Session 1: Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning:
(K-8) 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 investigate questions, problems, issues and interests. But what opportunities do we give learners to do this beyond the “units of inquiry” we 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? In this session, Kath will share examples of the ways in which educators around the world are designing opportunities for learners to find and explore the questions that matter to them. From play based contexts in the early years to powerful passion projects for older learners, we will explore some of the keys to success in personal inquiry.
Session 2: The Art of Inquiry Teaching: Powering up our Pedagogy: (all levels):
How do inquiry teachers teach? This workshop shines the spotlight on the complex, fascinating experience of teaching through, for and as inquiry. It explores the relationship between the ‘moves’ we make in the classroom and the impact on student learning. Based on Kath’s popular resource ‘The Art of Inquiry Teaching’, this session invites teachers to think more deeply about what they do and say throughout the day to help position learners as agents of their own learning. Kath will share the ten practices (including questioning, thinking big, cultivating curiosity and releasing responsibility) with strategies to amplify each one. Every teacher will walk away with something to strengthen their pedagogical repertoire.
Day 1
  • 7.30 am to 8.30 am - Registration

  • 8.30 am - Introductions & Housekeeping

  • 8.40 am to 9.40 am - Keynote

  • 9.40 am to 10.15 am - Morning Tea

  • 10.15 am to 11.45 am - Session 1

  • 12.00 pm to 1.30 pm - Session 2

  • 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm - Lunch

  • 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm - Session 3
Day 2
  • 7.30 am to 8.30 am - Breakfast

  • 8.30 am to 10.00 am - Session 4

  • 10.00 am to 10.30 am - Morning tea

  • 10.30 am to 12.00 pm - Session 5

  • 12.15 pm to 1.30 pm - Panel Session with closing
This will be followed by 7 one hour online Q & A sessions.
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 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.
CAD 500 Per Participant Closing Date 1st April 2023