This module will explore the concept of inquiry and provide educators with strategies to capture and maximize student's curiosities, to develop practices for recognizing authentic inquiry and designing learning engagements and environments which optimize inquiry. It will examine the role of student driven inquiry and how to engage students in the inquiry process.
This module will examine the pedagogy of inquiry focusing on the role of concepts in student centered learning. Participants will look at the connection between teaching conceptually and how this leads to more student driven inquiry. It will provide educators with strategies to capture and maximize student's curiosities, to develop practices for recognizing authentic conceptual inquiry by designing learning environments and engagements that optimize conceptual thinking. This module will assist participants in understanding the process of conceptual inquiry, the stages involved in student driven inquiry and how they can plan to optimize this.
This module will assist in identifying personal culture, recognizing diversity and how it can enrich the learning community. It will provide an understanding of underlying cross- cultural attitudes, values and behaviours and the significance for the classroom setting and school environment. It will provide opportunity to reflect on the culture of the school, the cultures within the community and the relationships between them. This module will provide opportunities to develop tools and strategies for effective communication across cultures.
This module will focus on how to effectively plan, teach and assess for conceptual learning. As many curriculums are moving to more a conceptually designed framework, it is important that this translated into classroom practice. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role of concepts by designing a unit of learning. This will be enhanced through a step by step practical planning process with a focus on concepts. A series of principles for rigorous and authentic conceptual planning, teaching and assessment will be explored.
This module will investigate the principles and practices of differentiation exploring approaches and structures to effectively cater for the diversity of students in our classrooms. An extensive tool-kit of instructional and assessment strategies to design learning to cater for student interests, abilities and approaches to learning will be explored and developed.
This module will explore a range of approaches that inform the leadership for professional growth of teachers. It will examine a range of approaches and skills required for teacher leaders to support change; which includes classroom and school improvement. A key part of the module is examining how to facilitate powerful and productive discussions about teaching, learning and thinking.
This module will inquire into how teams work in a professional learning community; how they can be structured, what the function might be, and strategies for how to support groups in becoming a collaborative team. Understanding that building a collaborative culture is a means to an end, not the end itself and seeing the connection between purposeful collaboration and improving student learning.
This module will examine current research around the significance of play in the development of young children. It will examine what play is and how it allows young children to engage, connect and make sense within their environment. It will address the role of play in building of relationships and how it is linked to children’s wellbeing. There will be opportunity to explore how to promote play through the design of the learning environment and provocations.