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Impact of the IMYM Project on Grade 8 Pilot Teachers: A Follow-up Report

May 2001

Prepared by Distance Learning and Information Technologies Unit, Program Development Branch, Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth


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3.0 Self-Directed Professional Learning

IMYM8 pilot teachers participated in 12 days of classroom release time for professional learning related to implementing the interdisciplinary unit Systems and Interactions. One of the twelve professional learning days was designated as a self-directed day. Pilot teachers used this time to obtain personalized training in any particular area in which they needed to strengthen their skills. The pilot teachers were asked how they had spent this self-directed day. The following table illustrates how the grade 8 IMYM pilot teachers spent their self-directed professional learning day.

Self-Directed Professional Learning Activities

Self-Directed Professional Learning Activities Number (%)
Systems and Interactions unit planning with teaching team 32 (53%)
Assessment and evaluation of IMYM students 13 (21%)
Design of classroom website 7 (11%)
Facilitating collaborative learning 5 (8%)
Digital camera and video editing 3 (5%)
Electronic portfolios and CD-ROM burning 1 (2%)

 

Data Collection Form for Self-Directed Professional Learning
As IMYM8 pilot teachers you are entitled to twelve days of professional learning. The IMYM Project Team has provided ten such days. Of the two remaining days, one is the IMYM8 follow-up and the other is a self-directed day. Please complete this form as a record of how you have spent/will spend this self-directed day (or two half days).
Please specifiy how you have spent/will spend your self-directed professional learning day.
Check Box Systems and Interactions unit planning with teaching team
Check Box Facilitating collaborative learning
Check Box Classroom website design
Check Box Electronic portfolios and CD-ROM burning
Check Box Digital camera and video editing
Check Box Visitation to another IMYM school
Check Box Assessment and evaluation of IMYM students
Check Box Classroom network management
Check Box Other approved activity, please specify ___________________________________

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