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Ms Y shared that she liked the “brainstorming and getting ideas” aspect of the Master Class as it allowed participants to hear different perspectives,

“Honestly, if we didn’t share, we would not learn. The sharing was impactful because we asked questions, we brought up real challenges and most importantly, everybody came together and we helped one another to sharpen it (the lesson strategies) to make it better.”

Ms Z, an experienced Senior Teacher, had similar experiences and shared how she appreciated the collaborative nature of the Master Class,

“It was good to hear that we were not alone in our struggles to try something new. Everyone struggles when learning new things and the important thing for us was to learn from those struggles.”

Opportunity to implement in the classroom: Positive impact on student learning

Anecdotal evidence from the interviews also suggested that students’ enjoyment of the strategies tried out in the classroom helped to reinforce the teachers’ belief in the PD content, and reassured them that their practices made a difference to their students’ learning of history students. Ms Y related an experience of students walking with her to the staffroom, continuing the discussion on causation which they had started during class. Similarly, Ms Z shared that after trying out the strategies in her lessons on accounts,

“..the Sec 5N students felt that historians had their own inquiry questions they were trying to answer. The historian’s context was different. So they selected sources which they deemed as reliable. My students also went on to ask questions about the reliability of the data and evidence they used, asking questions about how useful a particular evidence is and how it relates to the question.”

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An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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