Beijing: The Role of Concepts in Student Centred Inquiry

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Canadian International School of Beijing

8 Liangmaqiao Rd, SanYuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu

Beijing, Beijing Shi 100125


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‘The teacher’s questions and provocations are what initially drive investigation, and it is the result of this process that we see students’ own critical wonderings emerge’ ©IGE, 2015

This workshop will examine the pedagogy of inquiry focusing on the role of concepts in student centered learning. It will provide educators with strategies to capture and maximize student's curiosities, to develop practices for recognizing authentic conceptual inquiry using concepts as well as ideas for designing learning environments that optimize conceptual thinking.

Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of connecting students to concepts

  • Ways to identify the role of concepts in learning and thinking

  • Practical strategies for provoking and connecting student curiosity

  • The significance of authentic resources in conceptual learning

  • The connection between conceptual learning and critical thinking


This workshop is suitable for teachers of upper elementary to middle school who are developing an understanding of the role of concepts in learning.

What to bring:

A unit of learning that can be referenced for planning and developing learning with a more conceptual focus.

Presenter: Andrea Mūller

Andrea is an experienced teacher, consultant and author who has worked and works extensively in many schools throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Middle East and Europe. In these settings, she has had roles that include classroom teaching, curriculum coordination, curriculum advisory K-12, and programme manager with the International Baccalaureate. She is currently consultant and Director of Innovative Global Education working extensively in schools leading and evolving sustainable models for professional learning. These models involve developing and designing curriculum frameworks and working in partnership with teams, through mentoring and coaching, to review and refine planning, teaching and assessment which support current and researched educational practices. Andrea is co-author of: ‘Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts’ published by Hawker Brownlow. Andrea is based in New Zealand.

Presenter: Tania Lattanzio

Tania is an experienced international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Regional Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role she works as a consultant extensively in Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. This role involves developing and conducting professional development for teachers and leadership, modeling pedagogy in classrooms, developing and designing curriculum for schools and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment. A passionate educator Tania works closely with educational institutions to specifically meet their needs in supporting school reform, making significant shifts in pedagogy and curriculum in both local and international settings.

Tania has recently co-authored a book titled 'Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts.'

M Ed (Curriculum and Administration), Grad Dip (Librarianship), Dip Ed

Conference Schedule:
Saturday 9 September

0830-0900 Welcome

0900-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1300 Session two

1300-1345 Lunch (lunch provided)

1345-1545 Session three

Sunday 10 September

0830-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1300 Session two (conclusion of workshop)


All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Fee: US$300.00

Registration fee after the 9 July 2017: US$330.00

Registration fee after the 9 August 2017: US$360.00

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 9 August, 2017 if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed. If the workshop is proceeding you will not receive an email.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by by 9 August, 2017 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 9 August, 2017 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.

If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop, Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant at any time.


GuangMing Hotel

650rmb/night for single occupancy

Includes breakfast and internet


Getting There:

The school is a very short walk from the hotel. See direction on the map below.

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Canadian International School of Beijing

8 Liangmaqiao Rd, SanYuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu

Beijing, Beijing Shi 100125


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