Teaching beyond the Subject: Creating a framework for transdisciplinary teaching and learning by Fernando Ramirez, Dubai



April, 13th and 14th, 2018


UAE, Dubai,


Holiday Inn Barsha, www.hialbarshadubai.com (special room rate for event)


595 USD if registration and payment before March 1st, 2018.
650 USD if registration and payment after March 1st, 2018.
Booking for every 5 delegates will receive 1 FREE seat.

This workshop’s main objective is to establish a framework for both homeroom teachers as well as specialists to promote transdisciplinary and conceptual learning.

We live in a new learning environment: traditional subjects and content-based learning have proven insufficient in providing students with the necessary tools to succeed in today’s interconnected world. Therefore, it is essential for educators to review their approach to the teaching of their “subjects”.

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on ways to establish relevant, deep and meaningful connections across different areas of learning, enhancing and enriching their student’s conceptual learning and understanding.

Homeroom teachers will learn how to meaningfully incorporate other subjects into their practice without compromising the quality of the content and reinforcing the development of appropriate subject-specific skills.

Specialists will learn how to connect their subject-specific learning outcomes and skills development objectives to broader educational targets that promote the achievement of conceptual learning.

To achieve this, participants will discuss how to connect the three Co’s: Content-Context-Concepts. There will be opportunities to analyse work created using this model and to work on the practical implementation of these ideas to the specific circumstances of all participants.

Fernando has been involved in music education for over 15 years. During his time as a professional musician playing the oboe in various European Symphony Orchestras, he continued to develop his passion for education as a visiting music teacher in schools in The Netherlands, Spain and the UK.
In 2013, Fernando joined SEK International School Qatar, where he worked as PYP and MYP music teacher for four years. During this time Fernando completed his International PGCE with the University of Sunderland. This allowed him to deepen his understanding of educational principles, to apply them to the specific demands of music teaching and to adapt his musical expertise to a classroom setting.
Fernando is a firm believer of the benefits the IB curriculum offers as a holistic educational model. In this respect, he has developed a deep understanding of the role music and other specialist subjects can play within this model as well as the skills and conceptual understanding that can be fostered through the implementation of a transdisciplinary curriculum.
Fernando has led workshops and teacher training sessions in Doha, Amsterdam, Madrid, the UK and Dubai and has been a presenter at IB Conferences.
Fernando currently works as PYP Music teacher at the International School of Penang, Uplands, in Malaysia and is completing his Master’s Degree in International Education at the University of Sunderland.


Educators, Curriculum Managers and Administrators who work with Primary Students K-Gr 6.

Please note although content for sessions are indicated, this may be adjusted in terms of timing and participant needs as the workshop progresses.


Day 1

08:30 – 09:00 Participants arrival

09:00 – 10:00 Session One
  1. Start with Why.
    A reflection on our motivations and beliefs related to our roles as educators.
  2. Vision vs learning outcomes and planning.
    Are we teaching what we are preaching?
  3. Transdisciplinary framework.
    XXI Century Skills
    Teaching through
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 13:00 Session Two
  • Sample 1: Stand-alone: from content to concepts
  • Sample 2: Integration: from concepts to content
1:00 – 02:00 Lunch
02:00 – 03:30 Session Three
  1. The three Co’s: Context – Content – Concepts

Understanding the three co’s: clear definition of learning outcomes at all levels.
Connecting the three co’s (specialists moving up – HRT moving down)

  1. Samples of work

Day 2

09:00 – 10:00 Session Four
  • The process: planning (long, mid, short terms), display, delivery, reflection. Templates.
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 13:00 Session Five
  1. Fill in templates: Content areas, possible contexts.
  2. From theory to action: Practical implementation of ideas:
    Work on curriculum design (creating a Programme of Inquiry)
    Work on specific Unit Planning
1:00 – 02:00 Lunch
02:00 – 03:30 Session six
  • Sharing and reflecting


Certificates of Attendance will be issued to participants who have taken part in all sessions. Please make sure your personal information is correct in the registration form.

Terms and Conditions

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to participants who have taken part in all sessions. Please make sure your personal information is correct in the registration form.


Fees include all materials necessary for the workshops, lunches and coffee breaks during workshop days. Workshop fees do not cover transportation or accommodation.


Participants are responsible for any visas.


Payment will be made via bank transfer.
Bank detailed information will be given via confirmation email.
Please indicate participant name and workshop in the transfer reference.
Please also note that all charges are the responsibility of the remitter.
Full payment is due within 4 working days after confirmation of registration.
Spaces are limited. If payment has not been received within the deadline, spaces will be released to other interested persons.


  • If you are unable to attend this event, you may send a substitute delegate in your place at no additional cost. Please advise us of any substitutions as soon as possible. The participation fee will not be reimbursed upon cancellation if done then less than one month of the workshop date.

  • 4 Generations 4 Education will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from any changes to or cancellation or rescheduling of the workshop. If the workshop is cancelled or rescheduled, 4 Generations 4 Education will make every effort to contact every registered delegate. In case of cancellation or reschedule of a workshop, 4 Generations 4 Education will reimburse the participation fee, keeping 10% as service charge.

  • 4 Generations 4 Education reserves the right to cancel the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • All workshops will only be confirmed if there is sufficient number of participants.

  • You are advised to make your travel plans on confirmation of the workshop from us