We all want personalised PLD! We're online more and using digital technologies to access social networks for professional and personal growth - anytime, anywhere, anyhow. Schools are also clustering into learning communities, so what does this mean if we reimagine PLD for 2016?
In this blog post, A new era of professional development? Derek Wenmoth highlights some of the drivers for change at the national and international level and shares some practical 'research-based principles that should underpin any planning and decision-making.'
In this blog post on, Reimagining Professional Learning 2016 I talk about catalysts for change and share some example of how schools are already reimagining PLD - beyond traditional methods.
We ask, How might your learning community reimagine PLD for 2016?
I'm really interested in this topic too. I 'stumbled' into a facilitation role as the Future Learning Leader in a school, but really explored this idea of effective professional learning as an eFellow last year. (Here's my blogpost about my findings.)
As an active member of edchatNZ and WellyED I find that increasingly teachers are seeking their own learning, which is exciting.
I'm also currently fascinated by the dispositions we need to see ourselves as learners. In education we often talk about 'learner agency' and by this we mean our students. How might we encourage professional agency? This NZCER publication picks up on this idea too, and it's something I want to continue to think about. I'd be interested in others' thoughts.
Thanks for sharing your blog post here Phillipa.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about disrupting with humility and then your explanation of subsequent 'disruptions' to encourage teachers talking and problem solving together. Very powerful reading thank you. I can see how these opportunities for provocation and discussion can be applied in a virtual realm within and between schools using some of the technologies outlined in this blog post, Digital tools for connected schools.
What do you think, could it still apply?
I agree, Tessa, offering blended synchronous and asynchronous tools for professional learning can be powerful. It can give a variety of ways to contribute voice. I think the key is finding a few useful tools that work for people's preferred ways of learning. For example, I know Twitter floats my boat but hate Facebook for these kinds of conversations - and I'm sure there are people out there for whom it is the exact opposite! Just like our school learners, considering Universal Design for Learning and giving different ways to access and create knowledge, is important.
Thoroughly enjoyed this quick read, 5 Ways Teachers Can Participate in Their Own Professional Development especially as I can see NZ teachers in this post - those self-organising teachers sharing their practice and learning from each other in Twitter chats, Educamps and Connected educator events.
The 5 tips in this post were:
I was blown away with the potential to learn when you want in these global twitter events for educators.
For something closer to home, check out the Twitter links at the bottom of the latest Enabling e-Learning round-up.
Are there any up-coming online events you'd like to share with other teachers here too?