On February 16th to 17th, BIS Canada had Pro-D Days, or Professional Development Days. Students had two days off, while the teachers were required to come to school to enhance their professional practice.
Mr. Garfield Gini-Newman from the Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2) visited BIS Canada during the Pro-D days for the development of our school. TC2 is a comprised group that consists of professional educators. It was the first time for our school to form a partnership with the TC2, and was a great opportunity during the training session for the school.
Over the two Pro-D days, the BIS Canada teachers mainly learned about issues involving thinking-based school environment. They are planning to develop instructional units to encourage more student engagement and passion as well. This training was also an essential step for our school’s implementation of the changed British Columbia curriculum, which focuses on the development of core and curricular competencies.
While teachers were required to come to school and get educated, students were allowed to take an exciting 4 days long break, including the weekend. Jenny Kim, a student in grade 12, commented that “it was literally golden holidays for me and the BIS students” since “it was a great opportunity as a senior to rest up after the mid-term was over”. She also added that she went travelling to Busan with her mother for a few days, which was a good chance to take a pause from her busy schedules.
Unfortunately, the two days of Pro-D days would be the last ones this year.