Make your Professional Development Meaningful and Relevant to the Participants.
When you think of professional development, what first comes to mind? OR When I first lead a PD session it was awful. I was nervous, it was boring and I just was not as confident as I wanted to be. To be quite honest I can talk in front of hundreds of kids in the room and I feel great. However, you get me in front of a room full of teachers and I shut down. I rushed through the content, stuttered my words and just ugh...I was ready for it to be over. After years of leading many PD sessions, I have learned some tips to create a successful PD session and this session reaffirmed them. The session I attended the second day at the SC EdTech conference affirmed what teachers want the in professional development. They want... It offers voice/choice: Teachers have different needs especially when they teach different content and grade levels. If you don’t know where to start or what they want, perhaps surveying your teachers would be a first step for you. Make it