The 2010 FNO Saigon Seminar
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.
|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 day 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
|Monday, November 22, 2010|
8:45 AM - Registration
9:00 AM - 10:30
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.
Laying the Groundwork
10:30 - 10:45 Morning Tea
Organizing Whole Units for Inquiry
Interpreting Findings and Cycling
Modeling Techniques, Skills and Attitudes
Noon - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
A Taxonomy of Synthetic Thought and ProductionIn 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."
Communicating, Reporting, Persuading and Sharing Powerfully
Assessing Student Growth and Performance
One Day - $ 165.00 USD
This covers the workshop and morning tea/coffee as well as lunch.
Additional discount for schools sending 5+ staff members. Email Jamie at