Professional Learning for International Educators
Number 5

Ways to Learn Through Inquiry – Guiding Children to Deeper Understanding

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

This workshop is based on Jo’s book of the same name.  Jo will facilitate exploration of the following questions:

  1. What can inquiry-based learning look like with children aged 3 to 7 years?
  2. How can the environment be structured so that children are empowered to learn independently?
  3. How can a rich tapestry of guided inquiry and children’s spontaneous inquiry be woven together to provide opportunities for children to go deeper in their understanding?

Jo will take us through some of the ways that children inquire, including through:

  • Socio-dramatic play and drama
  • Read alouds and responses
  • Browsing and viewing — leading to reading and writing
  • Tinkering
  • Exploration of materials and ideas — enabling conceptual development in mathematics and science

Jo will show how Restorative Justice practices with this age-group can enable children to deepen their understanding of the social aspects of learning.

Video footage, photographs and other documentation will showcase multiple ways of inquiring.  Opportunities for participants to share their practice will be embedded in the workshop.  Please bring along examples.

Participants will receive a copy of Dr. Jo Fahey’s book, ‘Ways to Learn Through Inquiry’.

Jo Fahey Book Cover

Dr. Jo Fahey

Dr Jo Fahey has over thirty years experience as a teacher,  researcher, curriculum writer and workshop leader in Australia, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. For many years Jo has alternated between teaching in schools and kindergartens, working in the university sector and leading professional learning for educators K to 7.

While teaching in international schools in the 90’s, Jo became a curriculum developer for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, with special emphasis on the early years.  On returning to Australia she conducted extensive research in schools, leading to a doctoral dissertation. This, in turn, led to the publication of a book, “Ways to Learn Through Inquiry: Guiding Children to Deeper Understanding”, published in 2012 by the International Baccalaureate.

With her passion for teaching and learning, Jo has always maintained a strong presence in classrooms.  By returning to teaching at frequent intervals, Jo understands the day-to-day joys and challenges that educators encounter. Jo is a strong advocate for children, especially when it comes to providing time and inviting spaces for play. She believes that children are capable and competent and have a great need for expression.

Jo lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband, Kelvin, and their two sons.

Workshop Fees

2 Day workshop with Jo Fahey- Ways to Learn Through Inquiry

Early Bird Rate (registration before July 31st) – €450 per participant

Single Entry ticket – €500 per participant 

Group Discount Rate (5+ participants from the same school or organization) – €450 per participant 

You may register online and make a payment by credit card or email to request an invoice. When requesting an invoice, please include the participant(s) name, position and email address with the name and legal billing address for your school.

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

Important Booking Information

This workshop will run subject to a minimum number of participants. Please do not book travel or accommodation until you receive confirmation that the workshop will take place. 

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 - 16 & 17 September 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)

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