Laughter is the best medicine, especially when the GIFs ring so true.

What if PD was as good as the best lessons we prepare for our students?

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I am inspired by the many great ideas being shared here, but I am also feeling a bit overwhelmed wondering how we will ever bring about such significant changes to a system that has a long history of resisting change. So I think now is the time to lighten things up with a little humor. This BuzzFeed post not only gave me some great laughs, but I marvel at how much of it rings true for me. And the one that stopped me short was the one in the image above: do we sit there and grit our teeth through PD, eagerly packing up our things as we watch the clock tick towards our long awaited release time?

What if PD was planned the way we try to plan for our students? Engaging, hands-on, meaningful, with application to "real life"? What if we didn't even notice the ticking of the clock because we were so involved in our PD, enjoying the learning, looking forward to bringing it to our students, eager to master whatever new concept is being presented? Oh, what great PD that would be! 


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I've had good luck with "Food for Thought" informal dinners (with beer & wine). Each one was 90 minutes long and included a fun/funny ice breaker and the format and topic was kept secret until you arrived. It was always based on feedback from the previous dinner. People could have talked all night, but the hard stop made people eager to attend the next one.

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