Designing powerful journeys of inquiry with and for learners (Primary – intermediate)


COVID-19 - Please note these course dates have now been postponed (from the original June dates) to the 15th and 16th October 2020. 

Category:  International, Inquiry, Planning and Assessment

When:  15th October - Dunedin

             16th October - Nelson

Where: Venues TBC (may differ from original venues notified)

Cost:      $285+gst Early bird rate (extended to Friday 13th March 2020)

              $295pp+gst Group (4+ staff booked at the same time, from the same school)

              $365+gst Standard

NB. Kath booked out by the time early birds closed in 2018, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Following on from her popular workshops on the art of inquiry teaching, Kath Murdoch is returning to the South Island in 2020. This time her focus is on the art of inquiry planning.


Designing an effective and engaging journey of inquiry takes dedication, creativity and collaboration.  It is much more than simply brainstorming activities or ticking off objectives.  The collaborative design process is an act of inquiry in itself.


This workshop will provide teachers with an opportunity to develop a repertoire of strategies to apply to the planning process. Numerous examples of inquiries will be shared – showcasing the processes  teachers used to both plan, document and assess.   Kath will explore the following questions:



  • What makes a compelling question to inquire into?

  • How can we use “big ideas” and conceptual understandings to integrate the curriculum through inquiry?  

  • How do we keep the curriculum ‘in sight’ as we plan while attending to learners’ interests and needs?

  • What questions should we be asking as we plan?

  • How can a cycle of inquiry help scaffold the process of planning and teaching?

  • How can inquiries be organised across the year to offer balance and allow spontaneity?

  • How can we use authentic problems and contexts to drive inquiry?

  • How do we keep our design responsive and avoid the trap of over -planning?

  • How do we document this kind of planning?

  • How might we involve students in the process of planning?

  • What does a whole school map for inquiry look like?

  • What protocols can help us use collaborative planning time effectively.



This promises to be a highly practical day. It is recommended teachers come in teams or with at least one other team member so that some real time collaborative planning can take place.