Last week, although a shortened week with a professional development day, I was able to get into approximately 20 classrooms for a visit. I have not yet made my goal of 25 visits, but the 20 I did visit were fascinating.
I watched as students worked together on projects in an English class around the short stories they were reading. I saw students struggle with difficult concepts in a senior mathematics class, as the teacher guided them through the questions with probing questions. I watched students edit and revise their video media arts projects, laughing with each other as they worked through the complicated steps of adding video, attaching sound and making a story-line that makes sense. I saw students work in groups, in partners and on their own as they made meaning through their work to understand the concepts of science, arts, PE, socials, English and all the other classes that are offered.
But I also watched as some amazing teachers facilitated the learning, proving opportunities for students to ask questions, figure out their own answers and construct their own meaning to their world. It seems to me that a lot of the great stuff that is happening in the classroom is unknown to the public, in general. The different styles of teaching, learning that happen every day in many classrooms across the province are incredible and need to be celebrated and known.
It is with that thought that I brought to the executive of the BCASCD and from that, we will be asking teachers, administrators, parents and even students to send in examples of great learning and teaching that happens every day in BC. Stay tuned for details.
If you have any questions, please let me know.