Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning-Auckland Workshop with Kath Murdoch

Professional development (PD) New Zealand (nationwide), Auckland, Waikato

Posted: 30 June 2021
Notice reference #: 1HAMfQ

A  workshop for teachers in primary/middle years who want to take inquiry further and who believe in the power of personal passions!

Participants in this workshop will receive excerpts from Kath’s upcoming book “Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning”

“ 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 ‘personalised 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?

In this workshop, 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.

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

12 October 2021 – 12 October 2021

Auckland

12 October 2021 – 12 October 2021

Waikato

12 October 2021 – 12 October 2021