Feb 10
Life-Long Learners

I was in a classroom this past week and the teacher was using the “I Do, We Do, You Do” instructional approach.  The teacher began by introducing the new material (I Do) and gradually shifted responsibility to the students while modelling, prompting, questioning and cueing them (We Do) until they were independently completing a task (You Do). It reminded me of a course I took several years ago based on Jim Knight’s “I-We-You” model of instructional coaching.

As the Calgary City Teacher’s Convention approaches another of Jim Knight’s quotes resonated with me.  

“When teachers stop learning, so do students.”

Haysboro School is blessed with dedicated professionals who take their own learning as seriously as the learning of their students.  During our Friday Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and on our Professional Learning days teachers are analyzing student work samples,  noticing trends in their students’ progress and achievement, reflecting on their instructional practices and planning forward to best meet the needs of their students. The time we spend together as a staff on our professional learning days is invaluable in terms us being able to come together around current research and best practices.  Our professional learning days often start with us reflecting on the impact of our evolving teaching practices on student learning.  The conversation that ensues as teachers share some of the highlights from their classrooms is a powerful reminder of the importance of being a “student of our own teaching practice” and a life-long learner.

I am excited to hear about the various sessions that teachers are attending this Thursday and Friday – what they have learned, what they are excited to try in their classrooms, any “A-Ha” moments that they had etc. as we collectively strive to  create the best possible learning environment for your children.


Angela McPhee


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