Andrew Campbell asked tonight on Twitter:
Then I had a related thought:
If I want to improve my teaching, I can work on something myself or I can learn from others (or both).
What would I want to learn?
A full day… 8 hours… no restrictions, no prescriptions, no requirements, no accountability, no strings… just work to improve my teaching….
It was harder than I expected, until I had the defining thought:
What do my students need me to be better at?
So instantly I landed on Assessment. That’s my area for improvement, and that’s what I would spend my day on.
- Before that day, decide on a specific focus (for me, probably assessment as learning, including peer assessment and self-reflection) and gather some short articles from trusted, external sources.
- Start the day reading those articles, and writing a short, reflective blog post. The post is to share my learning and hopefully get some helpful feedback from my PLN.
- Apply my prior knowledge and my new learning to a specific task that I’m planning for my class. If there is time, plan multiple learning opportunities using different strategies.
- Share those tasks with my PLN and solicit more feedback.
- Reflect, modify, reshare, etc.
Let’s be realistic – I ran out of time already, and I’ll be finishing at night.
This would be good PD
It would be wonderful to spend a day like this, although I don’t want to miss my class or my family, so it would be a really expensive day in that sense. It might be worth it, though.
What would you do?
Check out Andrew’s response (clever fella):