He has been at CWA for 6 years and believes so strongly in the IB and its' mission and philosophies. His daughter attended the school 4 years ago and is now going on to high school in the fall. The school taught her to be both and inquirer and very reflective about her studies.
He is excited at the prospect of being part of the change within the PYP and incorporating specialists- especially PE- into the POI and as a major part of the collaborative planning at schools. He sees a real need for stand-alone planners for specialists and classroom teachers making authentic connections to these planners and supporting them whenever possible.
Leading up to the workshop, we surveyed the participants and asked them their goals for the workshop and what they hoped to get out of the weekend and where they stand at their own school(s) with collaborative planning as well as their comfort level with the PYP.
Lucky for me, the responses were the same as I had a few years previous when I first started at an IB school. Some were not sure where and how they were to fit in at their schools and did not know how to address inquiry in the gymnasium, courts and fields where their teaching takes place.
For the duration of the workshop we addressed the concerns they had through TGFU (Teaching Games for Understanding) practical sessions in our extra-large conference room. We also took on the task of going through the POI's of different schools and making links to classroom planners. A lot of interesting ideas were generated on how to make the authentic links to planners.
In addition, we got into creating planners for stand-alone units in PE. Net games, invasion games, adventure challenge and fielding games units were created and are shared to this day between the participants.