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Kath Murdoch – What Do Great Inquiry Teachers Do?

Professional development (PD) Tasman/Nelson, Otago

Posted: 30 January 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9hFX

In this practical workshop, Kath will work with teachers to develop their understanding of what it means to be ‘an inquiry teacher’.  Teaching with an inquiry mindset changes the way we see our role and the way we see students. 

Regardless of the ‘subject area’ we may be working in or even the age group of students we may be working with – there are some powerful techniques at our disposal that help our students become the independent, curious, courageous inquirers we hope them to be.

Some guiding questions for the workshop include:

  • What learning engagements best foster inquiry?
  • How can we use our questioning techniques to help students think more deeply?
  • What kind of ‘teacher talk’ invites inquiry? What shuts in down?
  • How can we help students make better connections between learning areas, between skills and concepts and between school, home and the community?
  • How can teachers use the physical environment in ways that better stimulate and support inquiry?
  • What does inquiry teaching and learning look like at ‘lesson’ level?
  • How can we help ourselves ‘let go’ unnecessary control while maintaining rigor and purposeful learning?
  • How can we ensure we teach with courage and curiosity?

This workshop is all about teaching FOR inquiry learning.  Teachers can plan wonderful learning experiences for students but, ultimately, it is how we guide students within those experiences that makes the most difference to learning. 

Kath will use practical exercises together with recent and varied examples from the field to explore the art of inquiry teaching. 


​Nelson – 8 June, 9am–3pm.

Dunedin – 7 June, 9am–3pm.

Early bird and group booking rates available. 

Events summary


08 June 2018 – 08 June 2018


07 June 2018 – 07 June 2018

Further information

Contact: Fiona Madill

 (020) 404 91221