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Sixth grade English Teacher from Virginia

We are students too.

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As a first year teacher, I have often wondered about the mechanics behind professional development. We are required to attend PD each month as a district and as needed on our own. The problem I have encountered is that some of them are not beneficial to me. I felt like your question #3, How will PD be deeply engaging and relevant to adult learners, was most important. As much as teachers would like to think their learning style is different from that of their students, it is very much alike. As adults, we still need to be engaged and connected with our lessons. As a learner, I want to know “how is this relevant to me” before I invest my time and interest.

It was very enlightening to read how much goes into your presentation. I’m sure that your audience appreciates your efforts.

Founder and Chief of Innovation, Envision Education, Oakland CA

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Thanks for the affirmation - we believe that everyone deserves thoughtfully and intentionally designed learning experiences - a real Professional Learning Community!

M.S. Ed grad student

I loved the article. I was

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I loved the article. I was impressed by the concept of professional development not as a clipboard action to encircle educators into an agenda set forth by boards of education. But, actually a plan of action that enables educators to see, touch and feel methods for learning that can be incorporated in the classroom. Learning with and from peers is dynamic! The info really does seem to be more comprehensive, and puts us all on the same page. I think students sense and appreciate that consistency.

The Importance of Planning for Transfer

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Thanks for a nice anchor to reflect on PD... I think you suggest one of the key elements to "making learning stick" and that's planning for transfer before leaving the learning experience. As a former staff developer with Expeditionary Learning Schools and now as Director of Teaching and Learning at The American School of Sao Paulo, I try to integrate time into PD to do the type of work that impacts practice tomorrow. I love the reminder that we don't need to be the ones leading the learning, but simply crafting the experience to honor the expertise within our staff.

Elementary School Computer Teacher and Technology Specialist from New York

A Sense Of Humor

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I think a sense of humor is another key in PD. It puts everyone at ease and lessens the stress level, as most meetings these days seem to be such high stressed due to high stakes. Works for kids, so it should work for adults, too.

Exploring frontiers of teaching, jazz, yoga, Macs, film

PD should model what you want to see in the classroom

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Great post Bob,
You had me at "Are PD leaders modeling integrity...?" I'm a strong believer that PD should model what you want to see in the classroom, putting teachers into a rich and reflective learning environment.

Your readers might like my post "A Guide to Designing Effective Professional Development: Essential Questions for the Successful Staff Developer" http://bit.ly/r9KvgK

My position as "Technology

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My position as "Technology Teacher-Integration Specialist" means that I often lead PD activities on district Institute Days. With limited time and perhaps low confidence, I always struggle with question numbers 2. How can I, as a teacher's equal, really assess them? How can I follow up with these teachers after the PD session to ensure that they are effectively putting what we discussed into practice without "checking up on them"? Often, I think teachers feel like we want to evaluate their teaching, when really, I am focused on the effect of technology on student learning.

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Love the piece Bob. Our professional development team at Eagle Rock believes in job-embedded professional development and we also think it's important to bring student voice into the PD. If not actual students... some activity that roots folks to what they are there for at the end of the day -to improve student achievement.

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