Keystone Magazine - Page 53

Q: What kind of professional training will IPC provide? What type of training will Keystone’s primary school teachers receive? A: We will invite trainers from IPC to provide training for our teachers when they arrive in July. All teachers will go through this core training, which will complement the wider goals of Keystone. They will know the IPC fundamentals; they will know how it works, how it is structured, and how it works within our context. This said, so much of their understanding of the IPC is going to be reflected back from their children - from what they see and how they see it in operation. I will work with the teachers before the IPC trainers come and after they leave. I will meet with teachers on a regular basis to plan and discuss how the IPC can be reflected throughout the school. So training will be ongoing as well. Gary Bradshaw at an office meeting “The IPC is empowering and lends itself to great opportunities for learning.” Q: Who or what has had the most influence on you in your career as an educator? A: I had a teacher named Mr. Williams who was my Science and Math teacher when I was about 10 years old studying at a boarding school in England. I look back on him really, really fondly. People could ask him absolutely anything and he would take the time to answer. We used to call him Mr. Williams, ‘Lord of the hamsters and Lord of the lab’. That was because he was our go–to person if we needed help with our pet hamsters. We were in a closed boarding school so we could not go out, except for the major holidays. We relied on Mr Williams to buy food for our pets and also provide the science lab where we kept them and observed them. Thankfully they were never part of our science experiments! We could do anything that we liked in the science lab. Mr. Williams would be up there in front of the class telling us about biology, and the students, myself included, would literally be inside of the cupboards helping ourselves. We used to take lead from the roof, bring it into the science lab, melt it down and make things. Most of this happened when he was there. He knew exactly what was going on, but I think he was saying to himself: Hey, these kids are learning a lot by being creative. It was his understanding of kids, and his compassion as a human being that made me connect with him. 51