At the OEYC Ottawa South, we have done a good deal of work on aligning our programming with ELECT. But we have realized that it is time to take a step "back to basics" and review the principles together as well.
At our monthly team meetings, we will take the time to review and discuss one principle at a time. How? We will view a video from the Ministry of Education website (click here to view site and videos) and use the accompanying questions as a starting point for a quick brainstorming session.
Our goal will be to identify our strengths as well as ways we can improve. Most of all, this should help us ensure we are on the "same page" as a team and that we fully understand the framework. Our next meeting is scheduled for May so stay posted for an update on this exercise!As planned, we viewed the videos at the end of our team meeting in May. However, we quickly realized that leaving it to the end of our meeting didn't leave us enough time to properly discuss the videos and the related principle. Since this is one of our priorities, our program supervisor allowed us to dedicate the first hour of our next team meetings to this exercise.
In June, we met again and we were able to have a great brainstorming session. We discussed what the principle meant to us, what we were doing well and how we could improve. Finally, we agreed upon 3 objectives to work on and review at our September team meeting.
We will continue doing this until we have reviewed all 6 principles.