Inquiry Project #3 – HOPE PD Day
My next professional development opportunity was HOPE’s 2nd annual University of Regina professional development day on Saturday, March 21st. The theme of the event was “teachers are leaders of healthy active lifestyles”.
The day started for me with a workshop put on by Saskatchewan Outdoors. They told us about who they are and what they do before going outside to participate in their planned activities. The activities included “prairie portaging”, traditional fire starting, and a photography challenge. Below are some pictures from the activities!
The next workshop was put on by Saskatchewan Physical Education Association. Their workshop focused on differentiated instruction in physical education, but also touched on team building/breaking the ice, and technology.
A roundtable discussion was lead by Saskatchewan Health Educators Association that included topics such as teaching for diversity, issues in health ed., and an awesome blender/smoothie activity on “what’s healthy”!
The significance of having Sask Outdoors, SPEA, and SHEA at the event was highlighted by Lee Schaefer
The day concluded with an inspiration speech by the legendary Dr. Stu Robbins, whose passion for physical literacy is one to admire.
The PD event was an incredible experience that provided me with much more insight towards the significance of professional development. For starters, I was a member of the planning committee for the event. This meant that I was able to experience what goes on behind the scenes of such an event. I quickly learned how much time and effort must be devoted to planning an event like this and the importance of spreading out responsibilities amongst the group as it a lot to handle. I think that it was important for me to be involved in the planning as it provided me with an opportunity to develop my leadership skills, as well as planning, collaboration, and communicating – all crucial attributes of a teacher.
As for the event itself, it was extremely beneficial as a becoming educator. The day promoted the sharing of knowledge amongst educators from a wide arrangement of backgrounds and perspectives. Having people of expertise in their subject areas pass their tips, advice, and resources on to us becoming educators is such a beneficial process.
This experience has provided me with a sense of personal and professional growth. I have learned many things that will help me as a teacher, a coworker, and as an individual.
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