As part of the Bachelor of Education program, I have received the following certificates:
Policy 701 Certificate
Technology Standards Certificate
Kagan Cooperative Learning Workshop Certificate
Project WET Workshop Certificate (from the Tantramar Wetlands Centre)
Professional Leaning Community Certificate (development and presentation of workshop)
I have recently had the opportunity to attend several professional development workshops as part of the B.Ed program and during my field placements. Below you will find a link to a complete list of the PD sessions I have attended.
Boushey,G., Moser,J. (2006), The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades, Portland, Me, Stenhouse Publishers
The Daily 5 is a widely used literacy program used in many New Brunswick schools, making this an extremely valuable resource to be familiar with. the authors explain step by step the training process in preparing students to work independently through literacy centres. During my second internship, I had the opportunity to experience and facilitate this literacy program first hand. Having this book, as a point of reference will be a resource that will support and guide me through the early stages of implementing this in my classroom.
The Cafe Book is written by the same authors and compliments the Daily 5 literacy system. The Cafe menu focuses on developing students reading comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary by giving students various reading strategies.
Like Daily 5, the content of this book is taught in many New Brunswick classroom. I found that having this book on hand during my internships to be very beneficial. The Cafe Menu differs from Daily 5 as it focuses specifically on aiding emergent readers develop reading comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding their vocabulary. This book breaks down these complex ideas into small strategies to help students develop reading strategies.
Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work by Dufour et al. was the course textbook for the Professional Leaning Community (PLC) class at St. Thomas. Although this book provides readers with an excellent overview about how PLC's can be successful in school, it also provides contexts to help identify when a PLC is being effective and when it is now. In New Brunswick many schools have already adopted the PLC approach in schools which is why I have identified it as being a notable book, but another reason I feel that it would be of benefit to have in on hand in the classroom is to ensure that teacher (myself) included to not loose focus on the purpose of PLC's- shared mission, vision, values and goals- with a focus on student learning.
Reading this text has truly opened my eyes to new perspective about the relationships between schools-teacher, teacher-teacher, teacher-student in a very positive way.
Differentiation in Action by Judith Dodge is an excellent introductory book to implementing differentiation strategies in the classroom.This book has multiple practical applications to ensure that the diverse learning needs of all students are being met in the classroom.