This post contains a copy of the prezi I presented this week on
Flipping Professional Development – New ways of teacher learning.
I will attempt here to summarise what I spoke about.
Who am I?
I am a year 5 teacher who believes in collaborating and team teaching whenever I can. I think that primary school is a time for making memories and it is what students do with those memories that will stand the test of time. I aim to create a classroom where group work is valued, where creativity is fostered and where students construct their own learning. I do not believe that I am the sage in the stage, the boss of the room and I refuse to set out my classroom in rows. I believe in the power of class and student blogging and in students teaching students, using the example of Mr Avery’s Student made Maths movies‘ wiki. My students create an online digital presence and learn cyber safety in authentic and meaningful ways.
Old ways and new ways of learning
I used to think teacher professional development took place in dusty halls on the first or last day of term, I now know that my professional development can be anytime any place, through my use of Twitter and my PLN.
What did I learn – Working smarter not harder
Since this talk was given to a primary and secondary school my aim was to whet their appetites. So in this section I attempted to give an impression of the myriad of sites I have discovered, the blogs I have read, the tools I have used and the conferences/podcasts I have listened to. I also tried to show how using these sites and tools had improved my life as a teacher and not simply added extra work to it. How using tools such as edmodo and scratch can engage and empower students and help me to work smarter not harder.
So how can you connect and learn?
Again my intention was to show all the different ways teachers can connect with and learn from other educators. I tried to include visual, auditory as well as more traditional ways of learning such as reading blogs. Again my intention was to whet their appetites.
We live in a rapidly changing world. The students we teach today will graduate into a world of work completely different to the one we see today. Research out of the UK tells us that 60% of our students will work in jobs that haven’t even been created yet. And that what the world needs is solvers of problems and divergent thinkers. With seven billion people on this planet we need young people to be creative, flexible and adaptable. With the introduction of smart phones, which are in my opinion ending up in the hands of younger and younger students. We also need to develop our own positive digital footprints so that we can model appropriate online behaviour to our students and guide them as they learn to take responsibility for their online presence.
The fifteen minute rule
I live by the fifteen minute rule when it comes to my learning. Take fifteen minutes a few times a week, to read something new, listen to something new or connect to someone new and before you know you will have learned something new. Take baby steps, do not feel so overwhelmed that you end up doing nothing. Do not rest on your laurels and think teaching in the way you have always done, will do anymore. Get out of your comfort zone and improve your life as a teacher and your student’s lives too. Even during the holidays fifteen minutes can be found once or twice a week. So that next term when you arrive back in this hall, you will not think that teacher professional development is something that is done for you. You will be on your way to developing your PLN and changing your life, just like I have.