Effective Leaders understand Monkey See, Monkey Do
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Then focus your staff developments by actually doing what you want to see in the classroom. If a student centered classroom is innovative, engaging, relevant, and motivating, then model it in your "classroom" which is your staff development.
Offer options for them to pick and choose from:
- Give them a choice board or a menu to pick and choose their professional development trainings.
- Try FedEx-ing it: Work collaboratively on a PBL or a student-centered lesson. At the end of the training, you must "deliver it" and bring it back to the whole group.
- Flip your Professional Development by giving a 2-minute Web 2.0 Smackdown (teachers show their favorite web 2.0 tools) in the beginning of your time and then go to breakout sessions based on teacher interest.
Do you want to see more technology integration?
The best route for hooking your staff on the values of technology integration is to use it. Some winning ideas are:
- Use a wiki for teachers to take collaborative notes, brainstorm a school procedure, establish meeting norms, or sign up for a school event.
- If you want your classrooms to connect with an authentic audience and build community, then model the power of blogging. Create your own.
- Have them create presentations that tie your school vision to ISTE's NETS for Students.
I've realized that as our district steps towards learner centered classrooms, and we explore project based learning, I need to emphasize Essential Questions. In my own professional development, I should include an Essential Question that drives our P.D. (Thanks Jo Hart for that ah-ha during the Serendipity Webinar yesterday!)
- What are your goals?
- What do you want to see and how can you model that?
- Any ideas you want to add here?
This post was inspired by Scott McLeod's shout out for Leadership Day.