Uplifting PD

lift me up don't weigh me down

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Professional development that allows time for sharing, reflection and collaboration at a time that is free from other obligations so I can actually be engaged.  When I worked in industry we were allowed 20% of our time to work on "new" projects of our own design.  The creativity and freedom was refreshing!  When I started teaching 35 years ago, I remember LOVING the PD days at the start of school.  There was a motivational speaker who got us all jazzed up but THEN we were given the rest of the day and the next day to work on how to implement what we had heard.  I loved being given the space and time to create with others rather than doing it at night, alone.

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The 20% "think" time is an extremely important component of innovation. It is generally done by workers who have more control over their time (as opposed to a teacher with a rigid schedule). I like the ideas of creating more think time by reducing the amount of time in a classroom. I believe that there might be another way. Don't shoot me, but I would challenge teachers to try and teach multiple skills simultaneously to free up some of their time. This is not downtime, but it would be time spent working with another teacher. The morale of the story is that the best lessons are created collaboratively and teachers should consider refining lessons to at least try and make concepts faster to understand. In teaching, speed is usually viewed negatively, but there is a side of me that doesn't believe this is true in all cases.

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