What does professional learning look like at your school?
Is it presented to you? Or with you? Or by you?
Ours used to look like this:
- Administrators were responsible for staff professional development.
- Compulsory, imposed whole staff sessions were not always relevant, interesting or effective.
- PD sessions were always presented by ‘experts’, usually from outside the school.
- Separate, unrelated topics often had little or no follow-up after the initial presentation.
- Individual teachers were sent to PD that was deemed suitable for them by administrators.
Now it looks like this:
- Teachers are responsible for their own learning.
- Whole staff sessions are current, relevant, directly related to our learning principles and connected to ongoing developments.
- Voluntary focus groups meet regularly to experiment with technology, read, think and learn together, share practice and exchange ideas.
- Individual teachers select external professional learning opportunities in which they would like to participate. (within guidelines of time and budget)
- Teachers might choose to spend their PD time pursuing their own professional learning challenge or observing other teachers.
- Expertise within the school is recognised and presentation is often by teachers for teachers.
- Unit development is collaborative and includes the ICT facilitator, librarian and specialist teachers.
It still needs to look more like this:
- Teachers and administrators engage in social media for educational purposes.
- More active learning online, through virtual participation in webinars and conferences.
- Global collaborations between teachers and classes everywhere.
For me personally, it looks like this: 10 ways to grow as an educator.