Workshop 1904 (VIC-2)


Workshop 1904 (VIC-2)

from 280.00

Nurturing learner agency through inquiry: building a repertoire of teaching practices to help learners own their learning (F-6)

"How we teach slowly shapes the way young people respond to the unknown – to change, challenge, complexity and uncertainty. Our teaching can steer them toward becoming more positive, confident, and capable in the face of difficulty. OR ...OR it can steer them toward becoming more timid, dogmatic and insecure.“ (Claxton, 2018: 34)

At the heart of the inquiry approach is the belief that learning is, quite simply, something that the learner does – not something that is done to them. Inquiry based teachers work in ways that support the learner to do ‘the heavy lifting’ - figuring things out, making choices and decisions and formulating and investigating their own questions. We are now well into the 21st century with an increasing commitment to growing learners who not only have an understanding of their world but have skills and attributes needed to manage their own learning in complex contexts.

When applied thoughtfully, the use of an inquiry approach is all about agency. Inquiry teachers intentionally help learners build transferable skills and dispositions as they investigate questions of significance to them. When the approach is applied to authentic problems or challenges in local and global contexts the agentive dimension of learner identity can be further strengthened.

Nurturing capable, curious and confident inquirers is a key goal for many schools around the world. Achieving this requires teachers who are well informed about the whys and hows of inquiry teaching. Empowering young learners to own their learning requires a sophisticated repertoire of strategies and a commitment to co construction of knowledge, skills, routines and learning spaces.

This workshop introduces participants to a number of key practices that drive inquiry and strengthen learner agency. The following questions will guide our learning over the 2 days:

• What do we mean by ‘agency’ and what might this ‘look like’ in our students?

• What is the relationship between an inquiry based approach and learner agency?

• How can creating a classroom climate that cultivates curiosity, privileges student questions and uses real world contexts strengthen learner ‘assets’?

• How can the language we use as teachers impact on learner identity? How can we modify teacher talk to support inquiry and amplify agency?

• What does it mean to release responsibility more fully to students as they engage in a journey of inquiry? What does it mean to con-construct learning and assessment opportunities?

• What skills and dispositions enable more independent learning? How do we help build those skills and dispositions across the day?

• How do we ensure that our classrooms are not only learner centred but LEARNING centred?

When and Where

When:     Monday 28 October 2019
Where:    Waurn Ponds, Geelong, Victoria
Venue:    Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Estate
                Waurn Ponds
                Geelong   Vic 3216
                Phone: (03) 5227 1100               


1 or 2 people from the same school $305 + $30.50 GST per person
3 or more people from the same school $280 + $28 GST per person


In the event the workshop is cancelled, registration fees will be fully refunded.
Fees will also be fully refunded when participants cancel more than 7 days prior to the workshop.
No refund will be issued when participants fail to attend or cancel 7 days or less prior to the workshop.

Workshop Offers

Participants have the opportunity to purchase The Power of Inquiry with a $5.00 (ex gst) per book discount.  In addition to the book discount no shipping costs will be incurred as purchased books will be collected at the Workshop.   Purchasing details are provided on the Registration Form.

Save on shipping costs by collecting The Art of Inquiry cards and posters at the workshop. Add these items to your pre-purchase order.


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