I interviewed my colleague, Matt O'Donnell, on powerful professional learning. Here's what he had to say:
In our 21st C. classrooms, a teacher can’t keep up on everything. Instead, we have to be able to allow our students to try new things and to learn alongside them. We have to embrace professional development that's learn-as-you-go.
I think the most powerful PD is when teachers see their colleague taking a risk. Maybe they're saying, “I was afraid to give up my seating chart” or “I’m not sure how this is going to work”. A teacher explaining their risk-taking to other teachers is one of our most powerful learning opportunities.