PLC, IEP, TPA,…. Just a few acronyms in the world of Ontario education. I managed to complete the expectations of those three letter words, this month.
WOW! Some may say, “What are you talking about?”, others may say,” HOW?!”
As a person who is a futuristic thinker, I am continuously planning, creating lists and maximizing my energy. I plan each weekend to complete a portion of the upcoming expectations for the month. This past month, I spent time creating unit plans to ensure a smooth sail through the four Junior and intermediate Math classes I teach. While knowing that IEP’s (Individual Education Plans), are due in early October and help me understand my students. I reviewed and updated these a few at a time.
Yes of course this is my TPA (Teacher Performance Appraisal) year. Things have changed since I graduated from Teachers College. I was just as nervous as my first evaluation. This one was much different because I have learned many new teaching strategies, and ways to interact with all the people we come in contact within our profession. I look at each year with a lens of the time. October, pumpkins are in season. Pumpkins are a great way to create a hands on unit in Math for all grades. If you are still learning about making the many connections to the Big Ideas, there are many units on the web. This is a perfect topic to bring excitement into the class, being aware of all the variables from cleanliness, to the use of sharp objects, and social skill development for group work. This TPA in my umpteenth year of teaching was successful. After I reviewed my assessment, I realized some things still need work. I need to clearly connect to daily learning goals to guide the directions of my students and their exploration. I also want to find a way to create easily displayed information charts/word walls that can travel from class to class? Keeping abreast of recent research and data helps. A specific focus is important so ideas don’t become lost in the many theories of our closely connected world (www).
This year I’ve noticed my board is using Monthly meetings and PD (Professional Development) days to facilitate PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities). To my advantage, our focus is on math. The discussion and connections for all help create a purposeful direction in our teaching and learning. The superintendents and lead teachers carefully create PD to learn from and directly effect board and school goals. As a team, we have each other to support our teaching and direction. If communication is continuously supported in meetings, this assists in sharing and supporting each other and the growth of our students and programs. Some of my observations from these meetings are: Don’t get rid of the old…some strategies are still good. Things are changing quickly. It’s admirable to see colleagues rise to new and connected positions while keeping valuable connections.
At the beginning of the month, I was apprehensive about completing these monthly tasks. Tah Dah…another successful month as an educator.
Learning for All: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/LearningforAll2013.pdf
Planning for Learning:
TPA: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teacher/pdfs/TPA_Manual_English_september2010l.pdffbclid=IwAR3rtRjDQ50iFr81Lb45e9SXuzhXJebIzEdjFhzqIFTNqtvnw_IMaGV-V3kspecific links
Pumpkin Unit Ideas: