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An Inquiry Approach to Teaching and Learning Mathematics

Hannover: 16th & 17th September 2017, 8.30am - 3.00pm Target Audience: Grade 1-8 Educators

With its inherent probing for meaning and building of connections, inquiry pedagogy is eminently suited to teaching and learning mathematics. Yet, even in schools with a commitment to inquiry-based learning, mathematics is one of the learning areas where inquiry pedagogy is least used.

Inquiring into the workings of our number system and its pattern helps students to go beyond mastery and build a coherent picture of how mathematics works. Mathematics is also a powerful inquiry tool across the curriculum and the importance of measuring and handling data will be investigated through practical examples from other learning areas and transdisciplinary units of inquiry.

Kelvin will focus on:

  • Why inquiry is a powerful way to teach and learn mathematics
  • The roles that teacher and students play in the inquiry process
  • How to transform mathematics instruction, at both the task and the unit level, so that students can take charge of their own learning
  • Ways to achieve both understanding and fluency

Come along to this workshop to explore how students can, both individually and collectively, take charge of their own learning of mathematics.


Kelvin Sparks

Kelvin has a wealth of experience in both teaching and curriculum leadership roles in national and international schools. As chair of the Mathematics committee of the International Schools Curriculum Project, he was one of the curriculum writers of the International Baccalaureate Primary Schools Programme (IBPYP).

Kelvin discovered his passion for mathematics only when he started teaching. Since then, he has developed innovative teaching materials and refined strategies to engage, inspire and empower learners of all abilities. Over his forty-year career, Kelvin has worked to transition primary mathematics teaching from mechanical/procedural training to concept-based meaning-making and problem-solving.

Likewise, it was only in adult life that Kelvin discovered his own creative flair and his sense of the important role of creativity in the learning process. As a result, he has always endeavoured to enliven even the more mundane learning tasks with a dash of creativity that adds spice and breeds a joy of learning that is infectious.

Kelvin is currently working as an educational consultant in Mathematics and Creativity. He is married to Jo Fahey, acknowledged inquiry researcher and early childhood expert.

Workshop Fees

2 Day workshop with Kelvin Sparks- Ways to Learn Through Inquiry

Early Bird Rate (registration before 21 July 2017) – €550 per participant

Single entry – €600 per participant 

Group Discount Rate (5+ participants from the same school or organization) – €550 per participant 

You may register online and make a payment by credit card or request an invoice online.

Note:  The workshop fee includes lunch and coffee breaks both days.



Important Booking Information

This workshop is confirmed you may book your travel and accommodation once you have completed registration.

We do not refund fees, however you may send a different participant from your school in your place if necessary. If this occurs please email workshop organisers to inform them (

Professional Learning International reserves the right to cancel the workshop in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. Professional Learning International will not be responsible for any expenses relating to your travel if the workshop is rescheduled or cancelled, please be sure to take out travel insurance. In the event of rescheduling or cancellation Professional Learning International will issue a refund of the workshop fee.

Hannover: 16th & 17th Sep 2017

This Workshop is hosted by: International School Hannover Region

Bruchmeisterallee 6
30169 Hannover

The school campus is near the centre of the city behind the historic Rathaus (Town Hall) in an area adjacent to the picturesque Maschsee.

The school is easy to reach both by public transport and by car. 

Public Transport:

  • Arriving by Underground from the Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof)
  • Should you be coming from the train station and wish to get to the school, you can travel via underground (U-Bahn).
  • You will need to take the elevator / escalator to the underground stop in the train station (signs posted).
  • Take the no. 3 or 7 in the direction of Wettbergen or the no. 9 in the direction of Empelde.
  • Get off at the third stop at “Waterlooplatz”.
  • Go up to the street level following the signs in the underground for Waterloostrasse and/or the AWD Arena.
  • Follow along the Waterloostr. (left hand side) towards the stadium (AWD arena) until the school is on your left side (approx. 500mtrs.) directly across the street from the fair grounds (Schützenplatz)

Recommended hotels:

The Marriott

Arthur-Menge-Ufer 3  Hannover  30169

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The Mercure

Willy Brandt-Allee 3, 30169  Hannover

the mercure

The Jugendherberge Hannover International

Ferdinand-Wilhelm-Fricke-Weg 1, 30169 Hanover

Jugendherberge Hannover International