Day 51 (of 183) learning with peers @bcpvpa #bcpvpa
After a couple days of sitting at conference/meeting tables, I find that I really miss my standing desk! And I’m seeing a number of people I like talking to, but not sure we’ll be able to find each other for more chats)
But….over the past few years, the bcpvpa has given more and more time over to the ‘tables’. Districts are intermingled, rural/urban, north/south etc so we can learn from districts beyond our ‘closest neighbours’. And it allows for some neat conversations as we seek alignment (and realize alignment is very difficult within a school, let alone provincially!). But we get to see that learning changes from school to school as well as from district to district – not necessarily ‘for better or for worse’ but just different.
During table talk and wandering time, we are able to share on a variety of topics ‘not on the business agenda’. Assessment strategies, eportfolios, literacy interventions, etc . Able to brag about what is working well, and in-confidence complain about things that are bugging us (the power of venting).
It helps to show the power of relationships and the value of the informal nature of so much of our professional development…..it also leads to the importance of being available for relationships and professional development – why I get to do double duty this weekend and share with a university weekend class on eportfolios in between my “live in attendance” events!
Some of the best learning comes from the unscheduled (but still somewhat planned) meet & greet (& Skype) opportunities!
update: just confirmed that I will be continuing to be part of UBC/BCPVPA ShortCourse this summer (with a slightly ‘enhanced’ role…..more to come)