Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What is good PD in 140 characters or less.

What is good PD? I asked that question using Twitter and received many responses. The responses are posted below. Can you detect any common themes?




@JPPrezz: Good PD is engaging, relevant, and participant-driven

@runfardvs: IMO good PD is aimed at classroom practice, adaptable for each teacher's situation, and has follow-up

@skipvia: A structure for providing your own PD. No institution can provide everything every teacher needs.

@mountainteacher: individualized and convenient with time to apply and reflect

@nathanpitt: interactive activities (have people DO something) and opportunities for "projects" that last beyond time of PD "class."

@erringreg: Good PD is relevant, purposeful, pushes you beyond your comfort zone enough to shift your thinking. My MEd was good PD.

@monicaannebatac: Conversations reign supreme.

@northeagles: Simple: educators spending time together discussing kids/education/professional practice-then setting goals 4improvement

@ShawnMcCusker: good PD helps teachers deliver an improved classroom experience to students.

@sonicgeekette: Good PD is learning from other educators in Twitter!

@christensen143: Brian I think good PD ties in Technology. I'm biased as the Tech Dir but we throw so much tech at teachers with little PD.

@erniec: job embedded, inquiry based, purpose driven

@techyturner: PD that is relevant and timely.

@Michelle_Horst: One that interests and motivates you as a teacher! Perhaps one chosen, and not prescribed? Ask: Will I learn as a result?

Thanks to all who responded!

5 comments:

  1. One I would add... Must be ongoing rather than an event. I think we do a disservice to education by stating that teachers only do professional development on PD days as we all know effective teachers professionally learn every day.

    Pro D days could be powerful but if that is all they are... A day... Then we miss the point on what professional learning should be.

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  2. he article is written in a nearly surreal voice whereby, if you let it, you’ll gloss over the entire point it is inadvertently making and actually.

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  3. Quality PD is facilitated by teachers, not just researchers. The thinking done in PD should be motivated by each teacher's individual needs. The most powerful PD in which I have ever participated prompted me to list problems I encounter in my classroom that are within my control, then I was charged with solving one. I was given time, guidance, resources, and collaboration, but then I was expected to present. It changed my thinking and my practice.

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