28
Jul
2020

Inquiry Learning: The Whats, the Whys and the Hows

Tue 28 July 20
ON-LINE ZOOM Workshop
$270.00
Inquiry Learning: The Whats, the Whys and the Hows

An interactive, online workshop for Primary School Teachers
Presented by Kath Murdoch 

Due to the current NSW-VIC border closure, this workshop will now be available to a limited audience as an interactive, online event.

This on-line workshop will address:

  • Why use an inquiry based approach?
  • How can we adopt an inquiry ‘stance’ in our teaching across the day?
  • What is the role of the teacher in the inquiry classroom? Where does ‘explicit teaching’ fit into the picture?
  • What does inquiry learning ‘look like’ in the classroom?
  • How is the inquiry classroom organised? How to we curate the space?
  • How can we use an inquiry approach while remaining accountable to the curriculum?
  • What does an inquiry based lesson entail?
  • How do we collaboratively plan/design extended journeys (units) for inquiry learning?
  • How can an inquiry approach help us make connections across the curriculum?
  • What strategies can we add to our repertoire to strengthen our inquiry-based teaching?

How will the online seminar work?

While we will address the same content as a ‘bricks and mortar’ workshop, learning together online IS a different format. Some of the key differences include:

  1. A smaller group. You will join a maximum of 40 participants to ensure engagement, participation and accountability.
  2. Shorter sessions with more breaks. Online learning is intense! We will break the day up with small breaks
  3. Participants will still engage in practical tasks and interact with others in the group
  4. Resources will be shared with participants prior to and during the workshop. Participants will also develop resources together that will be available following the workshop

The cost of the online workshop remains the same but as a ‘value add’ each teacher will receive:

  • Follow up Session - Kath will provide an opportunity for you to reconnect with her in a 1 hour follow up sharing and Q & A session 2 weeks after the event (date to be confirmed).

Overview of the Day

8.45 am Technology check! Zoom meeting begins and we check vision, sound

Session 1: The Inquiry Classroom
9.00am-10.30am Session 1 (includes 10 minute break)

  • Setting the scene
  • What do we mean by ‘An inquiry approach’?
  • What skills and dispositions are at the heart of this approach?
  • What is the teacher and learner’s role in an inquiry based environment?
  • Why is this a powerful approach?

Morning Break 10.30am – 11.00am

Session 2: Pedagogy and Inquiry
11.00am – 1.00am (includes 15 minute break)

Our focus will shift to pedagogy. Kath will share the 10 practices that TEACHERS use when they use an inquiry based approach with examples of each. What beliefs are these practices based on?

  • What teaching practices are used in an inquiry based classroom?
  • What are some of the practical strategies that assist learners to be more independent inquirers
  • How can these practices help us design powerful, inquiry based lessons?
  • (In this session, participants will work in small groups to design inquiry based lessons together – ready to share with others)

Lunch Break 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Final session: Designing (Planning) for Inquiry
2.00pm – 3.00pm

What are the ‘types of inquiries’ we can include in our planning?

  • Spontaneous, mini inquiries
  • Shared, sustained inquiries (“units”)
  • Personal inquiries (iTime, discovery time)

What is the role of the inquiry cycle and how can we use it to help us plan shared inquiries?
Kath will share an overview of the inquiry cycle and the link to the curriculum. She will go through the cycle stages.

Requirements

  • The workshop will be held on the ZOOM platform – which participants will need to download prior to the day
  • Tech support will NOT be provided – participants are advised to familiarise themselves with ZOOM prior to the workshop
  • All participants will access the workshop through a personalised code that cannot be shared
  • All participants will be required to use video and audio functions
  • Participants are expected to attend for the duration of the workshop
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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.

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We are no longer accepting registration for this event

31
Jul
2020

Behaviour Management for Beginning Teachers - Primary

A Seminar for Primary School Teachers
Presented by Dr Bill Rogers

This seminar is designed specifically for teachers with less than 5 years' experience in the classroom and will provide strategies for developing a positive approach to behaviour leadership and discipline.

