What is Changing? Pt. 2
Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Communication
In part one of this series, I mentioned the importance of these words as it relates to the genesis of 21st Century learning. This prompted a lot of conversation around how these changes will impact two major groups of people at PCS, teachers and students.
In order to transition from being primarily a dispenser of prefabricated facts or “sage on the stage” to coach/mentor or “guide on the side”, teachers must understand the foundational concepts supporting the Profound Learning (PL) Model. This transitional journey will begin with a number of training dates at the end of this school year (June 28-29), and leading into the next (August 31 – September 1).
Then in early October (Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6, 2017), the staff will be travelling to Masters Academy in Calgary for a two-day professional development time. These dates will be added to the Thanksgiving weekend as PD days for our school.
This training time will allow the teachers to undergo a transformation in their understanding and approach to delivering the PL program as they grasp their role in this model.
How will “The Profound Learning Model” impact your child at PCS?
What does Ownership look like?
• students track their learning and set goals
• students are given leadership opportunities
• students are managing their own projects
What does Mastery look like?
• learning is customized (environment, passion/interest, ability levels)
• instruction is differentiated (amount/type)
• quality is fixed
What does Innovation and Creativity look like?
• use of creative processes or tools
• use of problem solving/critical thinking skills
• pursuing personal passion and vision
What does “Future Ready” look like?
• Personal development with a growth mind set, skills and habits
• developing character through the 7 Habits
• a Graduate Profile that promotes the Leader, Risk-taker, Explorer, Innovator and Builder
These qualities are the objective of the Profound Learning Model. It is our prayer and commitment that they will become the qualities of our students at PCS.