Friday, March 28, 2014
PD? Really? Umm...I Don't Have Time?
Why do teachers seem to dislike professional development opportunities so much? What will make PD more interesting and relevant to teachers?
Here are some of the things a group of our teachers recently said they would like to see more of in professional development:
Choice: teachers, like their students want choice. The one size fits all mentality doesn't work anymore. We keep telling teacher to individualize learning and give choice to their students. Now they want the same opportunities.
Teacher taught and led: Teachers want to learn from other teachers. I think it's a comfort thing. Teachers teaching other teachers just makes sense.
Time to practice what they learn: We need to give teachers more time to process what they learn. We also need to give them the time they need to practice what they learn.
Recognition: Teachers want to be recognized for the things they do. It is amazing to me how important things like badges are to teachers. Let's recognize them for their learning. We all know how valuable time is to teachers.
Extended learning times: Teachers want extended time to not only learn but to apply and/or produce a product they can use. You can't get that sort of learning in 30-45 minute sit and gets.
What do you think professional learning opportunities should look like? Let me know in the comments section.
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