Professional development

As I was assembling the blog posts for the Wednesday voicEd Radio show, I saw a theme that jumped out at me.

It started with one of the tags that Paul McGuire had put on his post.


As opposed to what?  Old professional development?


I think about the good ol’ days and what professional development meant when I started my career and I enjoyed immensely.

  • Board PD Day
  • Federation PD Day

And, that’s about it!  Two shots of inspiration and you’re good to go for a year.

As a new teacher, I was worried about keeping my job so went back to summer school at Faculties of Education to get some Additional Qualifications to make me indispensable.  I hadn’t totally understood the concept of seniority lists until a person that was hired a day after me was moved to a different school because of numbers.

I’m guessing that you could still follow that strategy but Paul’s tag opened my eyes to the messages from others that I included in the show.

Here are snippets of messages…

Set the context before reading. Think back to your first year teaching and what was available to you at the time.

Now, read on.

Paul Mcguire

Apart for the great rapid-fire banter that goes on throughout the show, the notes included as part of their weekly work are truly incredible. Everything is hyperlinked with notes that you can use to follow up on their recommendations.

Rodd Lucier

Our conference experience will be framed by a workshop titled: ‘Going EPIC with Orcas‘, where we will consider how passion projects and project based learning can bring joy and foster connection among learners.

Amy Szerminska

Both school and classroom culture are strongly influenced by the norms and beliefs that exist in the greater community, and by the policies dictated by the state, province, or county.

I modeled the change in language that our new culture required.

Will Gourley

When we shift from the teach, test, and move on model of instruction to the teach, apply, connect, assess, and revisit model our students’ abilities to acquire, apply and retain concepts will improve.

Lisa Cranston

At the #BIT2018 conference in Niagara Falls this November, I am facilitating a Learning Spaces conversation around the topic of Building Community in Online Classrooms.

How do you build a sense of community in an online classroom?

How far have we come!  These progressive educators send an incredibly strong message of progress, understanding, growth, and leadership.

As Amy posts as what she identifies as part of her list of norms.

Learning is never over.

I can’t help but think that it might well have been over in the ol’ days where professional development was truly an event.

Today, with the use of contemporary online tools, it’s almost impossible to escape continuous learning.

It’s also possible to be an influencer.  In the ol’ days, you might well write a convincing article like any of the above.  Then, you’d send it off to a journal where it might be peer-reviewed, edited, and then selected for publication.  In the cases above, these folks were inspired to share their thoughts with themselves, one of the primary reasons for blogging, or the rest of the world if they care to drop by.  In Paul’s case, 5,276 people will be notified by email whenever he gets the inspiration to write a post.

So yeah, Amy nails it.  Learning is never over when you’re connected to wonderful writers like the above.

Check in tomorrow where I’ll share the actual links to these blog posts and more.

OTR Links 10/11/2018

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.