Professional Development and Planning
Professional Activity Days
At Viola Desmond Public School, ongoing professional development is an important part of our school culture. Ensuring all staff (including teachers, EAs, ECEs, custodians, and administrators) are applying the most current best practices is integral to building a strong learning community.
What do we do on P.A. Days?
On October 11th, the staff focused on numeracy instruction. On the right, is the slide deck that was shared with staff and below is a document to support teachers who would like to implement Inquiry Bundles to support students in their development of Math fundamentals.
Unifying Overall Expectations by using Big Ideas
"An idea is “big” if it helps us make sense of lots of confusing experiences and seemingly isolated facts. It’s like the picture that connects the dots..." (Grant Wiggins: https://www.authenticeducation.org/ae_bigideas/article.lasso?artid=99)
Early in the year grade teams met to create Big Ideas and Concepts that helped link the overall expectations contained in the Ontario Curriculum.