After reading this blog post by Dr. Brad Gustafson and Jessica Cabeen, I was in awe of how they had planned, organized and executed their PD days. I’ve done a lot of reading on professional development, and have learned a great deal, especially from the amazing Katie Martin (if you don’t follow her on twitter, you REALLY should!). This lead me to want to create and live better PD days. Although I’m not an administrator (I’m currently a grade 1 teacher), I signed up to be on the PD committee at my school this year. So, at our last meeting when we were planning one of our upcoming PD days, I suggested that we use the blog post mentioned above as inspiration. We wanted to include the teachers’ voice and choice in the day. We also knew it would be important to embed reflection time in the day, (right George Couros?). Finally, we wanted to create a day that went along with our school goals for the year; one of which is that every educator will try at least 2 new “approaches” this year (we say approaches, but it’s not limited to that… take risks, try something new). Here’s what our day today will look like:
Teachers will have the opportunity to come and go as they please to visit a few different sessions that will be given, in order to learn more about something that interests them. The sessions will be very informal and will go along with what the people who attend want and need. Our hope is that we can take everyone from where they are and help them to move forward. Here are topics we will be covering today:
- Project based learning
- Regie Routman
We also have a Reading Café set up, where educators are invited to take the time that they never have to dive into some professional reading. (I plan to spend at least an hour there today, and finally take the time to dive into Launch, a book that I bought in early January and haven’t had the chance to read yet).
Finally, at the end of the day, everyone will be given half an hour of reflection time.
It’s 9am, and it’s go time! I can’t wait to see what the staff thinks of the day! 🙂