There will be no school for students this Monday, November 12. The teachers, however, have a busy day ahead of them. They will use the day for professional development on the topic of “Differentation in the classroom”.
Differentiation defined as “a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to developing teaching materials and assessment measures so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.”
The teachers will start the day with a guest speaker, Dr. Thérèse McPhillips, from Dublin who will present to the entire staff. This will be followed by staff members choosing two of 13 available workshops by St. John’s teachers on the topic differentiation. Topics range from “The Challenge and Importance of Academic Language for our Middle and High School EAL Students” to “Inquiry as a Means of Differentiation” to “Learning Technologies for Alternative Learning Styles”. After the workshops, the teachers will have meetings by grade level to discuss further improving differentiation in their classrooms.