CTA Pro-D Day – February 19th, 2016

At this professional development day, the keynote speaker was Dr. Michael Ungar, who spoke to the attendees about school connectedness and how we can facilitate resilience in our students.

“Public education is the great equalizer.”

GOAL 3) The development of a clear commitment to uphold the principles that should govern a democratic and pluralistic community that recognizes that teachers are role models who are rational, reliable, responsible, and responsive.


GOAL 1) The development of a clear, coherent and justified view of education that speaks to a personal vision of what one can achieve as an educator.

I want to create a safe, positive classroom environment that makes learning fun and engaging.

I will work to come prepared with a plan that is open to improvement and adaptations to work with the individual needs of my learners.

I believe that passions should facilitate learning, and will interweave my passion for the arts into my teaching practice.

Mini Unit: Crime Scene Investigation

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For my mini-unit that I taught to my two Grade 7/8 classes, I used the Mystery Festival program created by the Lawrence Hall of Science to create a series of forensic science lessons. Students investigated a mock crime scene, recorded evidence, and deliberated between suspects. They then carried out a series of laboratory experiments to further their results. Finally, they completed assignments that told the story of what happened, and “who done it?”

This was a very interactive and hands-on unit, with many opportunities for students to guide their own learning. It also required them to strengthen their critical thinking skills so that they could argue for which suspects were incriminated by the different pieces of evidence as they were discovered.

GOAL 5) The development of knowledge about curricular content, educational theory, and effective practice that sees opportunities for cross-curricular and cross-cultural connections.

GOAL 8) The development of the ability to create opportunities for learning that is conducive to the development of critical thought processes.

GOAL 9) The development of the ability to blend theory and practice in well-organized ways that cultivates a disposition towards inquiry in the classroom.