Educators typically love learning, that is why we do what we do. However if you were to play a game of “Would You Rather” with educators and asked: Would you rather do manual labor or attend a professional development session, I have no doubt that the manual labor would win. Why is that? What’s the problem with PD?
When I posed this question to my digital learning network, the responses were varied .
Looking at the problems mentioned, they seem to fit into one of 5 generalizations. Key issues are busy lives, relevance, value, delivery, and fun. I created an infographic to elaborate.
Interestingly the majority of these issues can be remedied by applying our own good advice about teaching students to the task of teaching adults. There’s not much we can do about how busy educators are, but we can make the effort to ensure that professional development is relevant, valuable, and delivered in a way that is respectful of the expertise and differences of our adult learners. If we can also add an element of fun, PD can be a homerun.
I will explore HOW we can do that in the next post in this series, “A Recipe for Success.”
For quite a while, I have thought about and intended to get back to blogging about education and learning. I feel there is such power in collaboration and sharing which can be accomplished through an online Professional Learning Network. I certainly benefit greatly from the connections I have made through Twitter, Pinterest, and Linked In. My digital PLN is probably my single most valuable source of professional development and learning about new trends in education, technology tools, and teaching strategies. I have become quite an adept researcher and consumer, and I know that I have potential to give back to my PLN by sharing my own expertise.
To this point that has been limited to a few inconsistent attempts to blog, and my many many retweets and pins of great content and ideas which I have found. It is time that I “practice what I preach” to the faculty at my school and do some better sharing of my own ideas and thoughts. Hence the “Grand Opening” of Apples for the Teacher. A cliched name for sure, but with multiple meanings. I want this to be a gift to other educators; giving back in return for the great benefit I have received through collaborating with my virtual PLN. I also want this blog to serve as a tool to help “keep the doctor away” so to speak for teachers, in the sense that I’d like to provide virtual coaching and support that all educators need to grow from good to great.
I will do my very best to post at least once a week. With testing season ahead, and my new (yippee!) role as testing coordinator on my plate, this will be tough. So the first thing I’m going to do is use one of my most valued tech tools and add a reminder to my Google Calendar to write a post each week. I have plenty to say, let’s just hope I can make the time to sit down and write it out to share!