Developing Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Computer and Digital Technologies.
During the 2013-2014 school year, teachers in the Sun West School Division accessed four half days of professional development in their own schools to create awareness of the 21st century competencies in order to prepare our learners for an ever-changing future.
In each school, Learning Coaches will facilitate the days, working with teachers to explore the seven competencies and to assist educators in implementing critical thinking and collaboration strategies into classrooms.
The days are intended to provide engaging, hands-on, authentic learning experiences that allow each teacher to “start where they are”. The half day workshops have been designed to bring teachers together, both face-to-face and virtually, to learn with and from each other. As a community of educators, we will work collectively to shift teaching practices to reflect 21st century models of education.
This is not “one-size fits all” professional development. Instead, these days will provide a flexible learning environment where teachers will be able to explore aspects of critical thinking and collaboration that has meaning for them and their classrooms.
SMART Goal: By June 2014, Sun West School Division teaching staff will:
1. Demonstrate personal growth in the understanding of critical thinking and collaboration.
2. Apply understandings of the competencies (critical thinking and collaboration) to reflect 21st century models of learning.
3. Use technology tools purposefully for teaching and learning.
4. Demonstrate a positive impact on student learning in the classroom.