- Students at the conference were invited to participate in many different conversations. Why don't we include our students in our conversations about student learning?
- The most effective conversations were led by facilitators that did not use text based slides. Images that complemented ideas or concepts generated the most unique dialogue.
- Lecture resulted in virtual backlash from participants. As soon as someone started lecturing, Twitter recorded their frustration. How often do we use this delivery method during day-long inservice meetings?
- Small groups were the most effective intimate learning conversations. When I was sitting across from only 2 or 3 educators, we began swapping resources and stories organically. Can we recreate this dialogue during professional development days?
Monday, February 1, 2010
Conversations vs. Presentations
As many of your know, my job requires me to do a significant amount of professional development. My experiences at Educon this past weekend have left me with many questions about what constitutes effective professional development. Specifically,