Have you ever been to a professional development class where all you do is grade papers? Or maybe you finished quilting that blanket for your newest grandchild while the presenter talked for 6 hours.
We have all been there, done that, and we are not looking forward to the next PD session the school district thinks that we need to attend.
I agree that change has to happen with professional development. There is no need for us to sit and listen to someone talk to us for six hours on a Friday. Can the presenter send us the 100 slide PowerPoint the day before? That way he/she does not have to feel like they have to read us every word on every slide. I can read, I can skim through a power point and obtain the general concept on my own.
What if we flip professional development just like we flip the classroom? If we as educators expect our students to go home and watch a video, slideshow, or research a topic then we should be able to complete the same task.
Imagine this scenario: A second grade teacher has just been told that on Friday, instead of being able to work in her classroom, she will be attending an all day training on how to use Google Drive. Her first thought is great what is Google Drive and how am I going to use that with my second grade classrooms?
The week went on and the teacher was still dreading the Google Drive PD. However, on Thursday morning, the teacher was greeted with an email from Friday's presenter. The email provided a Prezi that explained Google Drive, examples of how to use Google Drive in the Second Grade classroom, and videos on the basic functions of Google Drive. The best part was the last few sentence at the bottom of email. It stated, "Friday's Professional Development Course will begin at 8:00 am. For those of you that read over the Prezi, go over the examples of how to use Google Drive, and complete a short assessment you will not need to show up until 10:00."
The teacher reviewed the Prezi, watched the videos, and answered the questions as soon as she got home from school that day. She showed up to the PD session at 10:00 and the facilitator was just finishing up going over the material that she reviewed the day before. The second grade teacher was able to use those two extra hours in her classroom to finish up grading, cleaning up from the week, and pulling together resources for the following week.
The innovation of the Professional Development did not stop with the flipping of the content but rather the whole PD was geared towards using the application, hands-on experience of using Google Drive, and creating lessons that implemented the online tools. The remaining four hours of the PD flew by so fast for the teacher. She was amazed and impressed with the layout of the day.
If you think that you would like to experience this type of Professional Development, sign up for one of our courses. You won't be disappointed. Click here for a list of flipped professional development course.
DSD Professional Development Coordinator