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Thursday, April 30, 2009

What does a PD look like to you?



Professional development should extend past an houror a day don't you think? What better way to continue teh ocnversation then via wikis blogs and web 2.0 tools?

Great post by Will Richardson, this was my reply ..it's something that I would love to spend more time thinking and talking about.

Pd should be a conversation of learning. Karl, Bud, and Ben put on what I thought was the best professional development day that I’ve been a part of. “What is Learning 2.0: A Colorado Conversation?” It truly was a conversation, with great content and meaningful discussion and at times some productive debate. Those connections with each other allow us access in these economic times to a great resource, and that’’s other teachers. It’s an exciting time we love in, I’m happy to be apart of it.
But, I think that hooking our audience with web 2.0 tools or any other “carrot” is also a good thing. Getting teachers on the computer and interacting with content sometimes is a great learning opportunity that if rushed creates push back in my experience; so “playing” first can still be a good thing.

2 comments:

Matt T. said...

Found your blog via Twitter. I think a valuable (but often "missing") aspect of PD is differentiation. With such a big emphasis on this very idea in our classrooms, it only makes sense to do the same for our professional learning. I blogged about it a while back: http://bit.ly/3AKoai

Michael Wacker @mwacker said...

Thanks Matt, I think that's a great point and one that's often undervalued. How do we differentiate in a workplace? The labels that are hidden to children are transparent for adults, how can we differentiate without alienating? I look forward to reading your blog.