The Tabor community will soon have a great opportunity to do some unlearning! Unlearning can be as important as learning, especially when we need to let go of outdated ideas and practices.
On February 21, faculty and students will have the opportunity to learn about...well, learning! Dr. Pedro DeBruyckere, educational scientist and author, will be on campus to lead a morning of professional development with our faculty while our students enjoy a sleep-in. Later in the day, students will hear him share some common misconceptions and realities related to effective study techniques. The timing couldn’t be better—as our students will have a chance to put his tips and expertise to immediate use as they prepare for their trimester exams starting just a week and a half later.
Coauthor of Urban Myths about Learning and Education (2015) and author of The Ingredients for Great Teaching (2018), DeBruyckere is a lead faculty member for the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) each summer in its Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy. His research centers on how teachers can maximize student learning in their classrooms. As a pioneer partner organization with the CTTL, Tabor Academy has been fortunate to send groups of 12-14 faculty members each summer to engage in learning about Mind Brain Education research-informed strategies to guide how we teach to enhance the effectiveness of student learning.
“Learning how to ride a bike requires a different form of practice and concentration than preparing to take part as an experienced cyclist in the Tour De France. Similarly…that beginners learn differently from experts reflects the complex learning trajectory that learners, and their teachers, must follow.” (DeBruyckere, 2018)
Tabor faculty have attended the CTTL Academy over the last two summers and this will be the third campus visit by one of the CTTL faculty in as many years. “Our faculty CTTL participants from the last two summers know Pedro to be a fun, engaging, and knowledgeable presenter, highly regarded in the learning sciences field,” says Eileen Marceau, Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs. “We are excited to welcome him to campus to work with our faculty and I’m equally excited he’ll have an opportunity to talk to our students.”
To fully maximize the value of his visit to Tabor, we have shifted the schedule so that classes begin at 10:30 AM, allowing our students to sleep in a bit while the faculty have their professional development session. It’s no myth that adolescents need their sleep, so hopefully they will appreciate the delayed start as well as the pearls of education wisdom from Dr. Pedro DeBruyckere!
We are offering an opportunity for the parents/guardians of students of color to gather, process and connect around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Tabor. This Zoom meeting will provide an opportunity to hear from campus leadership, time for open discussion, as well as an opportunity to ask questions. This meeting is an affinity space for parents/guardians of children of color only.