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August 30, 2017
Faculty Become Students
Our faculty always inspires, motivates and educates our students but over the summer many teachers became students themselves as they participated in Branksome's three-day IB Summer Workshops.

"Everyone is sharing their ideas from all over Ontario, all over the world, and the takeaways are endless," said Paul Lamoureux, a workshop participant and principal from London, Ontario.

Nearly 200 educators participated in the workshops and some travelled from as far away as the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa to attend the annual event.

For three days, 13 top educators delivered workshops focusing on various topics from introducing new IB teachers to the Primary Years Program curriculum to math at the Diploma Program level.

"There's so much new information and we literally pack it in, its two-and-a-half days but every minute is valuable," said Giles Pinto, a workshop speaker based in the Bahamas, and a former Branksome teacher.

We were thrilled 31 Branksome faculty attended, four of whom led workshops. "It's the middle of the summer and they're here. They're not just present, they're fully engaged and have so much knowledge to offer one another and so much thirst to have an even deeper understanding," said Heather Friesen, a workshop speaker and Branksome's Head of Curriculum Innovation & Professional Learning.

Participants attended the workshops to further their knowledge of the IB liberal arts curriculum, which they will then use in their own classrooms back home. "I think we turn on a lot of light bulbs for kids and parents and I think that's a really important thing, so I like to share that with participants," said David Weber, a workshop speaker and teacher from San Diego.

The days were spent participating in insightful group discussions, practising interactive exercises, answering questions, and sharing teaching techniques. "It's always great to meet new people that have so many different ideas and so many different levels of experience. We can always learn more about how we can improve our teaching," said Todd Hirtle, a participant and teacher in Montreal.

At Branksome Hall, we are committed to providing our students with the very best resources, and that includes highly trained IB educators.

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