The New Teacher Induction Sessions follow the The Instructional Environment Model (IEM):
|Instructional Environment Model|
The goals of the Instructional Environment Model are to:
The New Teacher Induction (NTI) sessions are broken into four sessions:
The connection with new teachers carries over into the other sessions as we learn together. The content of all of the sessions was very well received. Tori Krogsgaard (new teacher) appreciated the introduction to RPS resources. Jasmine Johnson (new teacher), stated, "My favourite session were the RAN and Inquiry sessions. I really liked the RAN Model and want to get into using it more next year. An area that I think would work well with this strategy is First Nations content: to see where the students are at and what knowledge base they already have, and then see where the conversations would lead."
I realize that I have to be very strategic in how I plan my time and what sessions to attend. It is not always possible to attend every session. I try to ensure I attend one day of each component, and with a teacher I am currently working with so we could plan together.
The planning time during the NTI sessions meant that I had the opportunity to work with Chris and Jasmine on supporting a balanced literacy program, and Tori with the Explore + 4 structure. Over the course of the year the working relationships grew as we developed a mutual trust and a stronger collaborative partnership. From a teacher's perspective, Chris said : "Sharia spent many sessions with me, in my classroom...she helped me get my head around an entire new approach to literacy. I feel that the implementation was a success with my students and I’m looking forward to keep improving on it next year!"
Jasmine felt, " I especially loved when you (Sharia) came into my classroom and supported me in the Daily 5 process. I really didn’t have a lot of knowledge with the Daily 5 and your help with this was huge and really appreciated. It is my classroom's favourite part of our day."
The goal of the NTI sessions is to strengthen instruction and enhance learning and achievement. It is also to provide new teachers to RPS the opportunity to meet one another and work with an Instructional Consultant to provide support in their first years of teaching. When summarizing his own experiences, Tori's reflections would indicate that these goals were achieved: "as a new teacher I had no idea about the resources that were available to me. The NTI was extremely helpful at introducing me to available resources.The NTI also introduced me to the consultants that were available to work and plan with me.These two things made my first year much smoother than it otherwise would have been." posted by: Sharia Warnecke [Instructional Consultant]