Typically, when teachers think of professional development they get a picture of a beginning of the year in-service with their entire staff listening to a new testing requirement or learning about the latest (fill in the content area) program…
What about the classroom-style sessions where teachers sit and jot down notes about the coolest new gizmo, gadget or software suite their school has adopted?
These are sometimes useful, but are they truly PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT or are they training, or worse, one-sided presentations?
Here is some food for thought:
Recently, I traveled to the Bush for 3 days of one-on-one time with teachers. The Yupiit School District allowed me total access to the wonderful communities of Akiak, Akiachuk, and some contact with Tuluksak teachers. The concept was simple: I would stay up to the wee hours of the morning talking to teachers, offering suggestions, and learning their resources, and demonstrating tools applicable to their environments. I had a blast and I think a few of the teachers I worked with got a lot out of it.
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