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Register 5 or more delegates and pay $230.00 per person

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

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

04
Aug
2020

Cracking the Hard Class - Primary & High School

Cracking the Hard Class - Primary & High School

A Seminar for Primary & High School Teachers
Presented by Dr Bill Rogers

This seminar will help in addressing a challenge faced by many teachers today – Why is this particular class so difficult? What can we do, together, to change things? How can we get out of the spiral of defeat and low expectation to enhance success in learning, and social interaction? Most of all how can we support one another?

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Register 5 or more delegates and pay $230.00 per person
Registration 8.30am – 9.00am Seminar 9.00am – 3.00pm

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

12
Aug
2020

Cracking the Hard Class - Primary

Cracking the Hard Class - Primary

A Seminar for Primary School Teachers
Presented by Dr Bill Rogers

This seminar will help in addressing a challenge faced by many teachers today – Why is this particular class so difficult? What can we do, together, to change things? How can we get out of the spiral of defeat and low expectation to enhance success in learning, and social interaction? Most of all how can we support one another?

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Register 5 or more delegates and pay $230.00 per person

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

*Please Note: As so many teachers wish to attend our SYDNEY seminars we now offer separate days for PRIMARY School (Wed) and HIGH School (Fri). Please ensure you enrol in the correct seminar.

14
Aug
2020

Cracking the Hard Class - High School

Cracking the Hard Class - High School

A Seminar for Primary School Teachers
Presented by Dr Bill Rogers

This seminar will help in addressing a challenge faced by many teachers today – Why is this particular class so difficult? What can we do, together, to change things? How can we get out of the spiral of defeat and low expectation to enhance success in learning, and social interaction? Most of all how can we support one another?

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

*Please Note: As so many teachers wish to attend our SYDNEY seminars we now offer separate days for PRIMARY School (Wed) and HIGH School (Fri). Please ensure you enrol in the correct seminar.

21
Aug
2020

Cracking the Hard Class - Primary & High School

$270.00
Cracking the Hard Class - Primary & High School

A Seminar for Primary & High School Teachers
Presented by Dr Bill Rogers

This seminar will help in addressing a challenge faced by many teachers today – Why is this particular class so difficult? What can we do, together, to change things? How can we get out of the spiral of defeat and low expectation to enhance success in learning, and social interaction? Most of all how can we support one another?

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Register 5 or more delegates and pay $230.00 per person

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

28
Aug
2020

Cracking the Hard Class - Primary & High School

$270.00
Cracking the Hard Class - Primary & High School

A Seminar for Primary & High School Teachers
Presented by Dr Bill Rogers

This seminar will help in addressing a challenge faced by many teachers today – Why is this particular class so difficult? What can we do, together, to change things? How can we get out of the spiral of defeat and low expectation to enhance success in learning, and social interaction? Most of all how can we support one another?

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Register 5 or more delegates and pay $230.00 per person

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

02
Sep
2020

Teaching & Motivating Students with Particular Needs

$270.00
Teaching & Motivating Students with Particular Needs

A Seminar for Primary & High School Teachers
Presented by Dr Ian Lillico

This seminar is for teachers, teacher assistants and administrators in Primary and Secondary schools. Ian will explore teaching, motivating and managing students with particular needs in schools. There will be an emphasis on Autism and ADHD but other needs including Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), being bullied, giftedness and family dysfunction will be covered.

Ian will discuss the role of layered techniques and strategies in the management of these children, the latest research from DSM V and how children commonly have multiple problems called Co-Morbidities. He will discuss a range of alternative therapies and give a host of practical strategies to assist in classroom instruction and management.

The aim of this seminar is to give teachers and education support staff who deal with young people a contemporary understanding of these special children and the effective tools to help them achieve their maximum potential.

