I-Think Practicum: A Deeper Dive into Integrative Thinking

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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."

There is always this tension between what needs to be done immediately, such as marking and photocopying, and what makes us better educators. Practicum is an opportunity to care about my professional development alongside an incredible caliber of teachers. These are teachers willing to share their work in service of the community learning. Nowhere else have I failed as much to learn as much.
— Jeremy Dickstein, Practicum 2014-2015
 

Apply

Practicum 2016-2017 is full. Watch for the 2017-2018 Practicum application deadline date. You can fill out Google Form through the button below to indicate interest. We will email you when applications open in June.

  

 

Costs

Cost for all program materials and meals is $450 + HST. 

 

Location and Time

All sessions are held at the Rotman School of Management.

The program runs from October 2016 to June 2017 starting with one full-day:

  • Saturday, October 15th

and 10 evening sessions, ending with a celebration in June. Program dates are on the following Tuesdays: 

  • October 25, 2016
  • November 22, 2016
  • December 13, 2016
  • January 31, 2017
  • February 21, 2017
  • March 28, 2017
  • April 18, 2017
  • May 16, 2017
  • June 6, 2017

Evening sessions start with dinner at 5:30pm and the program from 6:00 - 8:30pm.

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.