Jenny, who blogs at Elementary, My Dear, or Far From It and teaches 5th grade in a school in our overly large school district, has a message for those of us in central office who plan and present professional development sessions.
Should I end up in a role in which I am planning meetings or professional development for teachers I want to remember two things (at least):
- Respect teachers’ time. Every moment in meetings and PD should be valuable and worthwhile.
- Give them time to reflect and process.
If those two things were at the forefront of the minds of anyone planning meetings I have to attend, I would have a lot more interest in being there.
She’s exactly right.
And, at least in the little corner of the bureaucracy under our control, we will make every attempt to do just that.