The I-Think Practicum is a year-long program designed to help you make Integrative Thinking your own. As an application-based program, we bring together 15 educators to deeply explore their practice in a supportive community.
The program was co-designed with educators across grade levels, subject areas and school boards. The program is based on the theory that making Integrative Thinking your own requires three components:
DEEP DIVE INTO THE INTEGRATIVE THINKING TOOLBOX
Through theory and practice, our sessions explore the underlying theories that build and connect Integrative Thinking. Teachers feel empowered when they can deepen their understanding of a tool and are empowered to manipulate it in new ways.
PLAYING WITH NEW IDEAS IN THE CLASSROOM
After each deep dive, participants are asked to play and test the tools in their classrooms. For some, this is a quick activity to test a new idea. For others, it's a multi-class, curriculum-connected experience. Artefacts from their tests help focus the discussion and help develop insights.
SHARING AND REFLECTING
We take the time to share artefacts from the classroom and learn from them. We build mastery by identifying best practices of what worked and explore what caused the struggles, failures and flops (because there will be some!). Together, we leverage practice to build best practices.
Each year, the program is customized to the group. Each participant grounds themselves with their own inquiry question, which we revisit throughout the program as a touchstone for reflection. In previous years, teachers explored the impact of Integrative Thinking on mental health, how Integrative Thinking might build student confidence in math and how might the educator move from the "sage on the stage" to the "guide on the side."
Location and Time
All sessions are held at the Rotman School of Management.
The program runs from September 2017 to June 2018 starting with one full-day Saturday program on Saturday, September 23rd. The rest of the program is on the following Wednesdays:
- October 11th
- November 8th
- December 6th
- January 31st
- February 21st
- March 21st
- April 25th
- May 16th
- June 6th
Evening sessions start with dinner at 5:30pm and the program from 6:00 - 8:30pm.
Applications for the 2017 - 2018 Practicum are now closed.
Applications for the 2018 - 2019 program will open in February 2018.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.