AISA Online Deep Dive: Teaching Assistants Supporting Inquiry in The Classroom

The aim of this session is to provide teaching assistants with resources and strategies for inquiry, ELL, classroom management, and environmental engagement support in learning communities.
  • Deep Dives
  • Elementary Teaching Assistants in IB schools (Ideally 2nd through 5th grade)
  • Virtual
  • September - 2021
  • This Deep Dive session will run over a period of 5 weeks


The cost of this Deep Dive course is US$ 250/person

This is an AISA Members Only Event. You must LOG IN to your profile on this website to register. Once registered, the AISA team will provide an invoice to facilitate the payment.

The role of teaching assistants is pivotal in maximizing learning in the classroom. Our 5 week Deep Dive will provide opportunities for participants to build a professional playbook, or toolkit, for teaching assistants. Our weekly synchronous workshops will provide teaching assistants with opportunities to interact and collaborate with colleagues from around the continent whilst learning good practices to use in the classroom. The asynchronous explorations will support our discussions from the sessions and provide tangible strategies for classroom implementation.

As a result of attending this deep dive session, participants will explore:

  • Trans-Languaging strategies
  • Cultural dynamics that support classroom management
  • Inquiry based learning protocols

The AISA online Deep Dives are a balanced mix of Synchronous (interactive online learning involving external expert and peer to peer collaboration) and Asynchronous (distance, self-paced and peer-to-peer learning) learning facilitated over a period of 5 weeks.

1 Tue. 14 Sept. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Introductory Meeting
2 Tue. 21 Sept. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Workshop
3 Tue. 28 Sept. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Workshop
4 Tue. 05 Oct. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Workshop
5 Tue. 12 Oct. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Summative Meeting


  • Brad Chumrau
    International School of Dakar
    IB PYP Coordinator / Instructional Coach

    Greetings, I am in my 21st year as an educator and this is my 13th year working overseas. I previously worked at schools in The Philippines, Germany, El Salvador and, of course, the USA. This is my 5th year in Dakar where I serve as the elementary school’s PYP Coordinator and instructional coach. A big part of my job is helping my colleagues find their “flow” in inquiry-based, process-focused learning paradigms. I strongly believe that play, choice, relevance, and opportunities for creative application increase agency among our students. I am looking forward to working with this collective of African schools as we strive toward building warm, safe and engaging learning communities for our youngest global citizens.

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