I read an article from Edutopia News entitled "Empowering Teachers with DIY" by Betty Ray, the Edutopia Senior Editor. DIY simply means Do-it-yourself! It talks about how teachers connect with each other and organize themselves to create interesting professional development opportunities. Here is the article. Empowering Teachers with DIY | Edutopia
I agreed that for professional development teachers do have to decide for themselves which professional development opportunities they want to take. Read this article and tell me what you think. Is she correct?
I find the Empowering Teachers with DIY article very inspirational for professionals looking to improve their instructional practices. I would like to see that the large community of educators involved in these opportunities expands to the point of including a) teachers who are uncomfortable with sharing and collaborating and b) teachers who resist the inclusion of digital learning for themselves and their students.
I wonder is the new evaluation process for teachers in Colorado will include professional development within the context of digital community learning.
I've been reading a few blog posts of Dean Shareski. He posts a thought provoking question in Should teachers own their learning?: "What if school districts and school administrators trusted teachers to let them direct their own PD?" He shares the point of view that many districts mandate what teachers should learn and practice in their classrooms. Is this effective? Is there enough support from colleagues, administration, and at the district level, to make change happen?
As for the DIY movement, "edcamps" are a great way to learn about the technology you need and want to learn about. Folks gather together, suggest what they can share and 'sessions' are created to deliver what is desired. Lots of collaboration takes place in this sort of setting.
Hi Jeanne Rogers,
I enjoyed reading your response. I agree that teachers should own their own learning. As lifelong learners teachers have more effective professional development if they are interested in the topic. I have recently taken two webinars on Teaching the Common Core in Writing by Esther Wojcicki and Thinkfinity's Historical Literacy and the Common Core by Chauncey Monte-Sano, University of Michigan.