Sunday, 25 May 2014

Develop your own personal learning network - now

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This article is so good I had to refer to it right off the top The main point - develop your own personal learning network, never again accept the generalized PD model where everyone gets the same thing.

We expect a huge amount from teachers these days - more than ever before. But at the same time we are being trained using a 19th century model - one talking head at the front of the room. Any time you go to a workshop and that is happening you know this is not the way things have to be. At the very least, we should not call this professional development.

If we are to be treated as professionals, the learning model needs to reflect that we are all quite capable learning what we need on our own and in groups of like-minded professionals. The model that we have developed in our schools over the past three years is very important - it is the only way to go.  We have developed a system where the professional learning goals for the school are developed by the teacher teams from our three schools (triad).

I find the learning goals coming from these groups get better and better.  The goals are more attuned to conclusions based on student work.  The goals also build on the work that has already been accomplished.

We are all professionals and if we respect the work we do every day we need to make sure we all stay in control of your own professional development.

Never let anyone tell you that they know better than you do. There are so many people out there thinking and writing about educational issues - you need to choose who speaks to you and who you will learn from.
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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Our Creative Spaces

This is another big week for us.  We just finished a terrific Education Week - thanks again for all of you stepping up to make this a great week.  Students thrive in a creative environment and there is no question that they are thriving at St. Gregory!  Just think about what is going on - a vibrant makerspace with litteBit and makie makie kits, math competitions involving Brock University, Kahn Academy for grade one and two students, over $700.00 raised by selling second-hand purses, the discovery of young rabbits in our future outdoor classroom, creative dance and choir singing to over 100 guests to our school, a beautiful mass at St. Maurice, a board dedicated to inspiring change, our own Egyptian museum, another terrific Jump Rope for Heart day, a spring bouquet of prayer petals, parents reading in all our classes, pasta for everyone at school - all this and much more in just one week!!  The list is staggering!!!
I hope everyone feels great about last week - look at all the great things that you do!
As we move into the middle of may the creative pace continues. This week we welcome Nicole Belanger to our school.  She will be working with our students for the next two weeks to create murals for our outdoor classrooms.  She will be joined by Andrew Harvey and ann Coffey who will be actively working on our outdoor classrooms this week.  Andrea Hallendy-Mallon will be back for another Little horn Theatre session with the grade ones and twos and Katie Gauthier will be in for our first hip hop session on Friday.  We continue to work on our crowd funding project with Luc Lalande and we will also be sending home all the Vesey bulbs on Monday - thanks to the work Crystal is doing today at school.
Have I missed some things - of course.  It is a challenge to keep up to the pace at our school.  The building continues to brim with the creativity of our community.  
Lets take a moment this week to reflect on the creative spaces we are fostering daily.  This is what education is all about - we see the joy in everything and are always open to the limitless possibilities presented to us through our children.
Have a great week everyone!
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