Questions to Ask Yourself to Determine Your Direction and Resources to Help You Along the Way
For some of us teachers, completing the yearly district PDP (professional development plan) is a source of stress or frustration and for some it is just another hoop to jump through - but I have some great ideas to make it a more easy, meaningful and valuable process this year. Personally I love choosing my own PD, but I also love hearing from others what's out there that they think might work for me that I might otherwise not have discovered. With that in mind, here are 3 easy steps to help you make your PDP this year more than just another form to fill out.
Step 1 Choose Your Own Path
Start with some questions at the link below (to prompt thinking about the direction you'd like your future teaching to move toward):
Reflection readings: What is important to you? Are you setting goals or just jumping through hoops?
Here is the Alberta teachers' step-by-step guide to deciding PDP goals (Via Paul Pichurski ):
Once you've chosen the direction you'd like to travel in your personal growth this coming year, try these resources:
Besides a new round of our pd book discussion groups for the 2014 school year, and a new series of online self paced IB training webinars (earn CMS Renewal Credits for Piedmont faculty -please note that only webinar 1 is currently ready for use at this time, but more will be added throughout the year. ), consider incorporating any of the following for professional growth this year:
New for 2014-2015 "The Piedmont Rockstar World Tour" Classroom Visit Program - Is there a colleague you'd like to see in action but have no time to do so? Last year I blogged about many great teaching moments here in our building but nothing can compare to seeing a technique live in action. See me and I can cover your class while you pop in for half an hour at a time!
Step 3: Become More Awesome!
Use the path, try the resources, and see what works. Some stuff will fail but that's ok! How we come back from those failures is a lesson for our students that will last much longer than curricular lessons will.
That's it! Go, Team and Have a Great 2014-2015
This blog is a compendium of District and Piedmont -specific PD opportunities, trainings, and notes.