Getting ready for a day of lectures...
I'm back in the role of a student today - away from home, notebook in hand and ready to fill my brain with new and hopefully helpful information for my daughter's school. I boarded a train yesterday evening bound for Toronto, where the EQAO Symposium is being held. For those of you not familiar with it, EQAO stands for the Education Quality and Accountability Office and is the organization responsible for administering the standardized testing completed by all Grade 3, 6 and 10 students in Ontario, and analyzing the results. I was invited to attend the conference as a parent representative, largely due to my current role as the Co-Chair of Tecumseh's School Council... I traveled with two Teachers from the school, the Principal, and my Co-Chair. After a restless night of sleep at the Westin Harbour Castle, our day started early with registration and a lovely breakfast and was followed by a succession of speakers lecturing on everything from making schools a "Harbour of Hope" to the ways that boys learn differently than girls. While some presentations didn't quite hit the mark, I've learned a lot and have been enjoying my time as a "learner" again... having a couple days of completely adult conversation doesn't hurt either, I must say!