Tag: professional development

What is Essential in Professional Development?

As I prepared for my blog post this week, the word ‘essential’ kept running through my mind.  What does e-s-s-e-n-t-i-a-l mean?   How is it used in our world today?  How does its real world use relate to school professional development?  I think we would all agree about what is considered an essential when we travel…

A Case for High Anxiety – Tech & Substitute Teachers

Recently, I had the chance to view a 1977 Mel Brook’s movie called High Anxiety.  In that movie, Dr. Richard Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) receives repeated therapy for his fear of heights.  However, none of these sessions take him through any real authentic and meaningful steps for countering the fear.  He continues to have episodes of…

PD Planning Through My Eyes

I have been providing professional development to teachers for almost a decade.  During that time, it’s been interesting to witness the different formats that school districts and conference use to structure their professional development.  I’ve been told before that my session needs to last 7 hours or been asked what do you think would be a good…

Engagement is Important, but Mindfulness is More

  “Blinkers, sometimes known as blinders, are a piece of horse tack that prevent the horse seeing to the rear and, in some cases, to the side.  Many racehorse trainers believe these keep horses focused on what is in front, encouraging them to pay attention to the race rather than other distractions, such as crowds….