An effective model of professional learning…

Joining the cohort of teachers learning with @langwitches last week, when I could, I found them highly engaged and involved in their own learning. The approach was different from the last time Silvia visited our school. This time she worked with a group of teachers, each of whom elected to participate, a diverse group with varying […]

5 misconceptions about professional learning…

We have just experienced a week of professional learning with Sam Sherratt and Chad Walsh of ‘Time Space Education‘ and it couldn’t have been better. My first reflection here, relates to commonly held misconceptions about effective ‘PD’. I hope I can do the learning justice in further posts. Misconception #1. Presenters should be known ‘experts’. […]

10 principles of effective professional learning…

Apparently this random comment (my response to a tweet in last week’s #edchat) was well received! This got me thinking (again) about the principles of effective professional learning for educators. In no particular order, the following points are based on my own experience. Effective professional learning needs to be… 1. Conceptual Effective learning for teachers […]

Who chooses your professional learning?

As we’ve moved further away from one-size-fits-all professional development, teachers at my school have taken more and more ownership of their learning. I’ve written before about communities of practice, about teachers owning their learning and about other forms of effective professional learning. Now, as we consider professional learning in the coming school year, staff will be asked to respond […]

DIY Professional Learning

Does your school run compulsory, one-size-fits-all PD? Are you ever bored, disinterested or unmotivated when attending?  Have you ever been to a conference where the presenter was dull, the audience passive and the content unengaging? Fortunately, we have the power to create our own more effective professional learning opportunities. What’s yours? Daily connection with other […]

Effective professional learning (again)…

A couple of posts this week questioning the effectiveness of conferences for teacher professional development got me thinking (again). A growing number of educators around the world feel they learn most (and best) by actively organising and engaging in their own forms of professional learning via Twitter, blogs and Teachmeets, just for instance. Read what […]

Effective professional learning…

I listened carefully. I thought about the subject matter. I looked at my watch. I focused for a while. I checked my email. I tried to listen. I thought about other things. I asked a question. I wondered why the question wasn’t answered adequately. I disengaged. I thought about effective professional development… Have you ever […]

Learning is not about covering the curriculum…

Are you a good teacher? Do you know your subject well, prepare lessons thoroughly and cover the curriculum efficiently? Do your students respect you? Is your classroom management effective? Are you organised and reflective? Here’s the thing… It’s not about YOU. Everything changes when you start with the child. Starting with the child means building […]

Learning with @langwitches…

‘The back channel is the conversation that happens behind the real life front conversation.’ I love the way @langwitches explains this to the children, even though the back channel is as much real life for me as the front conversation! On her first day working with teachers, a full day, full on workshop which blows minds […]

Coaching for learning…

Do you set the bar high and constantly seek to improve your practice? It’s a privilege to work in a school with a strong learning culture, where teachers’ professional learning is valued and new opportunities for further learning and growth are constantly being sought. The latest initiative is a one-on-one coaching model, providing opportunities for […]