Flipped PD

22 Feb

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I have been thinking a great deal about the flipped classroom professional development I am running at present. Some teachers at school asked me recently asked if I had some tips. SO here goes:

Set rules

You could probably call this a policy, but it’s the non-policy policy—just some basic rules and a common language to make sure everyone is starting and finishing at the same point.

Diversify professional development sources

Less about experts and more about staff capacity. To achieve a self-sustaining, always-on operation, it has to be has to be turned over to the teachers through dozens of sources, from books and  resources to blogging and social media.

And not all teachers will be chomping at the bit to hop on twitter to beat the bushes—so give them somewhere to start. Maybe a challenge during a staff meeting:

Look for a variety of resources, a book,  articles, or a streaming webinar. Then find an elegant way to curate and share it all with the school.

Create a pilot

Pilot it in one department  to work out the bugs, the factors you didn’t consider, and to better understand how it might work yourself. You may find this new open approach to PD confuses folks, and that’s okay. Simply go back to steps one and two. Our Maths department was brilliant at this.

Connect teachers

Connect teachers from different schools even in different countries—to not only improve the diversity of resources, but naturally expand professional learning networks in the process. These connections will catalyze the effort as you move on. Relationships and curiosity are awesome.

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