This past week I had the opportunity to participate in my first official in school Pro-D Day! I was very excited to experience Pro-D as a “real” teacher.  Pro-D stands for Professional Development; a lot of time and planning goes in to professionally developing teachers.  The Pro-D team at my school did a fantastic job organizing this day…thank you, guys!

The morning of our Pro-D Day began with self-regulating activities of choice including: running, walking, drawing, playing board games or yoga.  As teachers, we are a model to our students and our societies in all that we do, whether we like it or not.  I love that our Pro-D Day began with self-regulating activities of choice; by participating in these activities I think we modeled to our fellow colleagues the importance of personal wellness.  I taught the yoga portion of the morning and eleven of my fabulous colleagues attended my class.  Starting my Pro-D Day in a calm, balanced environment really set the tone for how I learned during the day.  Note: This was my first opportunity to combine my two biggest passions: yoga and public education.  Thanks to my amazing admin team for allowing me this experience!

Planning my Pro-D Day contribution -  a yoga class for my colleagues!
Planning my Pro-D Day contribution – a yoga class for my colleagues!
My yoga mat, notes/quotes and special phrases for my "students".
My yoga mat, notes/quotes and special phrases for my “students”.

Our late morning found us grouped together in the library discussing teaching, our roles as teachers, and watching a few TEDTalk videos by some brilliant and empowering individuals, one of which was Rita Pierson.  Take seven minutes to watch her talk on why every child needs a champion; she is incredible:

Our afternoon found us in small focus groups discussing literacy, math manipulatives or self-regulation (our choice).  I chose the literacy group and was blown away by the amazing resources and lesson plans available in my school’s library.  Because I am a dance/drama teacher this year I do not have *much* use for literacy based resources right now, but I will one day.  I am sure grateful for my school’s lovely librarian and the dedicated literacy team for putting this workshop together!   Our day finished with a delicious lunch hosted by our PAC (Parent Advisory Committee).  I loved having the opportunity to sit and share food and discussion with some of my colleagues.

As a new teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed this Pro-D Day.  I am used to collaborating and sharing teaching related ideas with fellow student teachers because I am so fresh out of University, but this Pro-D Day took professional development to a whole new level for me.  I am looking forward to the year of professional development days to come…I know I am definitely going to need them!

Delicious specialty muffins, gorgeous lilacs and Starbucks coffee to get this Pro D Day going!
Delicious specialty muffins, gorgeous lilacs and Starbucks coffee to get this Pro D Day going!

 

What has been your most favourite Pro-D Day and why?

What is your favourite part of Rita Pierson’s TED Talk?

Karley