“When concepts are emphasised over content, there is no limit to the range of topics that students may investigate through a conceptual lens.” Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts Tania Lattanzio and Andrea Muller

This interactive online workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to understand the role of conceptual inquiry. It will examine what concepts are and look at how to plan for conceptual inquiry so that concepts become the language and focus of the learning. Concepts will be put into action through providing participants with examples, strategies and formats that they can use and apply in their own situation. Ensuring that all feel more confident when planning, teaching and assessing concepts.
Session 1 – 2 hours
  • Why teach conceptually?
  • What is a concept?
  • What is the difference between teaching conceptually and teaching through facts?
  • How do we develop meaningful conceptual units of learning?
Session 2 – 2 hours
  • What are the principles of planning and why are they important?
  • What is the conceptual inquiry planning process?
  • How do we plan for deep conceptual learning?
  • How can we follow student interests and questions in connection to conceptual learning?
Session 3 – 2 hours
  • What is deep learning and how does it promote conceptual understanding?
  • What is a conceptual learning experience and how does it promote deep learning?
  • How do we assess conceptual understanding using a rubric of understanding?
  • What is the role of authentic assessment in conceptual learning?
Session 4 – 2 hours
  • What is the role of formative assessment in conceptual understanding?
  • What is the role of the environment, teacher and student in conceptual learning?
  • What is the role of skills in conceptual learning?
  • Reflecting on our new learning – putting ideas into action
Workshop Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of conceptual learning
  • Deepen our understanding of how to put concepts at the forefront of our planning, learning and assessing
  • Apply examples, strategies and formats introduced in the workshop into our teaching and learning
  • Feel more confident in using concepts in our planning, learning and assessing
  • A padlet will be used throughout the workshop where resources, examples and ideas will be shared with participants.
Potential Audience
This workshop is suitable for teachers, curriculum coordinators, team leaders, leadership from K-8.
Tania Lattanzio
Tania Lattanzio is an experienced international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role she works as an educational consultant throughout the world.

This role involves developing and conducting professional learning for teachers and leadership, modelling pedagogy in classrooms and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment.

A key focus of Tania's work is developing and designing conceptual curriculum for schools, this work involves conceptualising curriculum across subject areas and year levels. This also involves equipping teachers with ideas and strategies to ensure that the learning has a conceptual focus.

An advocate of inquiry, she works with educators to provide students with an education that is purposeful, meaningful and relevant to their lives, where students have opportunities to be motivated and have agency of their learning.

A passionate educator Tania works closely with educational settings to specifically meet their needs through supporting school reform, making significant shifts in pedagogy and developing conceptual curriculum frameworks in both local and international settings. Tania has worked with schools and teachers from early childhood through to high school.
Lattanzio, Tania and Muller, Andrea. Taking the Complexity out of Concepts. Hawker Brownlow Education, 2015.

Lattanzio, Tania, and Andrea Muller. “What Is a Concept?: A Fresh Look at Teaching Factual Information.” Childhood Education, vol. 93, no. 5, Mar. 2017, pp. 410–419.

Lattanzio, Tania. 'The parents' voice' in “Chapter 11 Parents on the Learning Journey.” Journeys in Learning Across Frontiers, Edited Nancy Forster, International Baccalaureate, 2012.

9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th October 2021
Each Session is for 2 Hours
London 8:00 am | Zurich 9:00 am | Dubai 11:00 am | India 12:30 pm | Hong Kong 3:00 pm | Melbourne 6:00 pm

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USD 400 Per Participant
USD 350 Per Participant for a Group of 4
USD 300 Per Participant for a Group of 10
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development Hours
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