In the first session, Ms. Brownlie engaged 20 local teachers, including guests from Burns Lake, Moricetown and Terrace. It was fascinating to watch Ms. Brownlie integrate specific learning strategies across a very diverse group of educators, while adjusting for and respecting the various starting points of the individual educators on this journey. However, regardless of starting point, there are some key questions we ask ourselves as we use assessment to inform instruction.
- What can my students do?
- What is missing? (What do I wish they could do?)
- What do I need to teach?
- Is my teaching making a difference?
"The top-performing school systems recognise that the only way to improve outcomes is to improve instruction: learning occurs when students and teachers interact, and thus to improve learning implies improving the quality of that interaction."
It is through the ongoing professionalism of our educators that we will continue to lead as a top-performing system. Ms. Brownlie is back in Smithers on December 1st for an evening Pro-D session and will continue her work with this group of teacher leaders on December 2.