MELS Professional Competency 1: To act as a professional inheritor, critic and interpreter of knowledge or culture when teaching students.
Previous Professional Development:
I had the good fortune to attend a workshop for Region 2 teachers of the Lester B. Pearson School Board in October of 2016. The workshop was facilitated by Randy McLean, Deputy Director of Horizon School Division. Mr. McLean is the co-author of ‘Getting it Right’ Aligning Technology Initiatives for Measurable Student Results.
Ongoing Professional Development:
In order to keep myself up to date and informed regarding Education research and the Education community, I follow the McGill Journal of Education and am a member with the following organizations:
McGill Journal of Education
Canadian Geographic Education
My own focus for Professional Development
I am also reading Driven to Distraction: recognizing and coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from childhood through adulthood, by Edward M. Hallowell. From some of my personal experience, I feel that children with ADHD are not receiving enough support in the classroom because some educators may have come to see ADD and ADHD as “run of the mill” or even over-diagnosed. I think these children often have high potential that is not being realized due to the behaviour distractions they may create in the classroom. My long-term plan is to become thoroughly educated on how to teach children with ADD and ADHD.