Today was our make up Pro-D (scheduled for back in September). It was amazing! The energy we generated with the topics presented really set the tone for the remainder of the year. It is too bad we are already two months into the year, but better late than never. This will hopefully lay the ground work for many years to come.
Topics included our School Plan, Building an Inquiry-Based Classroom and a look at the new BCed Curriculum. The School Plan just reaffirmed our desire to keep with our 3 year plan (this is year 2) of looking at writing and some of the different strands according to the Performance Standards.
Next we had two teachers and myself go over a Pro-D we attended on Building an Inquiry-Based Classroom. It was a hands-on, interactive look at the different types of inquiry. It got all staff excited and talking about ways to embed inquiry into their current classroom. It definitely planted the seed for the next topic.
Finally we looked at the draft forms of the new BCed Curriculum, with the lens of inquiry. There were some unclear moments as to what students are expected to learn, but the openness of curriculum will allow students to engage in content that is more exploratory.
To end the day, we reflected on our 'wear-able' suits (see Day 20). It was fun way to wear and take our meeting back to our class. Nothing beats powerful and meaningful Pro-D.
I am the Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. I am passionate about inspiring others to be creative, curious and collaborative in their learning