Yesterday was an amazing day at Elmwood. Last year, you may recall that as part of our curriculum review, we interviewed 25% of the student body from Grades 4-12. From those interviews, we developed questions for further research. Since September, our teachers have been working in PLCs or Professional Learning Communities. Their topics of research ranged from homework and assessment to how we might develop the concept of Google’s 20% time to allow our students more freedom to study topics of personal interest. After months of work, the groups presented their findings and recommendations to the Curriculum Review Team yesterday.
The presentations were lively and engaging. It’s clear that a lot of healthy debate and discussion has occurred as our teachers tackled some tricky issues. Some groups are ready to present their recommendations to the rest of the faculty, others are still working their way through their complex problem. Either way, I have never been prouder of our faculty. They have worked incredibly hard and developed some fascinating ideas that I hope we can put into practice.
Winterim, which occurred last week, is another example of our faculty’s leadership and expertise. This year’s Winterim was our best yet, with a huge variety of activities on offer and great student engagement from all. This week in our “Time to Shine” spotlight we’ve highlighted some excellent Winterim examples.
At Elmwood, we are committed to being an innovative school. Our latest strategic plan is explicit about that. In order to be truly innovative, we need the expertise and ideas of our faculty. It is exciting to see them so engaged in building our next-generation curriculum. I am excited about what our future holds and so grateful to them for all they do for Elmwood.