Teacher to Teacher

Teacher to Teacher
Teacher to Teacher
Jodi Lake - Director of Teaching and Learning

"Teacher-led professional development fosters accountability, collegiality, professionalism, and pride. Teachers feel appreciated and respected for their contributions and knowledge, and they become confident and more competent in their own teaching practice." (Education World)


Teacher to Teacher

How do teachers get better at their craft? How do we create "life-long learners" in the teaching profession? If we don't reach beyond our classrooms to learn new strategies or engage in debates with our colleagues, we can grow rigid and narrow. No matter how long we've been teaching or how good we are, we can always benefit from gathering with colleagues and sharing new curriculum ideas and strategies, talking about new issues that have surfaced, or discussing old issues that we still need to tackle. (Linda Christensen, Rethinking Schools)

One of the questions we hear from parents and students is, "What do teachers do on Wednesday afternoons?" IMPACT sessions vary over the course of the year, but there are always a few Wednesdays when we capitalize on the vast expertise of ISK teachers. Recently our SSS (Student Support Services) department hosted this term's T2T. First we started with a student panel who spoke with teachers about how best to support their learning needs. Then teachers chose between 8 different sessions led by colleagues. Among the choices were: Students who are Twice Exceptional, ELL in the mainstream classroom, Executive Functioning and Social Thinking strategies. Teachers were generous with their time and expertise and there were many comments about how productive these sessions were.

Next up? Technology T2T. It is truly a privilege to work with such a dedicated faculty.

"Teacher-led professional development fosters accountability, collegiality, professionalism, and pride. Teachers feel appreciated and respected for their contributions and knowledge, and they become confident and more competent in their own teaching practice." (Education World)