Dr Lillico has updated this seminar for 2020 to include the most recent research relating to working with students with Autism and Special Needs

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Completing ‘Teaching & Motivating Students with Particular Needs’ will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2, 4.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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

04
Sep
2020

Teaching Boys in the 21st Century

$270.00
Teaching Boys in the 21st Century

A Seminar for Primary & High School Teachers
Presented by Dr Ian Lillico

This seminar deals with teaching, motivating and managing boys in the 21st Century where they are infatuated with technology and devices. Ian will outline the challenges facing educators and will explain ways to deal with boys in the modern classroom. A highlight of the seminar will be discussing the impact of changes arising from DSM V for classifying ADHD, ASD and other disorders in children and how this particularly impacts boys who are more affected by the range of medical, biological and psychiatric conditions than girls of the same age.

Ian will provide classroom strategies in terms of utilizing technology, relationship building with boys, classroom ambience, behaviour management, homework, literacy, group work and the use of visuals. A number of policies and practices from around the world will be critically analysed and some of Ian's 52 recommendations will be expanded and analysed in terms of their application to schools, homes and society generally. This seminar will be engaging, humorous, practical and interactive.

Dr Lillico has updated this seminar for 2020 to include even more valuable classroom strategies and behaviour management techniques!

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Completing Teaching Boys in the 21st Century will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2, 4.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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

08
Sep
2020

Powering Up Inquiry Learning in your Classroom

Tue 08 September 20 - Wed 09 September 20
$540 or Register 5 or more delegates and pay $460 per person
Powering Up Inquiry Learning in your Classroom

A 2 Day Seminar for Primary School Teachers
Presented by Kath Murdoch

Participants will leave with a treasure trove of strategies, resources and insights into the use of a quality, inquiry based approach to teaching.

About the workshop

The learning landscape is rapidly changing. For teachers in the 21C, adapting to this changing landscape requires new ways of thinking and new instructional strategies that really build students' capacity as learners. An inquiry approach has long been recognized as a powerful way to equip students with the skills, strategies and dispositions needed for independence and creativity in learning. The Australian Curriculum also recognizes the need to engage students in active exploration and promotes the development of inquiry skills in history, science, geography and other areas. Contemporary inquiry practices, however, go beyond the "unit of work" and weave their way across the curriculum. Quality inquiry teaching helps both teachers and students navigate their way through abundant information, rapidly changing technologies, shifting community priorities and the need for both personalized AND collaborative learning.

Through interactive tasks, viewing of videos, work samples and planners as well as access to resources and research-based strategies participants explore the following questions ...

• How can we create classrooms where inquiring into LEARNING is central to all we do?
• How can we use an inquiry approach across the curriculum?
• How can we personalize inquiry for students while maintaining a manageable routine?
• What frameworks and scaffolds can we use to 'anchor' student learning and guide our practice?
• How can we create contemporary contexts for real inquiry into relevant questions for students?
• How can quality thinking routines and strategies help build capacity for learning?
• How do we ensure we involve students in negotiating aspects of their learning while maintaining clear learning intentions and meeting curriculum expectations.
• How can we use technologies to engage students in authentic inquiries and to build our own personal professional inquiry networks.

Through this 2 day workshop, participants will gain:

• A deeper understanding of how to use contemporary, inquiry based approaches in the classroom
• A broader repertoire of quality teaching strategies and techniques to help build students' skills as inquirer
• Greater familiarity with and understanding of a model for designing powerful units of inquiry with conceptual underpinnings
• Strategies for planning and teaching that encourage students to become increasingly independent as inquirers
• Ideas for assessing growth in students' understandings and skills in the context of inquiry
• Opportunities for reflection, collaboration and planning
• Knowledge of the resources (particularly on line) available to support teaching and learning through inquiry

2 Day Workshop: Tuesday 8 September and Wednesday 9 September 2020.

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Register 5 or more delegates and pay $460.00 per person

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