The 2010 FNO Hong Kong Seminar
Saturday, November 13 2010

Beyond Cut-and-Paste

Join Jamie McKenzie at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong

Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3552

Jamie McKenzie is an international speaker and writer who has devoted his career to understanding how to nurture the questioning skills of students. He is the author of several books that explore that challenge in depth.

Jamie McKenzie's resume

Schools committed to inquiry learning are wise to invest in professional development that aims to sharpen the questioning skills of both teachers and students so that research into important issues is motivating, rigorous and productive.

Students must learn how to form webs of questions that lead to something more powerful than mere scooping and gathering of information.

This is a morning devoted to questions, questioning and the development of powerful insights as well as original products.

The workshop does not include hands-on activities and there will not be access to the Internet.

You can register and pay on line for this conference at

Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 13, 2010

8:45 AM - Registration

9:00 AM  -  10:00

Beyond Cut-and-Paste:
Engaging Students in Making Good New Ideas

In this presentation Jamie outlines the prime strategies suggested in his new book by the same title. He begins with the need to replace topical research with inquiry that matters, challenges that require students to make answers instead of just finding them. He stresses the value of original thinking and proposes ways to grow the synthesis skills of students so they are capable of making up their own minds and inventing smart solutions to irksome issues and problems.

10:00 - 10:15 Morning Tea

10:15 - Noon

The Game Changer - Challenging Questions

In this session, Jamie points to resources like his Great Question Press and the Biography Maker as ways to inspire students to reach beyond the mere collection of information to the development of insight.

A Taxonomy of Synthetic Thought and Production

In this session, Jamie explains how his new Taxonomy can help teachers and their students determine the degree to which a particular production is original or is merely a knock-off, imitation or copy. For those placing a high priority on originality this is a Taxonomy that will inspire and guide student work in powerful ways.

Creating New Ideas and Possibilities through Lateral Thinking and Wandering Purposefully

Little attention is devoted in most schools to what Edward DeBono has called "lateral thinking" - the exploration of unusual possibilities, yet it is precisely this kind of thinking that fuels innovation, invention and activities like disaster planning. In this session, Jamie provides a rationale for developing this kind of thinking and shares strategies that teachers may employ to nurture both the attitudes and skills required so they are capable of "thinking outside the box."


The Morning - $ 90.00 USD

This covers the workshop and morning tea/coffee.

The first 25 who register and pay online at will receive a complimentary copy of Jamie's newest book, Beyond Cut-and-Paste at the workshop. (Retail value = $20 USD)

Additional discount for schools sending 5+ staff members. Email Jamie at

for details.