Mrs. Cook's Corner

Indicator 4b

Design, develop, an implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment

In my blog post, Administering 21st Century P.D. I look at professional development through the lens of an administrator. In researching for the blog, I came across a lot of great information on what you shouldn’t do, what teachers hate about PD, what PD should look like, and I reflected on my past professional development opportunities. It was clear! Teachers did not like to sit and get! Just like our students don’t like to sit and get. Since the goal of Professional Development is to build our capacity to increase student learning, I decided to look at PD and student learning in a similar way. We hear it every day, our students need to be taught 21st century skills. It is my belief that we need to teach our educators these 21st century skills as well.

As I have been designing PD, I have really connected to Moersch’s work on Digital Age Best Practices (my blog). He describes seven best practices that are essential to teaching and are easy to apply to all instructional initiatives. His best practices have been instrumental in my development of new content to teach others.

The past two months have probably been the hardest of all my profession. We are all learning how to teach/connect using distance learning. My department is delivering daily professional development to the entire staff of our district. I would describe the experience (as many have) as learning to fly the plane while it is being built in the sky- as it is nose-diving towards the ground. As instructors, we are learning on the spot and trying to share any information that we can as we learn it. What that means is that I am developing my own best practices of teaching adults. Remember, they are just like children, you need to repeat things often, show visuals, and above all else give them practice time and lots of support.