like in the classroom?
Session 3
Let’s do it! In this session, educators will have the opportunity to work on strategies and approaches that are immediately applicable to their classrooms. We will also provide plenty of opportunities for discussion, questions, and reflections on our thinking throughout the day.
Guy Claxton is a cognitive scientist with a long-standing passion for bringing the mind sciences to bear on the improvement of schools. His main research interest is in the expandability of human intelligence in all its forms: intellectual, practical, social, emotional and spiritual. His latest academic book is Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks, published by Yale University Press. His research has impacted on education through a series of books that include What's the Point of School?, Building Learning Power, Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning, and (with Bill Lucas) New Kinds of Smart and Expansive Education. His latest book, The Learning Power Approach: Teaching Learners to Teach Themselves, with a foreword by Professor Carol Dweck, was published worldwide in November 2017. His Building Learning Power approach has been influential in schools in many countries including Ireland, Poland, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile, as well as throughout the UK. Guy is a much sought-after international speaker, being a regular keynote speaker at the famous International Conferences on Thinking.

Guy has a ‘double first’ in Natural Sciences from Cambridge, and a DPhil in Experimental Psychology from Oxford. He has been Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Bristol and Co-Founder of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester, UK. He is currently Visiting Professor of Education at King’s College London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts. He is married to Judith Nesbitt, a director of the UK’s Tate Galleries. They live in a converted 15th century barn in Sussex, 40 miles south of London.
Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant who has worked for many years in schools throughout the world. With a focus on early childhood and primary education, she is widely respected as a leader in the field of inquiry based learning and integrative curriculum in which she has taught, researched and published for over 30 years.

Kath began her professional life as a classroom teacher in Melbourne, Australia. Her fascination in how students constructed their understandings - and her interest in the way questions and big ideas could drive curriculum soon lead to a passion for integrative and inquiry-based methodologies. This passion has become a career-long focus for teaching, research and writing and the methodologies in which Kath specializes are now central to curriculum frameworks in many parts of the world - including the popular International Baccalaureate, PYP program.

Critical to Kath's success is her continued involvement in classroom teaching. Whether it is to demonstrate techniques, coach teachers or build her own repertoire of practices, Kath is committed to regular and ongoing work with students. Her classroom work and research feed a dynamic and ever-evolving expertise in the area of integrative and inquiry-based learning.

Kath's professional development offerings are diverse. They range from intensive partnerships with schools to develop inquiry programs and practices over several years through to one-day workshops for beginning or experienced inquiry teachers. Whether in her home town of Melbourne or on the other side of the world, working with a team or speaking to a packed auditorium Kath's style is refreshingly practical, inclusive and always connected to the real world of teaching.
American School of London

Address: 1 Waverley Pl, London NW8 0NP, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7449 1200

9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Registration at 8.30 am
on the 14th of October 2023


Please find the Agenda for the one-day workshop below:
Saturday, 14th October 2023
  • 08:30 - Registration
  • 09:00 - 11:00 - Session 1
  • 11:00 - 11:30 - Coffee Break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 - Session 2
  • 13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 - Session 3
USD 475 Per Participant
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 8 Professional Development hours, Lunch and coffee breaks.
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