Yesterday afternoon after all our students got on the bus and headed home, the educators in our building gathered with their Professional Development Teams around the building. Each team spent the hour digging into the topic that is most relevant to them. These topics were voted on by the staff last spring, and then staff members signed up for teams this past fall. Throughout the year, teams have been holding their own inquiry study on their topic.
As we are approaching the end of the year, it is important to remember what the main point of professional development is. Primarily, PD is meant as a learning opportunity for teachers to take back to their classroom to impact the learning of their students.
So what should we do in order to let our students know what we’re learning about? How do we help them to know that we are seeking to grow as well? I’m not sure that I have the absolute ideas, but I can think of one way: simply share with your students what you learned, and how that will impact your teaching moving forward. By telling our students about the things we learned about, we accomplish several things. First we model for our students that we are learners. More importantly though, it creates accountability. Not accountability with ourselves, or accountability with a colleague. It creates accountability to the people that we are learning for: our students.
After your next PD session, take a moment to reflect on what you have learned, and more importantly, how you will share that learning with your students!
Have you ever shared with your students about PD experiences before? How did that go for you? What was the good that came from that? Share your thoughts in the comments below!