Inquiry Project #2 – OCRE

I took part in my first professional development event! It happened on January 16 at the U of R and was a full day event. The PD event, called OCRE (Off Campus Residential Experience), was planned by my fellow EMTH classmates in the 2014 fall semester. Since I took EMTH 300 the year before, I was not involved in any of the planning as it is incorporated into the EMTH 300 class. The PD was an all-day event that included 3 presenters in the morning and afternoon and then relationship building activities in the evening.
OCRE 1
The first presenter was Lisa Eberharter, an expert on the Saskatchewan mathematics curriculum, who discussed the K-12 Aim and Goals of Math as well as mathematical perspectives. The second presenter was Lamarr Oksasikewiyin, who works with Treaty Six Education Council and demonstrated aboriginal math activities and international traditional games. The third presenter was Brent Chadwick, the principal at Assiniboia Composite High School. Brent guided us through the hiring process for first-year teachers, and analyzed job postings and resumes.

The evening consisted of attending a Cougars women’s volleyball game to cheer on a classmate, followed by a group supper!

OCRE 2

The PD day provided me with some key understandings on professional development. First, I learned that PD can offer new experiences. I’ve never seen any of the traditional games presented by Lamarr, nor would I have connected traditional games to mathematical content if it wasn’t for the PD event. It is something that I could now consider doing with students later in my teaching career.

Secondly, the PD day was extremely beneficial for my future employment experience as Brent’s detailed explanations on resumes, teaching position postings, and the hiring process was the first of its kind for me. Thanks to it I have a better understanding of what to look for, what to do/say, and most importantly what not to do/say!

Third, the PD day was a way of team bonding and relationship building. This was the first time that I spent a whole day with some of the people in my EMTH class and was able to learn more about them through the time we spent together.

Overall, not only do I think that the PD day was beneficial for myself, but for all of us preservice teachers that attended OCRE. I look forward to other opportunities this semester!

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About Adam Brock

My name is Adam Brock and I am a third year student at the University of Regina! I am currently in the Secondary Education Program, with plans to major in Mathematics and minor in Outdoor and Physical Education. I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and look forward to travelling after my years at the U of R.

Posted on April 8, 2015, in Education Core Studies (ECS) 350, Inquiry Project, Inquiry Project #2 – OCRE and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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