Getting Personal: Amplifying Learner Agency

A Seminar for Primary School Teachers
Presented by Kath Murdoch

This workshop is designed for teachers who want to take inquiry further and who believe in the power of personal passions!

 “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 in itself, 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.  In this sense, inquiry has always been an approach that nurtured learner agency but this can be amplified when learners can pursue the questions, interests, problems and wonders that matter to them.

Teachers who use an inquiry based approach are committed to helping learners ‘learn to learn’ and 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? And why is this so important?  

This workshop is all about supporting learners to design, pursue and assess their own journeys of inquiry and how these pathways sit alongside shared inquiries. 

We will explore the following questions with practical tasks and lots of recent examples from classrooms:

  • Why is personal inquiry important? What’s our purpose?
  • What is the teacher’s role in this and how can we apply quality conferring skills to scaffolding learner thinking in connection with their personal investigations.
  • What can ‘personal inquiry’ look like as learners move through the school?
  • How can we help learners identify their interests? How can we inspire wonderment and curiosity?
  • How can we help learners design effective questions for their investigations?
  • How can we make sure personal inquiry time is not simply “doing projects” or ‘free play’? How do we help learners challenge themselves and go beyond the known?
  • What skills and dispositions do learners need to make this work? How can we teach these?
  • How can we make this manageable? What systems and routines and classroom set ups make it work?
  • How can we involve the wider community and communicate the importance of this practice to parents?
  • What resources are available to support this way of working?

This workshop would best suit teachers who already have some understanding of inquiry and are using this approach in some form in their school. 

We also recommend you come with at least one other colleague so you can collaborate on an action plan for your return to school.

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Completing ‘Inquiry Learning: The Whats, the Whys and the Hows’ will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 2.5.2, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 3.5.2, 3.6.2, 5.1.2, 5.2.2, 5.3.2, 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Register a Group & Save
Register 5 or more delegates and pay $230.00 per person

Seminar Program
Registration 8.30am – 9.00am Seminar 9.00am – 3.00pm

Seminar Seminar Date Location Fee Register
Getting Personal: Amplifying Learner Agency Thu 18 March 21 NSW - Homebush - Waterview Convention Centre $270.00

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