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!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/weareteachers/27-gifs-that-nail-the-life-of-a-teacher-h0xt 

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Photo of John Faig

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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Oh, I want that PD. When people are willing to stay late because they want to be there. When you lose track of time.

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A beautiful thing, right?

Photo of Chris Good

LOVE LOVE LOVE - nothing like humor to build empathy over shared misery. So I have to pile on! My wife sent me these last week! http://www.buzzfeed.com/weareteachers/the-61-best-teacher-memes-on-the-internet-h0xt

Photo of Laura Bradley

Oh, my -- #8, 19 and 29 FTW!

Photo of Dan Blake

I love this post, Laura. I'm often struck by the disconnect between what we know about learning and the types of environments and approaches that foster curiosity and engagement versus the way much of the PD I have experienced has been structured and delivered. "Sit & get" PD at the end of a long teaching day or on a release day when you're not sure what's happening back at school with your sub is clearly not an approach that will have much impact. Unfortunately, it is the all-too-common approach that is taken. Those in positions to design professional learning experiences for teachers must take as much care and concern for designing engaging experiences as teachers do in designing high quality lessons plans for their students.

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Seems obvious, right? But then I think of the people we bring in to do PD: we say to them, "You will have teachers of all subjects, all grade levels. Teach them something." Seems like a set-up for failure, right?

Photo of Paula Marra

Laughter brings to any situation a relaxed feel, when we laugh I believe we let go and are in flow . I agree would be brilliant to have PDs the same way we prepare our lessons! Let's work together toward this! We all will only gain x

Photo of Emma Scripps

Laughter IS the best - and it's interesting how we have such memory for things we thought were funny. This is a great insight. How might we use humor as a way to engage teachers during PD? Love it.