Category Archives: 2012 Professional Development

Do You Want Personalized Professional Development ?

In a previous post on this blog I gave some information regarding the METC (Missouri Ed Tech Conference) that will take place in February 2012.  Since many of you are full-time teachers at school during the day, you may not be able to attend.  However, there is something for you that is free, that’s right FREE that has 57 slots still open and it is on a weekend in February as a pre METC event.

All of you are welcome to attend and I believe it will be just what you want since the topics will come from the participants and the experts or information will come from the participants as well.  This event is called EdCamp.

It is a new concept that has only been done a few times, but it will be very good.  Sometimes we believe we need to have persons who are the “experts” be the only presenter.  However, this is an opportunity to learn from peers in a less formal atmosphere.  If you are a beginner, there will be others.  Often we say, I already knew that when we are listening – so get up and move somewhere else. 

I have heard that the topics at these PD days are never what helps me.  If you want to integrate technology into your lessons to be more effective, then reflect on what you need and attend this EdCamp and ask them.  Someone in the group will know how to help.  Even if the question is “How do I integrate technology when we have such limited resources or our internet is always down or we don’t have money for video conferences, etc, etc.  There has to be others out there that have already discovered some resources you can afford or that are free.

The challenge for every educator is learning from others.  We can’t be too proud to ask or too proud to share.  Remember those worksheets that used to be the way to engage a child – it was never a problem giving them free of charge to others.  “If you like it copy it!” was the often used phrase.  Now the phrase is “If you ask it, someone else has before you and here is their best answer, use it!” 

To be a teacher you must be a learner and a teacher of all!


What do you know about the Common Core?

As an educator we all try to stay abreast of the newest ideas and “buzz words”.  Right now Common Core Standards is a “buzz word” that you need to place in your vocabulary. 

Many states have signed on to these Common Core Standards that have been developed over the last 2 years or more.   They are the result of a national effort and will be the basis for changes in curriculum, assessment, and textbook development.  If you are familiar with state standards, this will be replacing them in many situations. 

ASCD is one of the Associations that will be working to deliver professional development around them.  Schools and classroom teachers need to take the Common Core Standards and translate them into good instruction.  Look for ideas and opportunities to explore how.  Not all is new, but it is a new national effort!  They may function well in your curriculum as a set of benchmarks.