Session I: Philosophical Thinking in the Classroom (all grades)
Spend time under the proverbial olive tree thinking through some of life’s biggest questions - and how to bring these questions into your classroom. Learn metaphysical, epistemological, axiological and ethical question routines that can be used no matter what - or who - you teach that will help students expand their thinking about the world and their place in it. Kimberly will introduce you to some of the latest ideas coming from PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) and connect you to resources that will spark student inquiry.
Session II: Powerful Conversation Routines (MS / HS)
Inquiry classrooms ask that teachers periodically step back and allow students to lead conversations. But what happens when the same six students tend to dominate every discussion? How do you encourage students who may be too intimidated to jump in, or don’t know how? How do you manage students who haven’t completed readings, or seem apathetic towards the content? Have you wanted to explore ways to get students talking more and asking questions beyond the Socratic Seminar, but just haven’t had the time to look into them yet? If you are nodding your head, this is your session! Join Kimberly as she demonstrates new, powerful conversation routines and models ways to help MS/HS students feel seen, heard, respected in classroom discussions.
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.
Kimberly Mitchell
Kimberly is a passionate inquiry-based teaching researcher and practitioner with thirty years of experience in education. She currently teaches at the University of Washington in the College of Education and runs Inquiry Partners, a global professional development company. She has lived and worked in the United States, Ecuador, Greece, and Argentina as an Elementary and Middle Teacher, a High School and Elementary School Principal, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Program Director at Teach for All. A graduate of Stanford University’s Education Administration & Policy program, Kimberly is also the author of Experience Inquiry, former Chair of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Americas Regional Board, and a two-time nominee for the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
CAD 500 Per Participant Closing Date 1st April 2023