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ECHO: The power of inquiry in the early years with Kathy Murdoch

August 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Free – $120

This online, interactive workshop is designed for teachers who are newer to inquiry.

About this Event
Inquiry as an approach to teaching and learning has long been regarded as an effective way to engage young children in learning that is authentic, play based, integrated and rigorous. Inquiry honours the natural curiosity of the child and seeks to nurture agency and independence. Many of us love the idea of an inquiry approach but feel less confident with how to actually use it effectively in the classroom.

This online, interactive workshop is designed for teachers who are newer to inquiry or those who wish to refresh their understanding of the approach and update their pedagogy. Drawing on over 30 years of experience of embedding inquiry practices into early years classrooms, Kath Murdoch will share examples and strategies, use some virtual collaborative strategies, provide resources and be available to respond to questions. Some questions we will explore include:

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 educator in the inquiry classroom? Where does ‘explicit teaching’ fit into the picture? What do inquiry teachers actually DO that is different from a more traditional approach?
  • How is the inquiry classroom organised? How do we curate the space?
  • What does an inquiry-based learning engagement entail?
  • How do we collaboratively plan/design extended inquiry journeys that honour children’s interests and questions

“As inquiry teachers, we need to remain awake to the world around us. We need to have hungry minds that stay relentlessly curious about the way the world works and the way we understand the world. We need to keep pushing ourselves out of our “comfortable knowledge bubbles” and be prepared to be the geographers, historians, scientists, authors, mathematicians and artists we hope our students will be. And when we don’t know, we need to experience the thrill of the hunt – to yearn to know more.” Murdoch, 2020.

Online event conducted via zoom. Strictly 1 person to a device. As the workshops are interactive, no shared devices are permitted.

Session 1 – 9:00 – 10:30am
Session 2 – 11:00 – 12:30pm
Session 3 – 1.30pm – 2.30pm


August 8
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Free – $120
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