Learning never stops for those that teach
Canadian Writer Eric Walters giving a presentation to a small group of teachers during the PD day at Portage Collegiate. (Aaron Wilgosh/Graphic)
Teachers in Portage la Prairie had a full day of class Friday, but this time they were taking notes.
It was a day of professional development for educators across the Portage la Prairie School Division. Two guest speakers were out to give presentations and lead workshops to help teachers succeed with the division’s goals.
“Canadian writers Eric Walters and David Robertson presented on things like literacy, numeracy, indigenous achievement, and student engagement and wellness,” says Professional Development Co-Chair, Jennifer Borgfjord. “After they were finished teachers attended workshops happening around the school, some of which were even run by a few of our own teachers.”
The PD Day was held at Portage Collegiate throughout the entire school day, with a short lunch break. After Walters and Robertson had finished presenting teachers took part one or two of several workshops set up including a wellness session, being vulnerable with Dr. Megan Johnson, and even things like math games. Walters even took Thursday to read to several classes around the Portage la Prairie School Division.
Bjorgford adds the division is always trying to bolster the teachers’ ability of their educators by keeping them current with best practices, and days like Friday’s are necessary.