A Reflection from my First Pro-D Day

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

One thought on “A Reflection from my First Pro-D Day

  1. Karley you were born to be a teacher because you have the willingness and natural gift to listen, encourage and be the best that you can be to every child that comes your way. Ms. Peirson’s talk was very inspiring and made my heart ache for all the children who need someone like her, her name is Mrs. Alleyn.

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