Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Professional Learning Plan

Instructions 

  1. Review your Self-Assessment Tool. 
  2. Reflect on the three professional learning goals you have identified. 
  3. Research and brainstorm learning activities that support you in realizing your goals. 
  4. Complete the Professional Learning Plan below. 

Professional Learning Goal #1

Build and strengthen relationships with other professionals and colleagues to facilitate community partnerships in order to benefit and support children and families.


Professional Learning Activities & Timeline

  • Network with colleagues in Facebook groups to support others in their practice and learning journeys (ongoing).
  • Continue developing NEED KW with Lesley; a directory to showcase and support high quality independent child care providers in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. (ongoing)
  • Meet with S. G. in regards to potentially developing a hub for child care providers and parents at her location. (Ongoing)
  • Collaborate with our music and movement instructor to do a music and movement program at the seniors home in the spring (May, 2018?)
  • Conduct workshops for new home child care providers to support the growth of their programs (ongoing?)

Professional Learning Goal #2

Communicate learning that occurs in the classroom through different types of pedagogical documentation.


Professional Learning Activities & Timeline

  • Create photo albums and displays at child level to allow the children to revisit our past adventures and learning experiences (ongoing)
  • Update learning stories blog to keep parents up to date on our programming.
  • Print learning stories and display them in a book so that they are accessible to all families, children and visitors.
  • Read "Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood: Sharing Children's Learning and Teachers' Thinking" (May, 2018)
  • Research and attend workshops and webinars that focus on documentation and making learning visible for parents in the early years (ongoing)

Professional Learning Goal #3

Continue to strengthen and develop the inclusiveness of the program at Red River Early Learning Centre


Professional Learning Activities & Timeline

  • Create a "hopes and dreams" board; caregivers will write their hopes for their children on a piece of ribbon and we will weave it in to our frame. This way parents are always represented and included in our classroom in a tangible way (March, 2018)
  • Represent the children's different cultural backgrounds through music and stories in the classroom (ongoing)
  • Attend webinar "Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices That Work, by Karen Bierman" (January 17, 2018)
  • Edit all paperwork and handbook; change "parent" to "caregiver" or "guardian" to be inclusive of all potential family arrangements (February 2018)
  • Develop methods to include our younger students, and students of varying skill levels, in each of our activities by brainstorming with colleagues and researching (ongoing)
  • Continue to explore ways to represent families and cultures in our classroom community (ongoing)

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