I recently attended edcampgb and have been following the midwest google summit via Twitter #mwgs and have learned a number of things that I can instantly apply. I am currently listening to a podcast with Kevin Honeycutt, and many others like #kidsdeserveit recently that have provided a number of opportunities to learn. These experiences helped create this week's conversation on Personalized PD. PD meaning Professional Development.
Time is the biggest obstacle to creating change. One thing that I had to remind myself was that each and every one of us have the same number of hours, minutes, seconds of each day, week and month. The thing that is different is how we use that time. There are people who are doing amazing things with their time that are changing education and more importantly changing lives. I share this piece honestly that I do not feel I use my time effectively - there are more things I can learn, there are opportunities to connect with my kids that I miss and there are opportunities to work out and get healthy that I pass on too often. The first step is determining what are your individual goals and second create a plan to make those goals a reality.
What is the best PD you have ever experienced?
Where do you Turn to Learn?
What are you looking for in PD?
Who in your PLN do you look to for PD?
What aspects of PD do you dislike- what would you change in PD or better what is your vision for PD?
Do you like choice in PD? Do you provide choice for your students? Does your classroom look like your ideal learning situation?
What is one new way that you can/will do to connect to others to learn?
Bonus Questions -
If students in your class were asked each day would they be able to answer- What are you learning?
If students in your class were asked each day would they be able to answer- Why are you learning it?