The proof of new learning can come from teacher reflection, video showcases, peer sharing and observations, studio classrooms, modified classroom walkthrough formats, teacher blogs, or online teacher portfolios. After all, most teachers have or are transitioning to having an online presence and would love more time and support to develop this part of their practice.
DIY learning experiences mirror the self-directed learning and evidence-based assessments we are encouraging our students to use. Asking teachers to participate in a similar process will help them create models for students and be able to share their own experiences as they help navigate students through new learning expectations.
DIY PD also honors diverse learning styles, teachers as professionals, the other daily learning teachers are naturally engaging in as part of their lesson planning, and the continuing education and licensing classes they are likely taking on top of the school-based professional development expectations.
Expecting our teacher PD to reflect best teaching practices in the classroom is long overdue. DIY PD is one approach that demonstrates best practices while truly helping all teachers see immediate improvements in a flexible learning environment. And if you're a savvy administrator, it can also help save money and earn more respect from teachers.
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