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.
- Start with Why.
A reflection on our motivations and beliefs related to our roles as educators.
- Vision vs learning outcomes and planning.
Are we teaching what we are preaching?
- Transdisciplinary framework.
XXI Century Skills
- Sample 1: Stand-alone: from content to concepts
- Sample 2: Integration: from concepts to content
- 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)
- Samples of work
- The process: planning (long, mid, short terms), display, delivery, reflection. Templates.
- Fill in templates: Content areas, possible contexts.
- From theory to action: Practical implementation of ideas:
Work on curriculum design (creating a Programme of Inquiry)
Work on specific Unit Planning
- 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.