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Characteristics of Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development
I’ve been studying over the past two years how to best create, deliver, use, and abuse #EdTech Professional Development in our district. Like anything, sometimes you eat the bear… and sometimes the bear eats you. That’s why there’s this thing called research that people do, and it really helps to inform you of what works and what doesn’t. So hopefully, this little post will share some of what seems to work. I don’t have all the answers, but some of these ideas seem to ring true and were stolen from some very smart people.
|Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, he eats you.|
Characteristics of Effective Teacher Professional Development
- On the job or job-embedded training
- Connected to classroom practice, pedagogy, and content
- Shaped by data
- Intensive, ongoing, and long-term
- Connects peers with purpose; focuses on innovation
- Collaborative and structured to offer educators chances to learn from others
That’s it in a nutshell. If you are doing these six things already, then you are truly a rock star. If you are like the rest of us, then perhaps a little thought should be given to what each of these characteristics mean. The next six blog posts will address each one of these in turn.
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