A workshop for teachers who want to take inquiry further and who believe in the power of personal passions!
Presented by Kath Murdoch
"Whatever your circumstances, you need to find time to be in your element - to do what gives you energy rather than what takes it from you." Ken Robinson, 2013

There has been growing interest in 'personalized learning' for many years now. Increasingly, schools are making arrangements to provide more opportunities for learners to learn to be self-directed and to have their needs and interests met through the curriculum. An inquiry-based approach is an approach that recognizes the importance of learner voice and choice and of linking new learning to the existing knowledge, experiences and interests of the learner.

Teachers who use an inquiry-based approach are committed to helping learners 'learn to learn' and to equipping them with the skills and dispositions to more independently investigate questions, problems, issues and interests. But what opportunities do we give learners to do this beyond the "units of inquiry" we may develop? How can we provide learners with real opportunities to follow their passions and to truly inquire into those things that matter to them? How can we do this in a way that is not overwhelming for learners or for educators! And why is this so important? What is the role of the educator in a more personalized inquiry experience?
We will investigate a range of ways that inquiry can be made more personally meaningful to learners. Importantly, this does not mean we abandon opportunities to inquire together. Both personal and collaborative inquiries can be woven into the school year.

We will explore the following questions with practical tasks and lots of recent examples from classrooms:
  • Why is personal inquiry important? What's our purpose?
  • What is the teacher's role in this and how can we apply quality conferring skills to scaffolding learner thinking in connection with their personal investigations.
  • What can 'personal inquiry' look like as learners move through the school?
  • How can we help learners identify their interests? How can we inspire wonderment and curiosity?
  • How can we help learners design effective questions for their investigations?
  • How can we make sure personal inquiry time is appropriately stretching? How do we help learners challenge themselves and go beyond the known?
  • What skills and dispositions do learners need to make this work? How can we teach these?
  • How can we make this manageable? What systems and routines and classroom set ups make it work?
  • What resources are available to support this way of working?
Participants will return to school with a simple, doable action plan to implement over a few weeks and we will come together again on line for a follow up session where we will share learning and have the opportunity to ask further questions.

This workshop would best suit teachers who already have some understanding of inquiry and are using this approach in some form in their school. I would also recommend you come with at least one other colleague so you can collaborate on an action plan for your return to school.
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 led 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 specialises 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 feeds 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.

10th, 23rd October, 7th, 20th November 2024

Each Session is for 2 Hours

10th, 23rd October 2024
London 7:30 am | Zurich 8:30 am | Dubai 10:30 am | India 12:00 pm | Hong Kong 2:30 pm | Melbourne 5:30 pm

7th, 20th November 2024
London 6:30 am | Zurich 7:30 am | Dubai 10:30 am | India 12:00 pm | Hong Kong 2:30 pm | Melbourne 5:30 pm

This workshop will be not recorded.

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USD 500 Per Participant
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development Hours
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