Teachers’ Professional Day will be observed this Friday, October 20, and all schools will be closed.

However, the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation has encouraged the management of schools to organise activities for professional development and the advancement of their institutions.

Several activities have been planned at the nursery, primary and secondary level. At the Maria Holder Nursery School, Oldbury, St. Philip, teachers will remain at the school to hear former Principal of Eden Lodge Nursery School and Supervising Tutor at Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, Lucille Goddard, discuss ways to create and assess learning centres in early childhood education classrooms, as well as Teaching Story Telling Effectively.

At the other Maria Holder Nursery School, Gall Hill, Christ Church, Media Resource Officer, Charmaine Seale, will train teachers in the use of the Smartboard and conduct a session on Puppetry in Education.

Meanwhile, at Eden Lodge Nursery School, teachers will travel to Infinity on the Beach, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, to examine Team Building and Leadership Skills Development.  Leadership Coach Marlon Charles will facilitate the session.

At the primary level, Westbury Primary School will be at Golden Sands, Maxwell, Christ Church, where Deputy Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson, will discuss Teacher Professionalism, while Bayley’s Primary will gather at Colony Club, Porter’s St. James, to hear Senior Education Officer from the Examination Section of the Ministry, Glyne Price, speak on Test Construction.

Hillaby Turner’s Hall will join with St. John Primary to host a session on Emotional Intelligence at Infinity on the Beach, St. Lawrence Gap. Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, School of Education, Cave Hill Campus, Dr. Ian Marshall, will facilitate the event.

The secondary level will see teachers from Harrison College going to the Island Inn Hotel, Aquatic Gap, St. Michael to hear former Principal of People’s Cathedral, now with BIMAP, Dr. Kenroy Burke, and Psychiatrist, Joanne Brathwaite-Drummond, discuss Teacher Motivation and Conflict Management.

Teachers from Coleridge & Parry School will spend the day examining Reflective Practices – A Toolkit for Professional Growth with two senior psychologists from the University of the West Indies – Dr. Mia Jules and Dr. Donna Maynard.  An important aspect of this will be Stress in the Profession. The event takes place at Mahogany Ridge, Plum Tree Road, St. Thomas.

The Deighton Griffith School will conduct a workshop on Technology in Education at the Kingsland, Christ Church institution. The school’s Principal, Anthony Alleyne, along with former training officer in the Training Administration Division, Laura Taylor, will facilitate the session.

Meanwhile, Frederick Smith Secondary will be at the Barbados Yacht Club addressing the topic: Take Good Care of Yourself. Facilitator for the session will be psychologist, Pat Sealy. Most of the activities will get under way at 9:00 a.m.

Teachers’ Professional Day is part of the activities to mark Education Month 2017, which is being celebrated under the theme: Firm Foundations = Quality Education.

School re-opens on Monday, October 23.


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