Allison Borland, Kaylie Breaux, and Libbi Swingle
Through our experiences as educators, we have encountered various forms and qualities of professional development. The following list includes characteristics of both positive and negative training experiences.
Is multimodal to include opportunities for interaction between both the facilitator and audience allowing for kinesthetic elements and brain breaks
Allows members to build off of each other's ideas and have frequent opportunities for discussion and collective development of strategy implementation
Allows ample time to review and determine the potential of implementation of new ideas and practices
Provides hands-on experience to experience and internalize new strategies that can be useful within the classroom
What the research says...
Is applicable to all members and is differentiated to address interdisciplinary concerns and questions
Practices to Avoid
- Speaking at the audience instead of including them
- Acting as the expert and not respecting the expertise of educators
- Having a discipline-specific training for a school-wide setting
- A single focused strategy that does not allow for differentiation to meet the needs of each educator
- Relying solely on a powerpoint
- Neglecting time for practice to ensure understanding
- Refusing to address or give the opportunity for questions
- Being unprepared for the training
- Neglecting time for reflection on the learning experience
- Unrealistic expectations
- Refusing the use of technology
- Solitary thinking and learning-GET COLLABORATING!
The building blocks of effective