OISE INCH (Innovation, Networking, and Creativity Hub) is a unique Saturday morning professional learning program and social exchange for middle year to high school educators. The morning includes innovative networking activities and engaging, interactive workshops facilitated by enthusiastic Ontario-based educators.
During the event, you’ll actively participate in two hands-on workshops, where you’ll gain relevant, engaging and ready-to-use strategies, resources and teaching and learning activities. In exchange, you’ll simply share your own innovative “trade items” with your facilitators – which can be as simple as an inspirational quote, or a teaching and learning strategy or resource you’ve put into practice.
This program aims to bring together educators from across Toronto and the GTA, and to provide a space for innovative and creative learning, networking and the sharing of best practices.
OISE INCH intends to build the foundation of a community of practice for dynamic educators to join together to share their own knowledge, experience and expertise with other educators.
The program was designed by Katy Whitfield, a Toronto high school teacher and OISE MEd graduate (2014) in collaboration with OISE Continuing and Professional Learning.
Date: November 3, 2018
8:45-9:00AM: Check-in and registration
9:00-9:20AM: Welcome and Networking Activities
9:30-10:45AM: INCH WORKSHOP 1
Choose one of:
A1. Shifting practice and pedagogy to more innovative practice in the 21st century classroom
Facilitator: Katy Whitfield, Teacher, Toronto District School Board
A2. The Dramatic Classroom
Facilitator: Marcel Dragonieri, Teacher, Toronto District School Board
11:00-12:15PM: INCH WORKSHOP 2
Choose one of:
B1. The Conscientious Classroom: Mindfulness and Anti-Oppression Strategies for positive classroom communities
Facilitator: Sara Faulkner, Teacher, York Region District School Board
B2. Meditation and Mindfulness in the Classroom
Facilitator: David Reibetanz, Teacher, Toronto District School Board
12:15-12:45PM: Sharing, Wrap-up
Trading items for knowledge
Participants will be expected to bring one trade item per workshop = two in total (could be two of the same or different as they will be given to two different teacher-facilitators)
- An item/object/piece of writing/lesson plan/game/activity/advice/piece of art that the facilitator could use to enhance the innovation, networking and collaborative work that they do in their teaching practice. Accompanying this item is a brief explanation as to which of the areas (innovation/networking and/or collaboration) it connects to and how.
- A beach ball that could be used in collaborative team-building activities that is covered with get-to-know you questions on it and a short list of instructions as to how it could be used as a classroom game.
- A favourite lesson plan that demonstrates student thinking in innovative ways-in the format of choice of the teacher participant.
- A drawing, photograph, quotation written in calligraphy or cool writing, etc. that represents one of the areas with an explanation as to how this could be a starting point for collaborative inquiry in a classroom.
- A top 10 list of books/resources that would help a teacher to best support 21st century learners made up on a bookmark.
- A piece of poetry or spoken word, original or found that could be used as a mind’s on activity in a classroom.