Professional Development Can Be Hands-On?
When you think of professional development, what do you picture? A faculty meeting that lasts an hour in which you mostly discuss logistics? A sit-and-get conference? During workshops, conferences, meetings, whatever you would like to call it, we spend time discussing pedagogy, cutting edge lessons, engagement and so on, but ironically many times these gatherings are just the opposite of what we are encouraging our educators to do. Educators discuss how to make classrooms engaging, hands-on, real-world, but we do not model that same setting during our meetings.
A Twist on Traditional Conference Style Learning
I wrote a post earlier in which I explained a conference our school recently hosted called Lausanne Learning Institute of the Southwest. A conference in which we offered a day of general sessions and a day in which fishbowl sessions occurred on our campus with our students. To read that post, click here.
Fish are Friends…Not Food!!!
The best part, for me, of attending a conference for professional development is the invigorating energy that I receive from being around other dedicated educators. I love hearing about their passions and seeing innovative and unique practices and concepts from master practitioners. It is truly inspiring.