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Professional development does not have to be an oxymoron


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A look at doing PD a bit differently by setting up learning environments

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Professional development does not have to be an oxymoron

  1. 1. Professional Development does not have to be an oxymoron! Patrick LarkinBurlington High School Principal, Burlington, Voice # - (559) 245-2757
  2. 2. From slideshare Presentation by Lyn Hilt and Eric Sheninger
  3. 3. "It seems as though we are willingto accept mediocre as long as theproduct, the service, or theorganization isnt totally broken."Seth Godin - Poke the Box
  4. 4. Quick Assessment of Your PD ExperienceA - GreatB - Not so Great
  5. 5. Here is how our staff responded
  6. 6. How did this happen?
  7. 7. The #Edcamp approach -Learners driving their own learning
  8. 8. The Unconference approach
  9. 9. An overview of the day
  10. 10. One of the most important parts - Don’t forget “play time”
  11. 11. Could this approach work in your school?Why or why not?
  12. 12. Final Thoughts: This day worked because it wasdesigned by teachers for teachers.  I haveheard more positive feedback on this day thanany other PD I have ever been a part of.  I keepwondering why we didnt take our PD in thisdirection a lot earlier.  If we want classroomswhere we are teaching students to becollaborative and more proactive in theirlearning, dont we have to set up a culturewhere we trust teachers to do the same?
  13. 13. Another crazy idea for PD - Google 20% time
  14. 14. What are some of the qualities of engaging learning environments?
  15. 15. What we look for in our classroom walkthroughs• Personal Response• Clear Modeled Expectations• Learn With Others• Sense of Audience• Choice• Novelty/Variety• Authenticity
  16. 16. Some other spin-offs from this experience#summeredcampdaysDistrict-wide model - My Supt’s Plan#edcampadmin#edcampsuper
  17. 17. Your thoughts and questions