Topic: Concepts in Action:
Facilitating Meaningful Learning Through Conceptual Inquiry
Date: Saturday, Sunday March 18th 19th, 2023
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00pm
Location: Shekou International School (SIS) The Bay Campus
About this workshop:
This interactive two-day workshop will examine the role of conceptual inquiry and how we can embed concepts and inquiry into our units of learning to ensure students are active participants, where they have choice and voice in their learning, developing depth of understanding and the ability to transfer and apply their learning in authentic ways.
Participants: will be actively involved, have opportunities to collaborate with others and consider how this connects to their own context. They will examine why teaching conceptually is necessary to promote relevant and engaging learning for students. Explore what a concept is and consider "What's worth learning?” to reflect on units of learning.
Participants: will be provided with examples and guided through a process of how to develop conceptually driven units – the aim being to develop conceptual units that are relevant and engaging to students.
Participants: will examine what ‘inquiry is’ and be introduced to an inquiry process where the concepts become the ‘language of the learning’. Practical examples of the different stages of the conceptual inquiry process will be shared along with what authentic learning is and how we can develop opportunities for students to transfer and apply their learning to an authentic situation.
Participants: will focus on how to ensure students are at the center of the learning, how they are active participants in their learning and where to give them choice and decision making over their learning.
• Understand why focussing on concepts is important and what concepts are
• Examine "What's worth learning?" in terms of what we need to consider when developing units of learning
• Be guided through a process for how to develop units of learning that are conceptually focused
• Consider the role of transfer and application of learning and how we can promote this as a way for students to represent their learning and take action
• Examine what inquiry is
• Understand the role of the learner as an active participant in their learning
• Understand how we can use an inquiry process to focus on concepts in our teaching and learning
• Explore how we can give students choice and ownership of their lea rning within the context of a unit of learning
• Be provided with examples of strategies that promote inquiry and conceptual learning
• Reflect on how they will transfer and apply their learning.
Audience: This workshop is for elementary to middle school teac hers (K 8) and administrators interested in understanding more about conceptual learning.
Workshop Leader Biography:
Tania Lattanzio is an author and renowned international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Director of Innovative Global Education. Innovative Global Education has been established for over 10 years a nd in this time, Tania has worked as an educational consultant globally, in both local and international educational settings.
This role involves developing and conducting professional learning for teachers and leadership, modelling pedagogy in classrooms , and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment. A key focus of Tania's work is developing and designing conceptual curriculum for schools, this work involves conceptualising curri culum across subject areas and year levels. This also involves equipping teachers with ideas and strategies to ensure that learning has a conceptual focus.
An advocate of inquiry, she works with educators to provide students with an education that is purp oseful, meaningful, and relevant to their lives, where students have opportunities to be motivated and have agency and control of their learning. Tania has worked with schools and teachers from early childhood through to high school.
Lattanzio, Tania and Muller, Andrea. Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts. Hawker Brownlow Education, 2015.
Lattanzio, Tania and Chang Wathall, Dr. Jennifer. “Unifying Principles” International Teacher Magazine, July and August 2022
Lattanzio, Tania, and Andrea Muller. “What Is a Concept? A Fresh Look at Teaching Factual Information.” Childhood Education, vol. 93, no. 5, Mar. 2017, pp. 410–419.
Lattanzio, Tania. 'The parents' voice' in “Chapter 11 Parents on the Learning Journey.” Journeys in Learning Across Frontiers, Edited Nancy Forster, International Baccalaureate, 2012.
Agenda (Saturday, Sunday March 18 19)
Refreshment Break: coffee, tea, bottle waters, snack and fruits
Lunch: school lunch for two days
Registration Fee:2880 RMB per participant
Group Deal: 2680 RMB per participant for 5 or more participants
Early Bird: 10% off before 24/02/2023
• Refunds for the workshop may only be issued if cancelled by the Workshop leader(for reasons beyond her control) and we failed to find a suitable time for most of participants; or registered participant informs IES he/she is able to show up before 24/02/2023；
• If there is insufficient registration before 01/03/2023 the IES will inform participants of the cancellation and refund the actual paid registration fee only.
Certificate: E-certificate signed by Tania Lattanzio will be issued 5 days after the workshop.
Address: Shekou International School , Primary School, The Bay Campus, Shenzhen China
80 Gangwan Avenue, Shekou, Nanshan
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518067
People’s Republic of China
Phone: +86 755 2669 3669
Contact Person:Xuemei Liu
Organizer: International Education Services