What do teachers want from their professional development?
Considering changing up your current professional development plan? Then I found the perfect infographic on Twitter for you. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.
Before changing your professional development plan, you should learn what teachers expect to get from their PD first. This infographic, posted by one of SimpleK12's most popular presenters, Steven W. Anderson, and created by Sylvia Duckworth, covers the top 10 things teachers want from their professional development. You can see the infographic below.
Essentially, teachers want PD that is relevant to their classrooms, they can implement right away, will benefit them and their students, and won't become outdated quickly. They also want the ability to have some say in their PD because, after all, they should know better than anyone what their classroom needs the most. Lastly, they want PD that lets them work with others, that's a collaborative process, and one that, hopefully, the admin also participates in. All in all, it doesn't seem like a list of outlandish demands.
What would you add to this list? Does your school need work in any of these areas? What's your favorite type of PD?
Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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