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Professional Development Specialist Holly Reardon Visits SIS
Posted 01/28/2016 11:53AM

During the weekend of 16-17th January SIS hosted a workshop based on inquiry and assessment in the PreK-Grade 2 years. Facilitating this workshop was Holly Reardon, a professional development specialist and Head of the Early Childhood Department at The Western Academy of Beijing.

The focus of the workshop for both SIS teachers and teachers from other schools that also attended was to unpack inquiry and assessment approaches to teaching and learning in the Early Years.

Participants were able to;

▪ Explore different types of inquiry

▪ Engage in student focused planning for inquiry

▪ Unpack the role of the teachers in inquiry based classrooms

▪ Construct strategies for assessment in inquiry based classrooms

In addition to the workshop weekend Holly then spent a day in our ECC

division delving deeper into identifying inquiry within our own classrooms.

ECC teaching teams were exposed to opportunities to observe their peers in

action and spend time noticing 'inquiry' within classroom settings, the

environment and interactions between teachers and students.

The workshop was a great success measured by the fact it really confirmed that SIS classrooms and teachers have inquiry weaved seamlessly through their teaching and learning and are engaging students using the inquiry approach. Following on from this visit is an intentional focus to ensure inquiry is occurring consistently as well as using creative ways to capture and measure the learning journey of students as they navigate through the inquiry model and their time at SIS.

Some feedback from participants about the weekend workshop...

"This was a great workshop and filled in many gaps regarding inquiry based

learning. I really appreciated the warm and open way that Holly presented

material. She is very approachable and fun."

"Holly shared some great ideas to improve or change our teaching practice.

Good provocation!"

- Carlene Hamley, Director of Curriculum & Learning


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